The release of HashiCorp Consul Service (HCS) service mesh software for the Microsoft Azure cloud platform represents the latest building block in HashiCorp’s push to widen the scope of its managed services offerings on the cloud.

The GA release of HCS on Microsoft Azure, HashiCorp’s first hosted service mesh, allows both developer and operations teams to more easily rely on the Consul service mesh to deploy applications and manage networks on Azure — in addition to additional capabilities described below.

Operations teams, for example, can now take advantage of Consul’s capabilities running on Azure with a development cluster. HCS supports production clusters on Azure, of course, as well.

Following the recent release of the HashiCorp Cloud Platform (HCP) and expansion of its Consul network control plane’s capabilities, Armon Dadgar, co-founder and CTO of HashiCorp, said the Azure HCS release is part of HashiCorp’s shift to a more managed-services business model.

“We are transitioning from being a desktop software vendor to becoming more of a cloud software vendor,” said Dadgar. The recent release of Vault, for example, is “that transition of us launching the managed-services version of Vault.”

While HashiCorp will eventually extend HCS for use on other cloud services, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Dadgar said HashiCorp opted for Azure first since there is a lot of overlap between the kinds of customer organizations HashiCorp and Microsoft tend to focus on.

The launch is also intended to meet demand among enterprises that are shifting more resources to the cloud and are increasingly relying on a services model that third parties offer to manage operations.

“I think there was a practical reality that for many years meant enterprises were in that transitional period of ‘great, we’re stepping foot into the cloud, but we’re still comfortable with an operating model where we buy it, we own it, we operate it,’” said Dadgar. “I think over the course of the last few years we’ve seen that shift, so now even the world’s biggest enterprises are asking ‘hey, can you run Consul for us.’”

Organizations are also increasingly looking for managed services for open source tools and platforms to run on the cloud.

“There’s really explosive growth in open source software, like Consul and Vault and all these great services, but where there wasn’t an available service in the cloud, people were running these themselves,” said Brendan Burns, corporate vice president, at Microsoft. “I think that’s what leads to this transition of ‘oh, I love the fact that I could have AI as a service and I love Consul and Vault’ and they can then rely on HashiCorp to do that.”

HashiCorp said HCS on Azure:

  • Offloads provisioning, management and upgrades of the Consul control plane to HashiCorp.
  • Automatically leverages networking and security best practices.
  • Implements service registration, service discovery and service mesh in multistep phases.
  • Enables a secure and unified approach to service networking across all AKS, Azure Compute, and on-premises application environments.
  • Offers service discovery and health check-in services to locate and monitor services running in other environments.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and HashiCorp are sponsors of The New Stack.

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