If you want to protect your servers from cyber threats, you may be relying on Defender for Servers from Microsoft, a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant. Microsoft has now announced the direct onboarding of Defender for Servers without Azure Arc and is now officially available. Direct onboarding is a new feature that allows you to add the servers you want to protect to Defender for Servers without needing Azure Arc for Servers. In this blog post, I'll explain what this means, the benefits of this option, and who can benefit from it. I will also compare the new option with Azure Arc for Servers.