Change in the world is rapid. New, revolutionary technology, changes in the economy, and the multifaceted post-COVID-19 world are driving customers across every industry to innovate and adaptive cloud. AI will accelerate change.
Customers innovate to keep up with rapid market shifts and technological advances, but they need a single innovation and operations platform for all business initiatives. In their rush to innovate, they’ve created many projects and initiatives across the company, each with its own approach.
They want our help in three main areas:
Sprawling systems: Most companies have resource explosions. Multicloud and adaptive cloud deployments, operational edge servers, and IoT devices can be overwhelming. Every new location and technology makes patching, configuring, and securing exponentially harder.
Team silos: Rapid innovation is happening in every business unit, usually uncoordinated. Few opportunities exist to share work or knowledge. Additionally, IT, development, and operational technology (OT) teams run separate technology initiatives and roll out new technology in an uncoordinated manner, resulting in duplicated effort and increased financial and security risk. Silos unintentionally lock talents in a project or tech stack, limiting their impact.
Technical debt: Short-term solutions without a long-term strategy often cause systems incompatibility, trapping valuable data where it was created and preventing business growth.
A unified platform and system are needed to address these issues. They invest in Azure Arc to solve these issues because you believe Azure can help. They can do more by combining agility and intelligence so her customers can proactively adapt to change rather than react and stay competitive in a changing landscape.
The Azure adaptive cloud approach
Azure Arc momentum excites us. They have over 21,000 active customers and excellent growth. They crossed hybrid, multicloud, edge, and IoT market categories with Azure Arc. Customers want more modularity, integration, and simplicity. They believe her adaptive approach can help our customers achieve this goal.
The adaptive cloud approach unites siloed teams, distributed sites, and sprawling systems into a single operations, security, application, and data model, allowing organizations to use cloud-native and AI technologies across hybrid, multicloud, edge, and IoT.
Innovative Azure capabilities
Azure is extending Azure Resource Manager (ARM) to adopt the adaptive cloud approach. Azure Resource Manager manages many configurations, logs, and metrics for each resource. Your Azure investments have one source of truth. Azure Arc projects hybrid, multicloud, edge, and IoT resources to Azure Resource Manager. A single source of truth and cloud services can be easily applied to your globally distributed digital estate. Azure Monitor, an observability tool, provides visibility across thousands of assets. Microsoft Defender for Cloud, Microsoft Sentinel, and Azure Policy for security enforcement help you improve your security. Azure Arc can do a lot today, but we envision a world where you can use AI to amplify your impact in existing and new scenarios.
Use AI-enhanced central management and security
Many core Azure management and security capabilities have been added to Azure Arc in recent years. Central visibility and security is our customers’ most common use case. You can use role-based access control, Azure Policy, Key Vault, Microsoft Defender for Cloud, Microsoft Sentinel, and Azure Monitor across your digital estate today
Just announced: Microsoft Copilot for Azure preview. Copilot will now be able to reason over data you enter directly into Azure Resource Manager or other services like Azure Monitor, regardless of location.
From there, you can change your digital estate work. Dull troubleshooting is one example. Logging, emailing, and reading documentation can be tedious. Copilot lets you scale resource metrics and configuration and status analysis. Further exploration and intelligent assessment, such as anomaly detection of unexpected changes, and cloud-to-edge recommendations are possible with Copilot.
Microsoft Copilot for Azure can identify issues and provide cluster information for Azure Stack HCI version 23H2. Copilot automatically pulls context from the current conversation or Azure portal page when you ask about your edge infrastructure.
VMware Explore EU announced Azure Arc-enabled VMware vSphere capabilities were general availability. Azure Resource Manager simplifies VMware vSphere resource management. IT is greatly improved by AI-enhanced management, allowing teams to discover new capabilities and scenarios and focus on strategic tasks rather than administrative tasks. Copilot, your universal AI assistant, integrates seamlessly with the Azure portal and management tools to streamline and standardize collaboration.