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The 10 Hottest Microsoft Azure Tools Of 2021 (So Far)

Microsoft Azure has undergone a rapid rate of advancement and transformation—from a tool to bridge public and private cloud implementations to a fully managed NoSQL database service for modern app development. Here are CRN’s picks for the 10 hottest Microsoft Azure tools so far this year.

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Azure Arc

This tool for managing various public and private cloud implementations has proven popular among end users who need a bridge between different cloud environments, Bob Bailkoski, CEO of Microsoft partner Logicalis Group, told CRN in June.

“More and more these days, we’re seeing customers not wanting to depend on one public cloud provider,” Bailkoski said. “And therefore, the concept of multi-cloud, whether that’s private and public, or multiple public cloud providers, is becoming more and more prevalent. But the good thing is that Microsoft has openly acknowledged that.”

In May, Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of the Microsoft Cloud and AI Group, unveiled at Microsoft Build the ability to run Microsoft database services on top of Arc.

“The combination of all of this gives you just tremendous flexibility to again build solutions so that ultimate portability can be used everywhere,” Guthrie said. “With Azure Arc, you have a single pane of glass for management and operations and monitoring. … Azure Arc works with any CNCF [Cloud Native Computing Foundation]-conformant Kubernetes cluster, which makes it possible to use Azure application services, data services and infrastructure services literally anywhere to accelerate your innovation faster.”

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