Azure monitoring: advantages and metrics with Pandora FMS

Technology is evolving exponentially, and with it the size of the data that needs to be saved increases and the great need to access them quickly, easily and, above all, from anywhere. Every day that goes by, the use of cloud becomes even more essential for companies. For that reason, cloud computing services have started to emerge in order to meet these needs. Among them, Azure.

This service, provided by Microsoft, is conceived to be able to build, test, implement and manage both applications and services within its servers, responsible for managing and storing its necessary resources. Azure helps increase the resilience and availability of your services up to 99.99%. Among the services Microsoft Azure offers, there are several infrastructures and platforms that support all types of technologies such as PHP, Oracle or Linux.

Increasingly, companies migrate everything to this service, putting all the eggs in the same basket. That is why Azure monitoring is so important. It is essential to be able to supervise all critical components, so as not to lose information and to be able to take measures in real time in the face of adversity. Additionally, Microsoft Azure has one of the best data protection and security certifications on the market.

Here is where Pandora FMS comes into play, being up-to-date in cloud monitoring, trying to stay in the wave of evolution of technology, being able to make agile, simplify and automate the different service, application, server and cloud environment monitoring, Azure monitoring being one of the last incorporations to Pandora FMS Discovery system.

Pandora FMS Azure monitoring: Discovery

With the arrival of Discovery to Pandora FMS, application monitoring has been broadened, whilst its complexity has been reduced. Developers realized the importance of additionally including cloud configuration, including Azure monitoring. They also took the opportunity to incorporate AWS monitoring, as we will see in another article.

Like any monitoring that you may want to perform on a third party application, Pandora FMS uses Microsoft Azure API to be able to monitor it. That is why you will have to previously configure the users -which will include obtaining the necessary IDs- that you will use for the Azure monitoring of the Discovery server.

Additionally, said IDs will have to be configured and saved in Pandora FMS credential system, to later use them within the Azure monitoring task configuration.

Once you have the data and users necessary to perform Azure monitoring, follow the simple steps of Discovery task configuration in order to start a cloud scan. Within these steps you can choose the sections that you want to monitor and the type of metrics that you want to obtain from all of them.

What metrics are there?

Pandora FMS feature divides your Azure monitoring into three possibilities, depending on the configuration you want to obtain. The possibilities are:

  • General Microsoft Azure monitoring and scanning, where you will create a global agent with a summary module for each of the regions and instances you own.
  • Monitoring by region, where you can obtain CPU, disk, IOPs and network metrics, and where it will create a general module with a summary of the instances and a module per configured metric.
  • Monitoring by instances, where status, CPU, disk and network metrics will be created, creating one agent per instance.

By activating all the monitoring possibilities of Azure, you may have a global view of your entire system. With this you will be able to organize a service to be able to have a real-time display of the instances in a single Pandora FMS view, being able to refresh the tab to see the data in real time.

Pandora FMS Azure monitoring advantages

Pandora FMS is always characterized by its simplicity, speed and automation when carrying out any type of monitoring. A comprehensive monitoring of the entire Microsoft Azure system can be created through very simple steps and in a short time, regardless of the size and number of instances you have.

If the Pandora FMS environment is installed on a powerful machine, the check can be performed almost in real time, in order to obtain the desired metrics and be able to act against errors as soon as possible and not lose information at any time.

Finally, if the different options of Microsoft Azure API are known, alert actions can be automated to be able to face possible problems that may take place within the Azure platform.

If you want to know much more about what Pandora FMS can offer you, find out by going here .

If you have to monitor more than 100 devices, you can also enjoy a FREE 30-day Pandora FMS Enterprise DEMO . Get it here .

Finally, remember that if you have a reduced number of devices to monitor, you can use the Pandora FMS OpenSource version. Find more information here .