Azure Relay Hybrid Connections reached generally availability. The Hybrid Connections feature of Azure Relay sheds this dependency by utilizing open standards based protocols.

Hybrid Connections contains a lot of the same functionality as WCF Relay including:

  • Secure connectivity of on-premises assets and the cloud
  • Firewall friendliness as it utilizes common outbound ports
  • Network management friendliness that won’t require a major reconfiguration of your network

The differences between the two are even better!

  • Open standards based protocol and not proprietary! WebSockets vs. WCF
  • Hybrid Connections is cross platform, using Windows, Linux or any platform that supports WebSockets
  • Hybrid Connections supports .NET Core, JavaScript/Node.js, and multiple RPC programming models to achieve your objectives