Released as a public preview after last year’s Microsoft Ignite conference, Azure Arc is designed to extend Azure’s management features to on-premises resources, like Windows and Linux servers, and servers hosted by other cloud service providers. Azure Arc can also be used to deploy Azure data services, like Azure SQL Managed Instances, on non-Azure infrastructure.
In a blog post published earlier this week, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft Azure, Julia White, says that since its launch, there has been a lot of interest and adoption of Azure Arc across all industries. Including companies like Africa’s Talking, Avanade, DexMach, Ferguson, Fujitsu, KPMG, and Siemens Healthineers. White goes on to say:
Customers can seamlessly organize and govern Windows and Linux servers—both physical and virtual machines (VMs)—across their multi-cloud, multi-edge environment, all from the Azure portal. Customers can now use Azure management services to monitor, secure, and update servers, and audit them with the same Azure Policy across multi-cloud and multi-edge deployments. In addition, customers can implement standardized role-based access control across all their servers to meet important compliance requirements.
Since I first looked at Azure Arc back in January this year, Microsoft has expanded the feature set considerably. At the time of writing, here is a list of features for Azure Arc-enabled servers:
At the time of writing, Azure Arc-enabled servers are supported in the following Azure regions:
There are 15 other Azure regions that are due to receive Azure Arc-enabled servers by the end of 2020.
As is usually the case with Microsoft’s management products and services, there is a mix of services being brought together to offer a more complete capability for organizations that need to manage hybrid workloads. Azure Arc-enabled servers goes a long way to help simplify managing Windows and Linux servers, regardless of their physical location.