With the increase in cloud utilization across various sectors of organizations, using different services, and different accounts. Thus monitoring the health, and security of your Azure Infrastructure is crucial for ensuring resilient and efficient operations. To achieve this task, Azure offers various tools and best practices that help you gain insights into your Azure usage, and allows you to proactively detect issues, and maintain a robust and secure environment. In this blog we will explore 12 Azure tools and best practices.
CAF provides a set of tools, guidelines, and best practices that can help organizations optimize their Azure usage, it also helps new organizations to build an efficient strategy for migrating their workloads to Azure cloud. Adoption of CAF results in improved governance and security, reduced costs, and increased innovation. CAF comprises of five phases: Assess, Plan, Migrate, Operate, Innovate
|Azure Monitor||Centralized monitoring and diagnostics for Azure resources|
|Azure Log Analytics||Log management, data analysis, and query capabilities|
|Azure Application Insights||Performance monitoring and application analytics|
|Azure Security Center||Security monitoring, threat detection, and compliance management|
|Azure Sentinel||Cloud-native security information and event management (SIEM)|
|Azure Cost Management + Billing||Cost tracking, optimization, and budgeting|
|Azure Advisor||Cost optimization, performance improvement, and best practice recommendations|
|Azure Activity Log||Audit logs for tracking user activities and resource changes|
|Azure Service Health||Service health and planned maintenance notifications|
|Azure Active Directory||Identity and access management, including user sign-in monitoring|
|Azure Information Protection||Data classification, labeling, and protection|
|Azure Policy||Policy enforcement and compliance monitoring|
The Azure Monitor API is a RESTful API provided by Microsoft Azure that allows developers and administrators to programmatically access and interact with Azure Monitor. It provides a set of endpoints and operations to retrieve monitoring data, manage alerts, query metrics, and perform other monitoring-related tasks.
A good strategy is a comprehensive solution for collecting, analyzing, and responding to telemetry from your environment. Utilizing an efficient Azure cloud monitoring strategy is crucial for maintaining the health, performance, and security of your cloud resources.
In conclusion, a robust monitoring strategy is essential for optimal utilization of cloud resources, and Azure provides both generic tools like Azure monitor that can perform multiple tasks, as well as task specific monitoring tools. Azure also provides framework and best practices to help you figure out the right tools, services, and strategy for your environment.