There’s a lot said about Microsoft’s Azure Arc, a management tool for the infrastructure of hybrid cloud features. It’s designed to operate anywhere, with customers at the helm.
Best of all, Azure Arc extends Azure Management across on-premise, multi-cloud, and Edge environments. And customers control it all and do so with more reliability and less difficulty. Think of the Arc as an extension of Azure’s operations (control plane and data plane). Azure Arc’s three components are servers, kubernetes clusters, and services.
Run Servers in Multiple Environments with Azure Arc
Azure Arc servers run in Azure, data center, and multi-cloud environments. Using Azure control plane, customers register existing Linux and Window servers, and run them in bare-metal environments (i.e. virtualization hypervisor directly installed from the hardware).
Regardless if the servers are running from enterprise data center or IaaS environments, once customers register with Azure Arc, the view is translucent and expansive. It leaves nothing out. The new server has an agent, and that agent acts as a conduit–moving between machine and control plane, making sure the health of the machine is ongoing and performance monitoring.
Run Kubernetes in Multiple Environments with Azure Arc
When customers register kubernetes clusters in Azure Arc, they control them because once registered; they become visible, regardless of environment. There, a deployed agent sends logs and metrics to the cloud to analyze in Azure Monitoring Service. The kubernetes control where and how containers run.
Kubernetes simplify things by providing an open source API (Application Programming Interface), and by managing service discovery automatically. It also tracks resource allocations, incorporates load balancing, checks the health of resources, and scales as needed. With the Arc registered, customers assure compliance, security, and follow standard configuration policy.
Run Data Services in Multiple Environments on Azure Arc
Azure Arc manages data services in multiple environments, such as SQL Managed Instance and PostgreSQL Hyperscale. The SQL Managed Instance modernizes maximum migration in a fully managed service. Customers with SQL Managed Instance can lift and shift applications to Azure Arc data services with little effort while maintaining full security.
Here, Microsoft is leveraging kubernetes infrastructure in multiple environments. When thinking PostgreSQL Hyperscale, think massive data. As part of Azure Arc, PostgreSQL Hyperscale runs in kubernetes clusters in multiple environments (i.e. on premise, at Edge, and in public clouds). It supports many areas, such a self-service, scaling, unified-management and connected situations.
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