What is Azure Arc-enabled Kubernetes?

With Azure Arc-enabled Kubernetes, you can attach and configure Kubernetes clusters running anywhere. You can connect your clusters running on other public cloud providers (GCP, AWS) or clusters running on your on-premise data center (on VMware vSphere, Azure Stack HCI) to Azure Arc. When you connect a Kubernetes cluster to Azure Arc, it will:

  • Get an Azure Resource Manager representation with a unique ID.
  • Be placed in an Azure subscription and resource group.
  • Receive tags just like any other Azure resource.

Azure Arc-enabled Kubernetes supports industry-standard SSL to secure data in transit. For the connected clusters, data at rest is stored encrypted in an Azure Cosmos DB database to ensure data confidentiality.

Azure Arc-enabled Kubernetes supports the following scenarios for the connected clusters:


This service supports Azure Lighthouse, which lets service providers sign in to their own tenant to manage subscriptions and resource groups that customers have delegated.

Supported Kubernetes distributions

Azure Arc-enabled Kubernetes works with any Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) certified Kubernetes clusters. The Azure Arc team has worked with key industry partners to validate conformance of their Kubernetes distributions with Azure Arc-enabled Kubernetes.

Next steps

Learn how to connect your existing Kubernetes cluster to Azure Arc.