Serverless compute plane networking

This guide introduces tools to secure network access between the compute resources in the Azure Databricks serverless compute plane and customer resources. To learn more about the control plane and the serverless compute plane, see Azure Databricks architecture overview.


There are currently no networking charges for serverless features. In a later release, you might be charged. Azure Databricks will provide advance notice for networking pricing changes.

Serverless compute plane networking overview

Serverless compute resources run in the serverless compute plane, which is managed by Azure Databricks. Account admins can configure secure connectivity between the serverless compute plane and their resources. This network connection is labeled as 2 on the diagram below:

Network connectivity overview diagram

Connectivity between the control plane and the serverless compute plane is always over the cloud network backbone and not the public internet. For more information on configuring security features on the other network connections in the diagram, see Networking.

What is a network connectivity configuration (NCC)?

Serverless network connectivity is managed with network connectivity configurations (NCC). NCCs are account-level regional constructs that are used to manage private endpoints creation and firewall enablement at scale.

Account admins create NCCs in the account console and an NCC can be attached to one or more workspaces. An NCC enables firewalls and private endpoints:

  • Resource firewall enablement by subnets: An NCC enables Databricks-managed stable Azure service subnets for adding service endpoints to your resource firewalls for secure access to Azure resources from serverless SQL warehouses. When an NCC is attached to a workspace, serverless compute in that workspace uses one of those networks to connect the Azure resource using service endpoints. You can allow list those networks on your Azure resource firewall. The network rules are automatically added to the workspace storage account. See Configure a firewall for serverless compute access.
  • Private endpoints: When you add a private endpoint in an NCC, Azure Databricks creates a private endpoint request to your Azure resource. Once the request is accepted on the resource side, the private endpoint is used to access your Azure resource from the serverless compute plane. See Configure private connectivity from serverless compute.

NCC firewall enablement and private endpoints are only supported from SQL warehouses. They are not supported from other compute resources in the serverless compute plane.