Microsoft announced the preview capabilities of Azure application services to run on basically all CNCF-conformant Kubernetes clusters that are connected via Azure Arc.
In short, cloud-native applications do not have to run through an Azure datacenter anymore as you can now deploy them on AWS, Google Cloud, Kubernetes, on-premise and of course anywhere across Azure.
The specific Azure application services that can now be run virtually anywhere are:
Organisations who were previously concerned about compliance regulations, low-latency connections via computers in edge locations, or those that have simply been apprehensive about the Cloud, can relax after this announcement. Developers no longer need to choose between the productivity that Azure application services provide and the control of Kubernetes. This development will also facilitate the implementation of multi-cloud infrastructures.
The Azure Portal, along with governance and compliance through Azure policy, will be available through one single pane of glass, together with the flexibility of running it anywhere at any time.
Additionally, the announcement also carries regulatory benefits, meaning that developers can still utilize the cloud whilst meeting the requirements of having certain services on-premise. Since regulations might force companies to own or apply data themselves on-premise or in the cloud, this news means that companies can comply with these regulations more easily. This will be especially important for organisations operating in the financial, health, and utilities industries, as well as for governments and militaries.