Planning Hybrid, Multicloud, and Edge Cloud Strategy With Azure: Why and How?

AUTHOR: stridelysolutions

The launch of cloud computing is one of the most historical events as it empowered enterprises to cut down the operational cost, efforts invested to set up the core infrastructure, and tediousness involved with system maintenance significantly.

It matured as a norm and compelled around 90% of businesses to adopt it. Seeing the surge in cloud computing adoption, market predictions say that the cloud computing market is going to touch the mark of $832.1 million by the time 2025 ends.

One key trait of cloud computing that enforced the enterprises to displace the legacy infrastructure model with this inventive approach is its ability to offer solutions as per the need of the hour. Diverse choices are offered to end-users. They can go with hybrid, multi-cloud, and edge cloud computing.

While adopting cloud computing is the goal, Microsoft Azure has emerged as a viable choice. As per the company’s data, around 206,009 companies are using this solution. It accounts for 27% of the total cloud computing market, which is a significant one.

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Since the commencement, Microsoft strived to deliver nothing but the best to its customers. Recently, Microsoft Ignite week happened and the industry’s veterans ponder over the utility of Microsoft Azure in planning and managing the multi-cloud, hybrid, and edge cloud strategy. We are presenting the excerpt of that in this blog.

Azure Arc – A Game-changer For Hybrid and Multi-Cloud Ecosystems

Depending upon the organizational needs, cloud solutions can be spread across thousands of servers and handle multiple applications. Maintaining security protocols and handling the distributed ecosystem of these solutions is the biggest challenge for the organization.

To address this issue in the best possible manner, Microsoft has launched Azure Arc. This newly launched solution is software enabling Azure users to safeguard the resources deployed over the multi-cloud and on-premises environment, using Azure Resource managers. Resources like Kubernetes clusters and physical/virtual servers can be easily managed by Azure Arc. Usage of Azure Arc permits end-users to manage all resources from a unified platform.

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It even makes enjoying the detailed security, governance, and management abilities of Azure to manage SQL server, Linux, Windows, and Kubernetes deployment, regardless of the deployment location. Edge, datacenters, and multi-cloud can be managed with equal ease and perfection while Azure Arc is at work.

Additionally, Azure Arc endows end-users to produce inventive and intelligent solutions in any cloud deployment environment using the first-hand Azure offered ML, data, and application services.

Microsoft also announced the launch of updated expertise of Azure Arc, especially for hybrid and multi-cloud solutions.

Azure Arc is now offered for VMware vSphere and Azure Stack HCI. Hence, organizations utilizing these two solutions are allowed to secure the present virtual machines and Kubernetes solutions with Azure Arc. Alongside, those who are planning to migrate from on-premise to Azure VMware are eligible for performing the VMs lifecycle management from the Azure portal.

Machine learning abilities of Azure Arc have gone through the commendable update and permit end-users to get ready deployed machine learning models from anywhere.

Azure Arc offers a directly linked mode that can be used to deploy, secure, and manage the databases.

Organizations that were looking for a way to set up an inventive cloud-deployed desktop and application virtualization way out will be benefitted greatly from Azure Arc as it offers Azure virtual desktop. This service is offered on Azure Stack HCI and can fix the latency and regularity issues.

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Microsoft Defender is now more capable to protect and manage the multi-cloud as its Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) and Workload Protection abilities get a makeover and permit end-users to safeguard all their multi-cloud solutions from a centralized place.

Azure migration and modernization are also received the full support of Azure Arc and end-users are allowed to use all its features to make migration smooth and seamless.

All the above-mentioned Azure Arc updates were as per the need of the hours and get welcomed by the industry. This explains why many leading names such as Royal Bank of Canada and MAPFRE have shown their trust in Azure Arc and handed –over the task of managing multi-cloud and hybrid cloud solutions in its hands.

Royal Bank of Canada is currently benefitted from Azure Arc-enabled data services. Its mammoth data collection is managed easily by the solutions.

MAPFRE chose Azure Arc to protect and govern its thousands of Linux and Windows servers.

