Azure Arc: Bring Azure hybrid to any infrastructure.


(upbeat electronic music) (audience applauding) – Welcome to “Microsoft Mechanics Live”. Coming up we’re joined
by Azure CVP Julia White for an in-depth look at Azure Arc, a new way to manage your
servers, virtual machines, and Kubernetes clusters,
even Azure data services, on any infrastructure, any
cloud, and at any edge. Now we’re gonna take a look
at how Azure Arc unifies management, governance, and
control with your virtual and physical machines
right from the Azure portal and how Azure Arc also
enables Azure Data Services to run on any Kubernetes cluster and we’re also gonna take a
look at recent updates across the Azure Stack family. So do to that, please join
me in welcoming Julia White back to the show. (audience applauds)
– Woo! It’s great to be back, Jeremy. – Thank you, so it’s really
been a huge week for Azure, especially when it comes to
hybrid configuration options across infrastructure and data. – Absolutely, it’s been
a very, very big week ’cause every large customer we have is mostly running a hybrid environment and that used to be defined
by running applications spanning on premises, data
center, and the cloud. But now customers need
to run systems across multiple data centers,
multiple clouds, and the edge. Hybrid has moved from being this single dimensional experience
to being multi-dimensional and we’re now delivering that next phase of hybrid capabilities by
enabling Azure Services and cloud practices wherever
you need in a consistent way. – How does Azure Arc now change the game? Can you explain more
about what Azure Arc is and what it’s solving for? – Yeah, so what we found is
that the cloud has matured and organizations have
adopted cloud services. Many large organizations today have distributed infrastructures. Their resources may be
hosted locally on premises, in various clouds across the globe, and there’s different tools and approaches to managing those resources. So it’s complex and many
of you lack that visibility across those siloed resources. Multi-geography in a
multi-resource management at scale is something that Azure
already does natively with Azure Resource Manager. – So how does this all work then? – As you’re building a modern application that runs more distributed
across clouds, on prem, and at the edge, you need that
single unified control point to manage everything
effectively and securely. Azure Arc actually extends
the Azure control plane and services to any resource
within your environment. It gives you that single
unified management control plane across infrastructure
running your apps and data, whether that sits in Azure, on
other clouds, or on premises. You can take advantage of resources running outside of Azure, map and project them into Azure, and you can also even
write to them, as well. Now it’s easier for you to
manage the infrastructure, the applications you
have, wherever that is, and you can bring Azure
innovation to any infrastructure and manage it all from one place. – Again, this goes beyond just monitoring and logging up to Azure. You can essentially
control any server anywhere like it was running on Azure IaaS. – Yes, and you can even
monitor with Azure Arc, but you also interact
with all of your servers, your Kubernetes clusters right
from within the Azure portal. Let me show you. Here in the Azure portal I’ll go ahead and select into Azure Resource groups. In this case, I’ll
choose my RGVM down here, this resource group. When I go in here, you
can see I have resources sitting in Azure, those are the blue ones, but I have resources
sitting outside of Azure, those purple ones, and you can see in the
Type it says Azure Arc. I’ll click into this one
that sits in the data center and even though it’s
sitting outside of Azure, I can use Azure Services to do management and governance of that. I can see I can use Azure Active Directory to manage access or I can go in and get that single compliance view. I’ll go ahead and click in and I can see that here’s all my policies and I have a resource
that’s non-compliant. I wanna fix that, so I’ll go ahead and click to my initiatives here and you’ll see I have
three different policies and I need to update
the compliance on them so go ahead and choose this middle one. I’ve set up a few policies
here to, in this case, do things like make sure
that all my resources are using the same timezone. Again, not just seeing
it, but right from here, I can go ahead and select this, and then I can create a remediation task so that policy is now
pushed down to the resource sitting in my data center, getting it into compliance right
here from the Azure portal. – Very cool. So again, the nice thing here is that you’ve got this great view
across all your resources whether they’re in a single
location, multiple locations, or in an infrastructure. Just to be clear, these
could be virtual machines, they could be running on prem, they could be physical servers, they could be running in
Azure AWS or the Google Cloud. You can see them and manage them. – That’s right, I really mean anywhere. It also means you’ll be able
further modernize operations with a cloud-powered AI
that’s actually part of the security and
management tools of Azure. – Right, this is a great
option to manage policy, keep your resources protected. But I wanna switch gears here ’cause we also mentioned that Azure Arc even brings Azure data
services to any infrastructure. How would that work? – Even Azure data services
work here on existing hardware. This gives you to ultimate
flexibility to run and manage your data
wherever you wanna put it. We’ve started by bringing
Azure SQL Database and Azure Database for Postgres to be able to enable this capability. Now I can literally go and deploy my SQL and Prosgres SQL, even
Hyperscale capabilities to any Kubernetes cluster on
any existing infrastructure. Here I am in the portal again. I’ll go ahead and click
to my Resource group and in this case I’ll choose my Ignite2019 resource group there and when I go in here, you
can see I have databases sitting in Azure, but also
extended out with Azure Arc and I have SQL-managed instance in my database for Postgres here. Using Azure Arc to be deployed on premises in other locations. I’ll go ahead and click on
my Postgres database here. Even though this is
sitting outside of Azure, I can actually scale it up using the Hyperscale capabilities. Go ahead and configure that and I’ll put my worker
nodes, push them up 44. I know that’s a number you like, Jeremy. Go to 44.
