But why would anyone want to do that? Watch the video and find out. The ability to deploy an Azure data service on any hardware has tremendous value as it can address data residency requirements, disconnected scenarios as well as bringing the goodness of the services you receive in Azure to other cloud providers.

Many companies face the reality of multi-cloud, and not all by strategic choices but rather because one of the departments has procured and consumes services from a different cloud platform then central IT has procured.  Let’s say they run an application with a SQL DB, if they do they run a SQL server on a VM, meaning they have sooner then later outdated SQL features, run into end of support issues and have to take care of security all by themselves. By deploying Azure SQL DB MI, you can give them an always up to date SQL version, with advanced data security which has only been available in Azure until the launch of Azure Arc.

Written by Dave Kurth
Thriving within my current role as Product Marketing Manager, I am the leader and voice of the Microsoft Azure within the Swiss subsidiary. Views are my own.