At first look, the big hyperscale public clouds are much the same; they offer similar services and charge similar prices. But each has its own specialty as a result of its parent company’s history. For Microsoft, it’s a strong focus on hybrid cloud, understanding that there will always be reasons why workloads don’t leave on-premises data centers, due to either data sensitivity or government regulations.
It’s a commitment that goes both ways, providing tools for quick migration of data and services, using cloud resources for non-sensitive, unregulated data when what’s on-premises is insufficient, and bringing its Azure management tools to your data center, with either Microsoft’s own hardware in Azure Stack, approved third-party hardware with Azure Stack HCI, or its Azure Arc application management tool.
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