Nov 05 2019 04:01 AM
Nov 05 2019 04:01 AM
At Microsoft Ignite 2018, we shared our vision to bring together infrastructure, application, and network monitoring into one unified offering, and provide full-stack monitoring for your applications. We have since made rapid strides towards delivering that reality to our customers. From consolidating our logs, metrics and alerts platforms, and integrating existing capabilities such as Application Insights and Log Analytics, to adding new monitoring capability containers and virtual machines, and contributing back to the community through open-source projects such as OpenTelemetry. In this blog, I'll share the newest enhancements from Azure Monitor at Microsoft Ignite, including four examples of how we continue to build that seamless, and integrated monitoring solution that works well for cloud-native and legacy workloads and is cost-effective. Be sure to read the full blog post to get a list of all the exciting enhancements.
Customers love the convenience of the out of the box monitoring that Azure Monitor for containers provides for all their Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) clusters. But, you also have Kubernetes clusters running outside AKS. For customers who have hybrid environments, we are now launching in public preview the ability to monitor Kubernetes clusters on-premises and on Azure Stack (with AKS Engine). Just install the container agent and you can create alerts and get insights into the performance of your on-premises workloads in the Azure portal, along with your AKS workloads. Learn more about hybrid Kubernetes monitoring.
We are also making the popular Prometheus integration generally available. Azure Monitor can now scrape your Prometheus metrics and store them on your behalf, without you having to operate your own Prometheus collection and storage infrastructure. We also have new Grafana templates for you to visualize all the performance data that is collected from your Kubernetes clusters. Learn more about the Prometheus integration and Grafana templates.
Monitoring a typical cloud network containing application gateways, VPN connections, virtual networks, etc., is a time-consuming activity. To troubleshoot an issue, you need to know the specific networking resources that support your application and scan for the health of these resources across multiple subscriptions and resource groups.
The Network Insights preview in Azure Monitor provides a single dashboard that gives you visibility into network topology, dependencies, health, and other key metrics for related network resources. The insights are derived from data that’s available in Azure Monitor today, so no additional setup or configuration is required.
With Network Insights, you have visibility into the health of your network across all of your subscriptions. Intuitive search and detailed topology maps enable faster drill-downs, help localization of networking issues, and suggest remediation in a matter of minutes. Learn more about Network Insights.
Customers loved the preview of Azure Monitor workbooks because it gives you a single tool that can combine text, analytic queries, metrics, and parameters into a rich interactive report that you can share with your team members and collaborate.
We have seen customers use workbooks in several ways including exploring the usage of an app, going through a root cause analysis, putting together an operational playbook, and more. We are now making workbooks generally available. Since the launch in preview, we have added support for a number of new data sources, including Azure Data Explorer, Azure Resource Graph, Azure Monitor Logs, Metrics, Alerts, etc., and added visualization options such as charts, grids, tiles, honeycombs, and maps. The Azure Monitor Workbook platform now forms the basis of new monitoring experiences in Azure services such as Azure Sentinel, Storage accounts, Azure Cosmos DB, Azure Active Directory, and SAP Hana. Learn more about Azure Monitor workbooks.
We are happy to see an increasing number of customers rely on Azure Monitor to store and analyze all their operational data ad inject 100s of GB of data per day. With new use cases such as Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with Azure Sentinel, we expect this trend to grow. To help these customers have better control and predictability over their costs, we are introducing a new capacity reservations pricing model for Azure Monitor Log Analytics. With this new model, you pay a fixed fee based on the capacity tier you select for data ingestion. The capacity tiers start at 100 GB per day and provide a discount of up to 25 percent compared to pay-as-you-go. There are no changes to the existing pay-as-you-go model. For more details, read the Log Analytics section in the Azure Monitor pricing page and documentation.
These were just a few select examples of the innovation that we are driving. We have the full list below of the new capabilities you have been waiting for:
We hope you enjoyed these announcements. Your feedback has been instrumental in shaping these features, keep the feedback coming. If you have any questions or suggestions, reach out to our Tech Community forum.