Microsoft offers developers the ability to run and monitor applications in containers in any cloud or location, including AWS and Google Cloud.
In a blog describing the company’s plans for cloud-based computing, Gabe Monroy, vice president, experience at Azure developers, wrote: “One of the challenges we continue to hear from customers is that despite improved control and the benefits of the Kubernetes ecosystem, it is difficult for developers to use it directly. Developers need to learn many advanced concepts and APIs, which can hurt their productivity. ”
To support hybrid IT, Microsoft introduced a preview of Azure application services using Azure Arc to allow Kubernetes workloads to run across Azure, Local, AWS, and Google Cloud.
According to Microsoft, Azure application services connected through Azure Arc work with any CNCF-compatible Kubernetes cluster and provide a single glass panel with central visibility through Azure Portal and governance and compliance through the Azure Arc Policy. ‘Azure.
“Any Kubernetes cluster under Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) connected via Azure Arc is now a supported deployment target for Azure application services,” Monroy told the blog.
Developers who want to target more local environments, on the edge, or use multiple public clouds typically need to build custom application hosting, data hosting, monitoring, security, and DevOps automation, he said. “Having to generate custom solutions that only exist due to changes in the hosting environment is unproductive and unreliable,” he added.
Siemens Healthineers is one of the organizations that has used Azure Arc in preview to avoid the limitations of data movement in the public cloud. The company provides software-based control called Computer Gaming Receiver for MRI and CT scanners.
Due to data protection regulations that restrict the movement of patient data, the company could not send data to the cloud, which limited oversight. Siemens Healthineers has now used Azure Arc to deploy and manage applications in Kubernetes clusters in tens of thousands of sites.
Thomas Gossler, chief gaming architect at Siemens Healthineers, said: “Azure Arc is the key technology we use to deliver software as a service on the edge of our customers’ local networks.”
According to CCS Insight research, more than 40% of large companies will continue to run more than 40% of their IT workloads on the premises.
Nick McQuire, head of business research at CCS Insight, said: “The core vehicles of Microsoft’s cloud strategy right now are its hybrid cloud capabilities, which continue to be the focus for developers as well.”
McQuire believes Azure Arc is critical to Microsoft’s future when it comes to tackling this complexity and its long-term fortunes in cloud computing.
“The growing flexibility that Microsoft now provides in this area will be good news for customers, as the demand for greater integration between their investments in Kubernetes, along with its Azure services, Azure Stack infrastructure and panel Azure Arc’s control continues to increase, ”he added.