Understanding the Azure approach to hybrid
As we mentioned earlier in the chapter, when Azure was first released, it was very focused on cloud and web development, with really no provision for running any other types of workloads. That all changed, however, in 2013, with the advent of ARM. Since then, Microsoft has put a lot of investment into hybrid options, with a focus on technologies that allow seamless management across on-premises deployments, Azure, and other public clouds.
Typically, when we refer to hybrid environments, we are talking about one of the following three scenarios:
- On-premises environments: Here, the scenario is to extend the on-premises data center into the Azure cloud. Technologies that you can leverage for this include the following: