We're introducing Hybrid Connections, a cool and easy new way to build hybrid applications on Azure. Hybrid Connections are a feature of Azure BizTalk Services, enabling your Azure Website or Mobile Service to connect to on-premises data & services with just a few simple gestures right from the Azure portal. We're also introducing a free tier of Azure BizTalk Services, exclusively to make it easy for you to try this new hybrid connectivity.
Hybrid Connections will support all frameworks supported by Websites (.NET, PHP, Java, Python, node.js) and Mobile Services (node.js, .NET). Various Microsoft & non-Microsoft LOB applications are supported, including many application-specific protocols, with a few caveats. Hybrid Connections does not require changes to the network perimeter (such as configuring VPN gateways or opening firewall ports to incoming traffic). It offers enterprise admins control over and visibility into resources accessed by the hybrid applications.
With Hybrid Connections, Azure websites and mobile services can access on-premises resources as if they were located on the same private network. Application admins thus have the flexibility to simply lift-and-shift specific most front-end tiers to Azure with minimal configuration changes, extending their enterprise apps for hybrid scenarios.
To connect your website to an on-premises resource using a hybrid connection:
The status for the hybrid connection in the portal should now show as "Connected". That's it – your website is now connected to your on-premises server.
For Mobile Services, the configuration is just as simple using the Azure Management Portal:
Using Hybrid Connections, you can now use the same application connection string and API's in your Azure Website or Mobile Service that you would normally use if these were hosted locally on your private network. For instance, if you are connecting to an on-premises SQL server ‘payrollSQL.corp.contoso.com’, you can use the SQL connection string “Data Source=payrollSQL.corp.contoso.com;Initial Catalog=payrollDB;User ID=<user>;Password=<password>” on your Azure Website or your Mobile Service.
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