Azure Monitor Advantages and Disadvantages
There are several platforms available to manage & monitor Azure resources.
The Azure Monitor is a native solution within the Azure portal that provides support for monitoring Azure resources. It collects all the metrics and logs from Azure resources to create alerts, monitor performance, troubleshoot issues and create dashboards.
Here are the resources that Azure monitor supports:
It is very important to choose the right platform for monitoring your business and hence we have listed out all the pros and cons of using Azure monitor.
Let’s get started!
The Azure monitor has increased the ability to monitor the usage of Azure resources where developers will have a deep insight into the activity of each resource in Azure and this will protect the business from downtimes.
It helps in grouping all the data, both log, and metrics in a single dashboard which gives full visibility on the Azure resources and applications. It provides various types of charts and graphs to inspect and measure the performance of your resources.
Monitoring Azure PAAS services is done with the help of Application Insights, it is an Application Performance Monitoring (APM) solution. They are used in monitoring Web Apps and other Azure PaaS services to help in detecting and solving the issues. It can monitor based on various metrics which include the amount of data coming in and going out, state, and performance of the application.
We can easily create alerts in the Azure portal. For alerting, choose the resource type, the condition, name, and description of the alert, and the actions that are to be initiated when an alert is fired. For example, you might need to get notified if any Logic App gets deleted from your resource group. Set alerts with specified rules to get the required notifications.
Log Analytics can collect data from resources connected that are either internal or external to Azure. For Azure resources, Log Analytics gathers and stores data by integrating with Azure monitor and it is considered as the storage & management unit of Azure monitor.
One of the most important things to make any IT infrastructure run smooth and successful is to troubleshoot issues as soon as they strike, and Azure monitoring can provide instant alerts and notifications. The users will receive these notifications in email, SMS, and monitoring dashboards. It helps us to avoid constantly viewing the dashboards for new issues.
In real-time business scenarios, we put together various Azure resources to develop a Serverless application and the developer will need to monitor the entire application, but Azure monitor supports only monitoring the Azure resources.
It would be time-consuming when we end up on several reports for multiple resources. In that case, getting one consolidated report for all the resources will be useful, but it is not possible to use the Azure monitor.
State monitoring & Threshold monitoring is not available in the Azure portal where a State monitor is used to get the report on multiple resources at regular intervals and the Threshold monitor is used to detect violation in the state or properties of Azure resources.
In Azure monitor, it is possible to define only two conditions to an alert, and each condition costs $0.10. The cost will be added to the monthly bill depending on the number of conditions and alerts you have used.
BAM provides end-to-end business tracking for your Azure resources where it supports all the business transactions to help the support team in identifying and rectifying the issues faster, but it is not possible in the Azure portal.
Notification will be sent to the developer in a situation that includes an issue arising in your Azure resources or when something is going wrong with your activity logs and the Azure monitor supports only a very limited number of notifying channels which includes SMS, email &web hook.
It would be certainly difficult to monitor the resources with Azure monitor since it has quite a lot of disadvantages. So, third party technologies like Serverless360 can be used to both manage & monitor Azure resources at ease and achieve your business goals much faster.
Let us now look at how Serverless360 complements Azure Monitor and overcomes the challenges you are likely to face while using it.
In Serverless360, resources from different Azure Subscriptions, Regions, and Resource Groups can be grouped into a Composite application through which it supports monitoring Serverless applications. It helps attain a complete overview of your Serverless applications.
Check out the comparison between Azure monitor and Serverless360 to get a detailed view of their features and benefits.
This blog gives you an idea of Azure monitoring capabilities. Also, it helps to understand how Serverless360 can be used to overcome the disadvantages in Azure monitor. Hopefully, this would help you to choose the right monitoring tool for your application.
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