Category Archives : Management

13

Aug

Your single source for Azure best practices

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/your-single-source-for-azure-best-practices/Optimizing your Azure workloads can feel like a time-consuming task. With so many services that are constantly evolving it’s challenging to stay on top of, let alone implement, the latest best practices and ensure you’re operating in a cost-efficient manner READ MORE

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12

Aug

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/6-ways-were-making-azure-reservations-even-more-powerful/Our newest Azure reservations features can help you save more on your Azure costs, easily manage reservations, and create internal reports. Based on your feedback, we’ve added the following features to Azure reservations: Azure Databricks pre-purchase plan AppService Isolated Stamp READ MORE

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05

Aug

We’re making Azure Archive Storage better with new lower pricing

As part of our commitment to provide the most cost-effective storage offering, we’re excited to share that we have dropped Azure Archive Storage prices by up to 50 percent in some regions. The new pricing is effective immediately.

In 2017 we launched Azure Archive Storage to provide cloud storage for rarely accessed data with flexible latency requirements at an industry leading price point. Since then we’ve seen both small and large customers from all industries utilize Archive Storage to significantly reduce their storage bill, improve data durability, and meet legal compliance. Forrester Consulting interviewed four of these customers and conducted a commissioned Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) study to evaluate the value customers achieved by moving both on-premises and existing data in the cloud to Archive Storage. Below are some of the highlights from that study.

112 percent return-on-investment (ROI). Forrester’s interviews with four existing customers and subsequent financial analysis found that a composite organization based on these interviewed organizations projects expected benefits of $296,941 over projected three years versus costs of $140,376, adding up to a net present value (NPV) of $156,565 and an ROI of 112 percent. Reduced or eliminated more than $173 thousand in operational and hardware expenses

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01

Aug

New Azure Blueprint simplifies compliance with NIST SP 800-53

To help our customers manage their compliance obligations when hosting their environments in Microsoft Azure, we are publishing a series of blueprint samples built in to Azure. Our most recent release is the NIST SP 800-53 R4 blueprint that maps a core set of Azure Policy definitions to specific NIST SP 800-53 R4 controls. For US governmental entities and others with compliance requirements based on NIST SP 800-53, this blueprint helps customers proactively manage and monitor compliance of their Azure environments. 

The free Azure Blueprints service helps enable cloud architects and information technology groups to define a repeatable set of Azure resources that implements and adheres to an organization’s standards, patterns, and requirements. Blueprints may help speed the creation of governed subscriptions, supporting the design of environments that comply with organizational standards and best practices and scale to support production implementations for large-scale migrations.

Azure leads the industry with more than 90 compliance offerings that meet a broad set of international and industry-specific compliance standards. This puts Microsoft in a unique position to help ease our customers’ burden to meet their compliance obligations. In fact, many of our customers, particularly those in regulated industries, have expressed strong interest in being

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31

Jul

Azure Cost Management updates – July 2019
Azure Cost Management updates – July 2019

Whether you’re a new student, thriving startup, or the largest enterprise, you have financial constraints and you need to know what you’re spending, where, and how to plan for the future. Nobody wants a surprise when it comes to the bill, and this is where Microsoft Azure Cost Management comes in.

We’re always looking for ways to learn more about your challenges and how Azure Cost Management can help you better understand where you’re accruing costs in the cloud, identify and prevent bad spending patterns, and optimize costs to empower you to do more with less. Here are a few of the latest improvements and updates based on your feedback:

Azure Cost Management for partners Marketplace usage for pay-as-you-go (PAYG) subscriptions Cost Management Labs Save and share customized views directly in cost analysis Viewing costs in different currencies Manage EA accounts from the Azure portal Expanded availability of resource tags in cost reporting Tag your resources with up to 50 tags Documentation updates

Let’s dig into the details.

 

Azure Cost Management for partners

Partners play a critical role in successful planning, implementation, and long-term cloud operations for organizations, big and small. Whether you’re a partner who sells to or

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22

Jul

What’s the difference between Azure Monitor and Azure Service Health?

It’s a question we often hear. After all, they’re similar and related services. Azure Monitor helps you understand how your applications are performing and proactively identifies issues affecting them and the resources they depend on. Azure Service Health helps you stay informed and take action when Azure service issues like outages and planned maintenance affect you. So what’s the difference?

Azure Monitor and Azure Service Health are complementary services that you will often use together when troubleshooting issues. Let’s go over a typical scenario. For example, let’s say your app is having a problem and experiencing downtime. Your users are complaining and reporting the issue. What’s wrong? You start troubleshooting.

