Microsoft’s Hybrid Cloud Strategy
Microsoft built Azure to be hybrid from day one, so we didn’t sort of back into it. Hybrid is ultimately an operating model.
When you think about hybrid offerings, there are really two things you should effectively keep in mind. Technologies like Azure Stack and Azure Stack HCI are effectively ‘Azure in a box.’ (They provide) the Azure consistency of the infrastructure that runs in it, services that are part of it, that the customers can take and run in their data center. As part of this, we work with partners like HP, like Dell and folks like that to deliver this hardware form factor.
We also have something called Azure Arc. And Azure Arc is really a control plane, which effectively allows you to manage your infrastructure that is sitting in your data center, inside the Azure cloud. It also gives you the ability to run any Azure service anywhere that you like. In fact, it is the underpinning of our promise to be multi-cloud. What that means is you can effectively take Azure SQL…and you can run it inside AWS, you can run it inside Google should you choose to.
We believe that we have the most comprehensive sort of approach to this whole hybrid proposition. And the best part is, we are doing it in partnership with all of our partner ecosystem and with the open- source community.
If you keep progressing, you will effectively say that devices, hardware in particular, are getting more capable and getting smaller and smaller. This is where the other aspect of our partner ecosystem comes into play with Azure IoT, with all of these devices that are required to enable IoT scenarios at the edge. It’s another one of those things where it’s a complete partner-led business model for us.
So, hybrid can be multiple things depending on this scenario, but from Stack to Arc to the IoT proposition, we effectively thought about this and deployed and built it in the most comprehensive way possible that absolutely reflects our customers’ reality.