– 44’s great. – [Julia] I can also
do vCores and storage, those things look okay, so I’ll go ahead and save that. – [Jeremy] That’s 3,000 cores. – [Julia] It’s amazing. Doing the math. Then I go to the rebalancing and I can see right here from the portal, the data sharding across
those 40 new nodes that I just added in addition to the four that I already had. – Is this gonna work the
same way that we have, in terms of Azure Data Studio or CLI, where I can also manage and
do these types of things right now with data services in Azure? – Yeah, of course! These tools are calling the
same APIs as the Azure portal. The nice thing is that
as a Azure data service, is that it’s kept kept up-to-date just like it is when
it’s running within Azure so you get that cloud benefit on prem. – Awesome, now with
this ability to run data and management services
on any infrastructure, I’m curious now where does
Azure Stack fit into this? – That’s a question I keep getting. Azure Stack is another important aspect of our hybrid capability. It brings a consistent
Azure infrastructure to any environment and can even work in
disconnected situations. Azure Stack has expanded to
become a family of products that extend Azure into their data center or right at the edge. On one end of the continuum
we have Azure Stack Hub that is great for full
cloud native applications and it extends that consistent full stack of Azure Services to reside
within your data center. On the other end of the
spectrum we have Azure Stack HCI that’s optimized for virtualized
legacy systems on prem and it connects back with Azure. Then in the middle we have
our new Azure Stack Edge, which is designed for data
processing, AI inferencing, right there at the edge situation. – For those of you who aren’t
familiar with Azure Stack Hub, it’s the new name for
the original Azure Stack. It’s fully-optimized, it’s
purpose-built, it’s integrated the system that runs Azure
Services in your data center. It works whether you’re
connected to the internet or completely disconnected. It’s great for developers who want that consistent environment
and it’s autonomous. – Right, think about a use
case like a shipping company where considering ships are at sea and they need to be able
to run Azure Services, but they don’t always
have internet connectivity unless they’re at the port
or there’s latency issues even when they are connected. They still wanna be able to
monitor, to manage operations real time on the ship, so
they would run some operations locally with Azure Stack within each ship. – Again, this can work
completely disconnected and it’s been great in
the last couple years to see the momentum here and how Azure Stack Hub can
solve for challenging issues like data sovereignty or
giving consistent experiences for developers, for IT
organizations with the public cloud. – Sometimes you might
just need edge processing, lighter weight. With Azure Stack Edge, it’s built for that data processing AI inferencing. It’s great for data collection, rapid machine learning at the edge and pre-processing data before
you send it up to Azure. Finally, we have Azure Stack HCI, which is a familiar and hyper-converged Windows Server 2019 cluster
that uses validated hardware to run virtualized workloads on premises. It’s great for when you want
to refresh aging hardware or you wanna consolidate
virtualized workloads, and my favorite,
connecting back with Azure for hybrid cloud services
using the Windows Admin Center. Here in the Windows Admin Center I have my Azure Hybrid Services Tool, where I have one view of all the sools within the whack that I can use. I’ll go ahead and click in here and you can see I have
things like Site Recovery to protect my machines. I have Network Adapter, Azure Monitor for my whole environment, Azure Update management, make
sure everything’s patched to cross my environment. Backup to protect my data. File Sync for effectively
unlimited file server and then Azure Security
Center to provide security across my entire environment
wherever that might reside. – It’s really seamless. It’s gonna work anywhere that you need to have effectively
management, in this case. The Windows Admin Center
is awesome to use. Great seeing all the
updates across Azure Arc and things that you can do
with hybrid management, data, and infrastructure, and also
the updates that we’ve made across Azure Stack and the family there. Where’s the best place
people can do to learn more about all these great technologies? – Absolutely, we’ve been
working on a lotta different resources for all the
different hybrid capabilities. One place to go, azure.com/hybrid and you get everything
you need right from there. – Of course, keep watching
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have for today’s show. Thanks for watching,
we’ll see you next time. (upbeat electronic music)
(audience applauds)

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