Step 1: Assess the health of Azure with Azure Service Health

As you start troubleshooting, you first want to answer the question: is it me or is it Azure? To make sure Azure as a platform isn’t having any problems, you’ll want to check Azure Service Health. Better yet, you might already know about any issues affecting you if you have Azure Service Health alerts set up. More on this later.

You visit Azure Service Health in the Azure portal, where you check to see if there are any active

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18

Jul

Azure Monitor for containers with Prometheus now in preview

Prometheus is a popular open source metric monitoring solution and is a part of Cloud Native Compute Foundation. We have many customers who like the extensive metrics which Prometheus provides on Kubernetes. However, they also like how easy it is to use Azure Monitor for containers which provides fully managed, out of the box monitoring for Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) clusters. We have been receiving requests to funnel the Prometheus data into Azure Monitor and today, we are excited to share Prometheus integration with Azure Monitor for containers is now in preview and brings together the best of two worlds.

Typically, to use Prometheus you need to setup and manage a Prometheus server with a database. With the Azure Monitor integration, no Prometheus server is needed. You just need to expose the Prometheus end-point through your exporters or pods (application), and the containerized agent for Azure Monitor for containers can scrape the metrics for you. We have provided a seamless onboarding experience to collect Prometheus metrics with Azure Monitor. The example below shows how the coredns metrics, which is part of the kube-dns-metric, is collected into Azure Monitor for logs. 

You can also collect workload metrics from your

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10

Jul

Two ways to share Azure Advisor recommendations
Two ways to share Azure Advisor recommendations

If your IT organization is like most, you probably work with many different people across many different teams. When it comes to common IT tasks like optimizing your cloud workloads, you might need to interact with several resource owners or even complete a formal review process.

That’s why with Azure Advisor, we’ve made it easy to share recommendations with other people across your teams so you can follow best practices that help you get the most out of Azure. Advisor is a free Azure service that helps you optimize your Azure resources for high availability, security, performance, and cost by providing personalized recommendations based on your usage and configurations.

Here are two ways you can share your Advisor best practice recommendations with your teams.

1. Export a PDF or CSV of your Advisor recommendations

Probably the simplest way to share your Advisor recommendations is by exporting an Advisor recommendation report as a PDF or CSV through the Advisor UI in the Azure portal.

This report shows a summary of your Advisor recommendations by category, subscription, and potential business impact. Then you can easily share it with other teams so the resource owners can take action and optimize their resources

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08

Jul

Scale action groups and suppress notifications for Azure alerts

In Azure Monitor, defining what to monitor while configuring alerts can be challenging. Customers need to be capable of defining when actions and notifications should trigger for their alerts, and more importantly, when they shouldn’t. The action rules feature for Azure Monitor, available in preview, allows you to define actions for your alerts at scale, and allows you to suppress alerts for scenarios such as maintenance windows.

Let’s take a closer look at how action rules (preview) can help you in your monitoring setup!

Defining actions at scale

Previously you could define what action groups trigger for your alerts while defining an alert rule. However, the actions that get triggered, whether it is an email that is sent or a ticket created in a ticketing tool, are usually associated with resource on which the alert is generated rather than the individual alert rule.

For example, for all alerts generated on the virtual machine contosoVM, I would typically want the following.

The same email address to be notified (e.g. contosoITteam@contoso.com) Tickets to be created in the same ITSM tool

While you could define a single action group such as contosoAG and associate it with each and every alert rule authored

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01

Jul

Azure Cost Management updates – June 2019
Azure Cost Management updates – June 2019

Whether you’re a new student, thriving startup, or the largest enterprise, you have financial constraints and you need to know what you’re spending, where, and how to plan for the future. Nobody wants a surprise when it comes to the bill, and this is where Azure Cost Management comes in.

We’re always looking for ways to learn more about your challenges and how Cost Management can help you better understand where you’re accruing costs in the cloud, identify and prevent bad spending patterns, and optimize costs to empower you to do more with less.

Here are the improvements that we’ll be looking at today, all based on your feedback:

Reservation and marketplace purchases for Enterprise Agreements and AWS Forecasting your Azure and AWS costs Standardizing cost and usage terminology for Enterprise Agreements and Microst Customer Agreements Keeping an eye on costs across subscriptions with management group budgets Updating your dashboard tiles Expanded availability of resource tags in cost reporting The new Cost Management YouTube channel

Let’s dig into the details.

 

Reservation and marketplace purchases for Enterprise Agreements and AWS

Effective cost management starts by getting all your costs into a single place with a single taxonomy. Now, with the

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