A set of Azure capabilities for managing a combination of services hosted in Azure, on-premises, and in other clouds.
Sidebar provides a technical discussion of how Azure Arc enabled data services work.
Azure Arc enabled data services offers a method to deploy select Azure PaaS database services on-premises, in third-party clouds, and in Azure Kubernetes Services.
Azure Arc enabled data services Directly Connected mode simplifies deployment, security, and monitoring but requires a continuous connection to Azure and other Azure services.
Microsoft is increasingly emphasizing a hybrid strategy for its data-center management tools, with on-premises tools offering more integration with Azure services, and Azure-hosted services adding capabilities to manage on-premises resources.
Azure Arc enabled SQL Managed Instance reaches general availability in July 2021, providing the option to deploy the scalable Azure service on-premises and in non-Azure clouds.
Microsoft continues to push customers to Azure, and is reducing their investment in on-premises perpetual software; but organizations accustomed to System Center for data center management will have to adopt several services to duplicate functionality in Azure.
Although System Center is still being updated and supported, Microsoft is prioritizing investments in Azure-hosted management services.
Azure Arc can help customers with on-premises and hybrid requirements centralize management of SQL Server deployments, using Azure services.
Sidebar provides an overview of Azure Arc.
Azure Arc data services enables hosting of select Azure database services outside of Azure, providing cost scaling and Azure security for customers with on-premises requirements.