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Why Microsoft’s Azure Arc Is A ‘Value Proposition’

‘When you think about what we’re doing versus what our competition or what other vendors are doing, we provide the most flexible solution -- bar none,’ said Arpan Shah, the general manager leading Microsoft’s product marketing for Azure infrastructure.

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’Value Proposition’

Azure Arc is a “value proposition” that resonates with customers who want hybrid, multi-cloud and multi-edge capabilities and want to take advantage of Azure innovation in the way they want, according to Shah. And it also holds value for Microsoft Partners helping to manage those complex hybrid IT estates, he said.

DexMach, a Temse, Belgium-based Microsoft Gold Partner, is one of 12 Azure Arc launch service providers along with Acuutech, Atmosera, Avanade, BrainScale, ClearDATA, Cognizant, Fujitsu, Insight, Smartronix, SNP Technologies and T-Systems.

Azure Arc is about getting the manageability from a cloud environment down to the data center, said Glenn Mattys, head of customer innovation at DexMach.

“That’s the whole mindset that is changing in the lift-and-shift story you’re used to,” Mattys said. “If we implement some cloud projects for our customers, we provide them with easy dashboarding to get all the insights about the cost performance, compliance and security of the cloud environment. With Azure Arc, we can plug in this information from the on-prem data center in those dashboards, and so the customer has a single pane of glass in order to have those insights of their full IT estate. It provides them capabilities to automatically do updating and policy management also on those on-premise services from the cloud with cloud-first principles.”

Some customers are using Azure Arc because, even in the fullness of time, they must keep some applications on premises for data sovereignty or latency reasons. Other are moving more and more applications to the edge. Another class of Azure Arc customers wants to move to the cloud, but not immediately, and they’re using Arc for applications before they migrate.

“It could be a step to move to Azure, but it doesn’t have to be,” Shah said. “Some customers are going to use it much, much longer than that, and we absolutely respect that, and we want to support that scenario.”

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