Microsoft Azure Monitoring and Management Tools: Overview
With several outstanding Azure monitoring solutions out there, it is quite difficult to choose only one to rely on. In this blog post, we will take a tour through some of the most important Azure management tools and discuss some of their most significant features.
As you probably know, cloud monitoring and management tools help IT departments, cloud partners, MSPs optimize and automate daily activities in the Cloud. Optimizing cloud resources for highest performance is time consuming, so automating operations is a viable, money saving alternative. The point of this article is to keep you informed about the existence and the capabilities of those TOP SaaS tools, so definitely not to decide which one is better. You will be the judge of that based on how much you saved using one or more of those.
The following tools help Azure Cloud consultants with performance management, policy-based alerts, automation, partner billing, Azure cost management and much more.
Microsoft has just launched Azure Monitor, a new monitoring service available to all Azure clients. With it, you can check metrics and logs within the portal and via APIs to gain insight into the actual state and also performance of your cloud resources. Azure Monitor provides you the ability to configure alert rules to get notified or to take automated actions on issues that impact your resources. Azure Monitor provides analytics, troubleshooting options, in addition to enabling a broad range of product integrations via APIs and data export options. It helps you bring together the monitoring data from all your Azure resources and combine it with the monitoring tool of your choice to get a deep and clear view of your resource.
Unigma does monitoring, policy-driven alerting, cost management and reporting for several public clouds including Azure with benefits that are important to MSPs, cloud partners and IT departments.
Unigma management tool gives you the opportunity to add scheduled tasks for any resource, start, stop, resize, restart, deallocate instances for AWS and for Microsoft Azure. Beside virtual machines you can manage web apps, volumes, load balancers, databases, etc.
For IT Services Providers and MSPs, Unigma brings value by providing a multi-tenant, white-labeled platform. There are useful reporting features, so that MSPs can send out customer reports, as well as bill clients for their cloud usage.
Users create and share custom dashboards and reports such as internal reports, partner billing reports – send invoices, set up discounts, get cost analytics which include: forecasts, insights, comparison, recommendations and many other relevant features.
LogicMonitor includes relevant support for monitoring Azure metrics. The process is quite easy: you just need to install a collector on a Virtual Machine or Server in your Azure virtual machine and you will be able to use LogicModules to monitor vital Azure hosted infrastructure performance metrics and build out relevant dashboards.
The easiest way to start gathering metrics from Azure is to connect Datadog to Azure’s read-only monitoring Application Programming Interface (API). You will start seeing basic metrics from all your VMs right away without any other installation. You can easily create automated alerts on any metric across any group of virtual machines with custom triggers. With Datadog, you can visualize metrics across your entire stack: Azure SQL Databases, VMs and other services running in your Azure virtual machines, such as SQL Server and IIS.
Azure Costs helps users stay up to date with their Azure spending. It allows enterprise accounts to be accessed by as many users as needed, in order to simplify the sharing of spending dashboards and cost data within an enterprise.
The Azure ZenPack is modeling and monitoring basic services, events, and metrics of Microsoft Azure. It is forecasting costs for Azure cloud. It detects, monitors and manages events of Azure subscription, entities such as hosted services, virtual machines, storage services, virtual networks and websites. Azure ZenPack is open source.
Dynatrace – Ruxit
Dynatrace encounters deployments to the Azure cloud, enabling clients to see their resources. Monitoring Cloud services and Azure virtual machines is now as smooth as monitoring your internal hosts.
The ScienceLogic platform uses Azure Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), including Azure Resource Manager (ARM), to interface with Microsoft Azure. You will start monitoring immediately with pre-configured monitoring policies after ScienceLogic will automatically discover all your Azure hosted services. You will be able to check your entire Azure environment on multiple regions or extended into a certain service in a single console. Users monitor health and performance of services and also they can get alerted on configuration changes, issues, Azure resource status, etc.
RightScale allows users of Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines and Storage to quickly begin using strong architectures, to scale and operate in an automated way, to gain visibility across several regions and to link to other public and private clouds. It enables you to visualize, forecast, and optimize cloud costs providing complete lifecycle management.
One tool to manage your Microsoft Azure applications, storage etc. Azure Management Studio gives you full control over Microsoft Azure workflow, cloud storage and diagnostics data.
Logentries offers multiple libraries that can be added to your application that send logs from an Azure to Logentries. With Log Entries, Azure consultants can collect logs from virtual machines, servers, storage and applications. The logs can also be monitored and viewed in real-time on Log Entries database. Checking your server metrics in the context of your application performance metrics, usage trends, and application load, so you can figure out how end users are experiencing applications and the impact a boost in CPU may have on other performance metrics. Visualize data with custom dashboards to monitor across server-specific system requirements.
NetEnrich provides users the capacity to optimize Azure environments, virtual machines, and application workloads to get most out of Azure. They can backup, monitor, maintain, recover Azure environment including virtual machines, database, application workloads and much more. Vistara is the platform used by NetEnrich for tracking purposes on Azure.
With Stackify, clients can monitor the performance of all of your apps in one place. This tool supports Azure Web Apps, Azure Cloud Services. It also tracks all of your database queries and it shows you which ones are the slowest. Stackify makes it simple to monitor the performance, metrics, errors and logs for your apps.
CloudMonix does Azure monitoring and automation. Users are able to select a monitoring agent and configure it. Users can also create alerts based on changes in any value tracked by CloudMonix including customized metrics. Each resource template includes several custom alerts.
Users can add a monitor via VM extension in Azure and view custom metrics in the Site24x7 dashboard. Azure users can add a Windows or a Linux monitor in a more simplified way without having to download the agent. With Site24x7 clients are able to monitor Microsoft Applications, business servers, any virtual infrastructure, etc.
Install the AppDynamics add-on and begin monitoring Azure cloud services (PaaS), virtual machines (IaaS), data storage monitoring, etc. AppDynamics automatically detects all your application components in Azure. With AppDynamics you can measure the performance of your .NET applications before and after you migrate to the cloud, allowing you to control the performance of your applications and ensure that the transition to the cloud has had the desired effect. You will be able to fix performance issues instantly and also detect the cause of performance issues. The tool allows you to create custom dashboards, reports and alerts.
With Cloudability you can split up your Azure spending by subscription or tag to allocate your costs by the metrics that are meaningful to you and your team. View your Azure costs and AWS costs together to visualize overall cost and to compare multi cloud spending trends. Azure compatibility is available to all Cloudability users. Relevant spending data can be extracted from any Azure Enterprise account.
InContinuum has built CloudController to easily setup Cloud services with a modern approach – hypervisors and Public clouds. Cloud Controller – the Cloud Management Platform, has been designed and developed to automate all aspects of creating and managing a cloud. The design, its configuration, ordering, payment, reporting, provisioning, deployment, monitoring for cloud-based managed services are treated as one steady process. It has been perceived with self-service precepts in mind. Subsequently, IaaS, PaaS, Containers, SaaS can be launched, managed, and controlled without necessitating any human intervention. CloudController offers a full set of unique features and it is fully integrated in the Azure Stack.
Runner facilitates management and automation of workflows and infrastructure, wherever that infrastructure resides: virtual servers on Century Link Public Cloud, or other public cloud services such as AWS or Azure. Runner provides management services across multiple clouds or other hosts. Among others, you can move, backup, sync data across Azure, AWS etc.
Those are some of the most important Azure management and monitoring tools available on the relevant market. We will keep this article updated and I am eager to find out which app do you use to manage your Azure infrastructure, what are your top choices and why? Post your comments below.
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