Azure – The Dependable Resource for Edge Computing

Out of all sorts of cloud computing types, edge computing is the freshest. Yet, it has managed to receive enough attention. The edge computing market was at the mark of $1.734 billion in 2017, and is likely to get close to $16.557 billion by 2025,

It’s a distributed computing approach that aims to bring data storage and computation closer to the location where these two resources are required at a particular time. While this type of computing reaps multiple benefits, it necessitates a wide range of intelligent cloud and distributed solutions as the application managed to edge computing must be competent to operate in a connected and disconnected state with equal perfection.

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Azure comprehended well the demands of cloud computing and has weaved its capacities in a way that they are apt for edge computing planning, deployment, and management. Have a look at them.

  • Azure is built in a way to offer consistency across the entire programming model, AI used, data services used, and DevOps solution so that the management of edge computing deployments is efficacious.
  • To ensure edge computing deployments are adequately protected and secure, Azure Security Center offers unified security management and threat protection solutions. The solutions feature protection against specific risks that are present only for edge computing deployments. Azure Sphere’s security is the ideal example.
  • Edge computing needs a unified identity control solution and Azure Active Directory offers exactly the same. With its help, unidentified access can be kept at bay from edge computing solutions.
  • Azure IoT Edge is now able to work offline. As quoted above edge computing applications should be able to operate regardless of the internet state. Azure IoT Edge has made this possible and allows IoT devices to operate seamlessly even if there is no internet connectivity.
  • Azure IoT Central is a specified edge computing solution enabling end-users to monitor, connect, and manage all the deployed IoT assets in one go. It also makes adding fresh value to the connected IoT devices.

Walmart, the leading retail giant, has already utilized the power for Azure IoT Edge for its e-commerce platform and has managed to augment its annual turnover by 79%. It happens when Walmart adopted Azure Cosmos DB.

The solution was used for handling online transactions during holiday seasons as this time there was a need for a cloud-native database with the least possible latency and ability to process billions of transection with 99.999% availability.

Azure Cosmos DB used multi-region writes to make availability expanded as much as possible. The latency was also negligible, sub-10-ms, which made the customer experience better than ever.

Seamless Business Transformation with Detailed Azure Data Features

Data, saved anywhere, need to be handled carefully. Azure offers end-to-end data competencies to expand the business transformation:

  • Azure Synapse Link comes with superb abilities for Dataverse that allow immediate insights to high-end Microsoft Dynamics 365 data and SQL Server 2022. To expand the capabilities of Azure Synapse, Azure Synapse Data Explorer is also included in it. With its assistance, end-users can gain easy access to the machine and user data and utility it for business process improvement.
  • The need of providing robust data governance is at its all-time high as cyber risks are increasing. Azure Preview is a genius way to develop a centralized data governance system for a multi-cloud and hybrid deployment. Owing to its general accessibility, more the 57 billion data assets have been already recognized with its help.

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Enhance Collaboration for Advance Cloud Management

While multiple cloud deployments are used, it’s imperative to have a continual yet seamless collaboration and communication network amongst the teams. The users of Azure subscriptions are allowed to distribute Power Apps as per the need of the team without asking for an extra pre-paid license. Both Power and Microsoft Team platforms can work in conjecture with Azure services and can enhance team collaboration.

Ending Notes

Cloud computing is the future is here to stay for longer. As more and more organizations are adopting this computing technology, Azure is altering its course of action to address the intensified needs with absolute accuracy. The launch of Azure Arc is proof of it. It offers unified solutions for planning, managing, and deploying multi-cloud, hybrid, and edge computing solutions. Azure IoT Edge is a viable way to leverage the utility of IoT devices and make them connected always.

Data stored over cloud or related to cloud deployments can be handled and monitored with the utmost perfection as Azure has solutions like Azure Synapse Link and Azure Preview. In short, if you’re in dearth need of a seamless solution to plan, deploy, and manage all your cloud-based assets then nothing can beat Azure. Investing money and efforts in this tool will reap lucrative perks. For seamless implementation, take Stridely’s Azure Cloud Services.

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