Azure Monitor: How Can I Monitor my Azure Cloud Network?

What is Azure Monitor?

Azure Monitor helps you maximize the performance of your applications and services. It works by collecting, analysing, and acting on telemetry from your cloud and on-premises environments, from both Azure/Microsoft based products, and beyond. This data and set of insights, helps you understand how your applications are performing and proactively identify issues affecting them and the resources they depend on, meaning you can respond to errors and fix existing issues quickly and with full visibility.



What are the Benefits of Azure Monitor?

Businesses love data. It allows for continuous improvement, error reduction, efficiency, and transparency. So having most of this data collection, collation, analysis, and visualisation automated is a huge benefit. But how does Azure Monitor help businesses?

  1. Seamless monitoring with minimal labour, effort, time, and human resource
  2. Better infrastructure visibility through accessible data streams and insights
  3. Instant alerts and notifications reducing error rates and allowing for rapid responses
  4. Automated resolutions to quickly repair and improved performance and optimisation issues
  5. Cost effective payment and subscription model


What can I do with Azure Monitor?

Azure Monitor is a very flexible tools, that works not only with other Microsoft services, but also with third party and open source platforms, meaning almost any business can take advantage of what it has to offer. Here are just a few of the options available to you!

  • Detect and diagnose issues across applications with Application Insights.
  • Detect infrastructure issues with VM insights and Container insights.
  • Deep dive into data with Log Analytics for troubleshooting and deep diagnostics.
  • Scale operations easily with smart alerts and automated actions.
  • Use Azure dashboards to easily visualise large amounts of data
  • Use Azure Monitor Metrics to efficiently collect data

What Data does Azure Monitor Collect and Collate?

Data is the driving force behind improving, maximising, and optimising business processes and services. Azure Monitor collects, collates, analysis, and visualises huge amounts of data for clients, including the following.

  • Application monitoring data: About the performance and functionality of your code
  • Guest OS monitoring data: About the operating system on which your application is running
  • Azure resource monitoring data: About the operation of an Azure resource
  • Azure subscription monitoring data: About the operation and management of an Azure subscription
  • Azure tenant monitoring data: Data about the operation of tenant-level Azure services

Migrating to Azure Cloud

Microsoft recommends four steps to migrating to Azure Cloud. These are Discover, Assess, Target, and Migrate. Whilst that sounds straightforward, many IT professionals will know first hand that migrating older businesses to the cloud is much more challenging than this. 

That's why we are hosting Trusted Tech Talks next online event, "Migrating to Azure Cloud: What we learned on the way" on Thursday 22nd April 2021, from 5:30pm. Here you can explore the personal experience of Lawrence Lilley (CTO of Mutual Vision) so far in moving a 20-year old fintech organisation to the new cloud-enabled world, with market-leading input from Richard Stockley (Contract Cloud Architect) on resilience, longevity, and manageability.

Join us for valuable insights into what businesses need to consider from the start of their migration to Azure Cloud with two industry leading presentations followed by a free Q&A session so you can get all your questions answered. Register now or contact Manny for more information!

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