What Is Azure Management and How Can You Do It?
Azure Management is a framework that defines how users launch and maintain services in the Azure cloud. Azure Management cycle covers all Azure internal tools, Azure CSPs, and other cloud providers linked to Azure infrastructure.
The Azure management lifecycle has six phases:
- The Migration phase deploys your resources from public and on-premise servers to Azure cloud.
- The Security phase protects your assets against threats.
- The Protection phase prevents any form of data loss due to a system or process failure.
- The Monitoring phase uses log metrics and analytics to give management insights.
- The Configuration phase involves using policies to automate management activities.
- The Governance phase controls resource consumption and costs.
Aspects of Azure Management
In an ideal world, the Azure management tools should have the following features:
Your management tool should have the ability to log metrics from all inventories across all cloud environments. These tools should have features that help collect data while systems are running. Azure uses a Log Analytics tool, Azure Service Health, DNS analytics, and many others to help you understand whatever is running. The Log analytics tool logs all data from all tools in a central location.
Azure services health evaluates the performance of Azure infrastructure against given internal standards. DNS analytics is a monitoring tool that collects information from Azure and other configured servers.
A good management tool ensures that all configurations and code execute effectively. With a 99% uptime, Azure environment is less likely to have an outage. However, users should understand some constraints like poor configuration and patching that could make apps go out of service. Azure can help you enforce policies that keep applications running. Azure has patch management tools to help users manage and update resources quickly.
Security and Disaster Recovery
Data protection and recovery tools should have features that return the infrastructure to normal working conditions after a breach. A good recovery tool will also reduce the impact and extent of damage caused by an outage.
Azure backup lets you backup Virtual Machines such that when an Instance fails, you can transfer workloads to another active Instance. Azure also enables users to pause resources instead of terminating a particular resource. Microsoft Defender is an antivirus and threat protection tool for remote desktop and cloud environments.
Platform and Workload Specialization
Your management tool should have a central dashboard to classify and prioritize management recommendations.
Best Tools for Managing Azure Cloud
The best way to do Azure Management is using Azure’s inbuilt and certified provider tools. These include:
Azure Monitor is a monitoring management tool you can use for observing your Azure infrastructure. Azure Monitor can also log metrics from computing apps and networking services. The Azure Monitor uses telemetry to monitor Azure, AWS (Amazon Web Services), GCP (Google Cloud Platform), and on-premise servers.
Azure Monitor can easily identify idle resources. You can also check the uptime of resources in real-time. With this tool, you can use machine learning to identify anomalous consumption patterns and remediate them instantly. Azure Monitor can easily integrate with other tools to help gain meaningful recommendations from large data sets.
The Network Watcher
Azure Network Watcher is also a monitoring management tool used for monitoring and diagnosing network problems. You can set alerts to notify you of common networking issues. The Network Watcher uses flow logs to help you understand network patterns. In addition, the Azure Network Watcher can help you diagnose and remediate connectivity issues with your VPN (virtual private network).
Azure Portal and Azure Active Directory
These two tools are configuration management tools. Use the Azure Portal to manage a single account and the Azure Active Directory for centralized management of all users in an organization. On the Azure Portal, users can launch all eligible Azure services. In addition, you can pin common services on this dashboard for easy management. The Active Directory (AD) can help delegate tasks to various Azure users and groups.
Azure Backup is a security and protection management tool that can help you recover the loss.Most ransomware attacks keep information hostage in exchange for a ransom. But if you have a backup, you can easily regain access to resources and resume cloud operations.
This tool uses backup policies to replicate files, SQL databases, Virtual Machines, and other services. Azure backup guarantees consistency in backup files. Azure users can also backup several applications at a time. You can also set a backup frequency to keep files updated.
Manage Your Cloud Architecture With nOps
nOps is a third-party Azure Management Tool with a centralized dashboard on Azure activities. With nOps, you get unified monitoring, configuring, and security capabilities under one pane of glass. nOps can also help you meet Azure’s Well-Architected Framework, which usually reflects an almost perfect cloud.