According to Flexera’s 2022 State of the Cloud Report, 80% of organizations have already adopted a hybrid cloud strategy, and 89% a multi-cloud strategy. Moreover, enterprise cloud spending is expected to make 14% of IT revenue globally by 2024. As enterprises continue to embrace the cloud, it is a CIO’s imperative to manage, control, and govern the mix of on-premises, multi-cloud, and edge resources.
Lack of management of resources hampers visibility and control of the entire resources such as security upgrades, performance issues, latest technology patches, software updates, frequent errors and repetitive tasks that can be automated. At the same time, multiple resources in Azure, on-premises and other cloud resources are not agile and easily scalable. It is also critical to take a unified approach to governance and compliance, to manage all IT resources in accordance with policies and regulations based on the geographical locations, and industry specific norms.Azure Arc: A Game Changer in Managing Hybrid and Multi-Cloud Environment
Azure Arc, a service offered by Microsoft Azure enables organizations to manage resources such as servers, Kubernetes clusters, and applications running on-premises, at the edge, or in other clouds in a consistent manner like native Azure resources. Azure tools, APIs, and templates helps organizations to manage their resources, regardless of their location. This makes it easier to manage resources from a single source, in turn delivering unified management experience.
In addition, Azure Arc can support multiple platforms, including Windows and Linux servers, and Kubernetes clusters. This helps manage resources from a single platform across Azure, AWS, Google Cloud, and on-premises environments., regardless of resource type. Azure Arc also offers centralized monitoring and logging for your resources. This means, users can monitor performance and identify and resolve applications issues from a single place while keeping the resources running smoothly. What’s more? Azure Arc also easily integrates with other Azure services such Azure Monitor, Azure Security Centre, and Azure Policy, ensuring seamless management of resources. It offers a consumption-based pricing model, which can be more cost-effective for businesses with fluctuating resource needs. (See the table below for comparative analysis with other cloud services)
Boost business performance with flexibility: Azure Arc enables you to manage your resources running on-premises, at the edge, or in other clouds, lending you the flexibility to run your resources where it makes the most business sense for better performance.
Modernize applications and improve governance: Easily build and modernize cloud native apps on Kubernetes and manage them anywhere, anytime while ensuring monitoring and security. This helps reduce errors and expedite innovation.
Increase operational efficiency: Leverage data insights from on-premise-cloud to edge for faster application development, reduced security risk and improved operational performance.
Improved compliance and data security: Integrate Azure policy, Azure Security Centre and Azure Monitor in your DevOps toolkit. Meet application and data compliance and regulatory standards with Azure Policy and mitigate data breach with Azure Security Centre. In addition, ensure optimal resource usage with Azure Monitoring.Multiply value of Cloud with Better Resource Management
As companies aim to embrace the cloud more fully, they seek to achieve ROI and positive business impact. Azure Arc with its ability to power hybrid and multi-cloud environment reduces application downtime and helps meet most demanding business continuity requirements. Furthermore, consistent resource management, multiple platform support, and centralized monitoring and logging, makes it easy for businesses to better manage and govern their infrastructure. At the same time, Azure Arc helps easily migrate workloads to and from the cloud, helping business take advantage of scalability and reliability.How Companies are Taking Advantage of Azure Arc?