Azure Arc-enabled Data Services

Azure Arc-enabled data services provide powerful capabilities to deploy and manage local, on-premises, and hybrid cloud data resources using the same centralized management and tooling you get from the Azure cloud. Since Eugene suggested our previous attempt at Azure Arc was insufficient, we invited Ben Weissman and Anthony Nocentino, authors of the book Azure Arc-Enabled Data Services Revealed, to the podcast to discuss how this technology came about and why the future looks very exciting.

3 Takeaways

  1. You can use Azure Arc to start managing on-premises environments.
  2. Kubernetes is baked into the architecture, but you don’t have to become an expert at it.
  3. Azure Arc can allow a single team to manage multiple environments instead of being siloed by platform.

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Our Guests

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Ben Weissman

Ben Weissman has been working with SQL Server since SQL Server 6.5, mainly in the Business Intelligence and data warehousing field. He is a Data Platform MVP and Author of multiple books including “SQL Server Big Data Clusters” and “Azure Arc-enabled Data Services”. He also published multiple Pluralsight Video courses and briefings. He may or may not be currently working on his next book with Anthony already. If he isn’t currently in a pandemic or working with data, he is most probably out for a run, for dinner or to explore the world.

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Anthony Nocentino

Anthony Nocentino is the Founder and President of Centino Systems as well as a Pluralsight Author and a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, Linux Expert, and co-author of the book Azure Arc Enabled Data Services Revealed by APress. Anthony’s technology focus includes SQL Server, Containers, Kubernetes and Linux.

Arc is the over-arching umbrella. The long story short about Azure Arc is that it extends ARM to wherever you have stuff.

Anthony Nocentino

Meet the Hosts

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Carlos Chacon

With more than 10 years of working with SQL Server, Carlos helps businesses ensure their SQL Server environments meet their users’ expectations. He can provide insights on performance, migrations, and disaster recovery. He is also active in the SQL Server community and regularly speaks at user group meetings and conferences. He helps support the free database monitoring tool found at and provides training through SQL Trail events.

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Eugene Meidinger

Eugene works as an independent BI consultant and Pluralsight author, specializing in Power BI and the Azure Data Platform. He has been working with data for over 8 years and speaks regularly at user groups and conferences. He also helps run the GroupBy online conference.

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Kevin Feasel

Kevin is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and proprietor of Catallaxy Services, LLC, where he specializes in T-SQL development, machine learning, and pulling rabbits out of hats on demand. He is the lead contributor to Curated SQL, president of the Triangle Area SQL Server Users Group, and author of the books PolyBase Revealed (Apress, 2020) and Finding Ghosts in Your Data: Anomaly Detection Techniques with Examples in Python (Apress, 2022). A resident of Durham, North Carolina, he can be found cycling the trails along the triangle whenever the weather's nice enough.

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