30 days of Azure OMS - Going from zero to hero on operations insights

Aug 3, 2018 | Tarun Arora

Azure OMS

Welcome to my blog series on ‘30 days of Azure OMS - Going from zero to hero on operations insights’…

Running enterprise applications in the cloud is no less than an adventure. This is especially true for applications that haven’t been designed for the cloud. If like me you are migrating on-premise applications to IaaS (Virtual Machine) workloads in Azure, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see the level of data you can capture on the health and performance of the virtual machine. To top that, there are a great number of monitoring solutions available in the market today that will help you capture large amounts of data about your application. The selection is so large, that it can sometimes overwhelm you… Microsoft has a compelling offering of it’s own called Operations Management Solutions (OMS). OMS natively plugs into most of the Azure services and gives you a near plug and play experience for both monitoring, alerting & operational insights.

The world runs on data… If data is currency, then #Azure must be a gold mine! @arora_tarun

Early days of understanding the vendor offering in this space, I sat through many sales pitches. The sales pitch for many vendors would start with a self updating dashboard showing all sorts of charts in real time. It is hilarious sometimes when I see service Enginner’s struggling to answer the most basic questions in spite of having access to incredible amounts of data and live dashboards. Going back to my original point, the challenge isn’t in capturing data in real time or in storing the large sets of data you capture. The challenge really is in being able to convert this data into intelligence. In my view, that’s what you should access your operational management tools against.

I’ve been using Azure since it was in beta… Azure is evolving every day and the native capabilities of OMS are expanding at an incredible rate. Not all of the solutions available in OMS apply to applications migrating into IaaS. To help you on the journey to using OMS, I am going to write about my journey and the OMS features I adopted, how I used them and what they helped me with most… I’m going to write a series of 30 blogposts to take you from zero to hero on operations insights in 30 days. Stay tuned for the next post in which I’ll give you a one page summary of all the OMS solutions that are relevant to IaaS hosted workloads in Azure…

I would love to hear your thoughts on what is it that you look for in operations management tools…

Tarun

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Tarun Arora
Tarun Arora is obsessed with high-quality working software, DevOps, Continuous Delivery and Agile. His core strengths are Azure, VSTS, PowerShell, SQL and WPF. He is a Microsoft MVP in Visual Studio Development Tools and the author of 'DevOps & ALM with TFS 2015'.
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