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Microsoft announces new Azure Arc database capabilities

by Eamon McCarthy Earls
Assistant Editor,
June 29 2021

Microsoft today announced the general availability of Azure SQL enabled for Arc as a way to run SQL across multiple types of infrastructure. Available in the general tier after July 30, this Database as a Service offering will allow customers to deploy across pre-installed infrastructure and Kubernetes. Capabilities include automated updates, ways to optimize data workload performance and automate database administration tasks.

With this update, made in conjunction with its Hybrid and Multicloud Digital Event, Microsoft continues to position Arc as an integrated, go-to offering for hybrid cloud scenarios. The Arc validation program expands the ecosystem to include partner solutions configured to work with Azure. The list of validated offerings is already quite long, including: Dell EMC PowerFlex, PowerMax, PowerStore, Integrated System for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI, VxRail, APEX Data Storage Services, Red Hat Openshift, Portworx by Pure Storage, VMware Tanzu, and Nutanix Karbon.

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About Eamon McCarthy Earls

As the assistant editor at and, Eamon helps to oversee editorial content on the site and supports site management and strategy. He can be reached at

Before joining, Eamon was editor for at TechTarget, where he covered networking technology, IoT, and cybersecurity. He is also the author of multiple books and previously contributed to publications such as the Boston Globe, Milford Daily News, and DefenceWeb.