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Beyond the Azure Portal: Unleashing the Power of Azure Management Tools

Discover why relying solely on the Azure Portal might limit your cloud management potential.

Investigating the capabilities of Azure management tools and the CloudOps platform, which combine the open-source tools for multi-cloud and multi-region administration, boosting visibility across cloud providers.

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Microsoft with the Azure platform has established itself as a leading cloud platform for businesses to deploy applications and infrastructure. The Azure Portal is the default interface for Azure that provides a range of functions and interfaces for managing Azure resources through a web interface.

However, relying solely on the Azure Portal is limiting, particularly if you operate across multiple cloud providers or regions or if you want to access advanced functions which are only available through Powershell.

This is where CloudOps and its best-of-breed Azure management tools come into play, offering a comprehensive platform that brings together the best open-source tools for effective cloud management.

The Limitations of the Azure Portal:

While the Azure Portal offers a comprehensive set of features, it is primarily designed to manage Azure resources within the Microsoft ecosystem. However, many organisations today have complex infrastructures that span multiple cloud providers or infrastructure across multiple regions. In such scenarios, managing everything solely through the Azure Portal can become cumbersome and inefficient.

The Need for Multi-Cloud and Multi-Region Management:

Managing multiple cloud providers or regions requires a unified approach to streamline operations, enhance visibility, and optimize resource allocation. By leveraging Azure management tools, you gain the ability to oversee and control your entire cloud infrastructure from a single interface, regardless of the provider or region. This holistic approach brings numerous benefits, including:

a. Enhanced Efficiency: With a central management dashboard, you can perform actions across different cloud providers / deployments / regions simultaneously, saving time and effort. Tasks like resource provisioning, deployment, and scaling become easier and more manageable.

b. Visibility Across Providers / Regions: Azure management tools provide comprehensive monitoring and reporting capabilities that enable you to gain insights into your entire cloud infrastructure. You can see what is happening across your cloud deployments in one place.

c. Resource Management: By using Azure management tools, you can enable automation and orchestration to streamline complex workflows, automate deployments, and ensure consistent configurations across your multi-cloud and multi-region infrastructure.

The Power of CloudOps Platform:

To address the challenges of managing diverse cloud environments, the CloudOps platform emerges as an exceptional solution with integration into AWS & Azure. It brings together the best-of-breed open-source tools designed for cloud management.

CloudOps harnesses the capabilities of several leading Azure management tools including Zabbix (Resource monitoring), Saltstack (SecOps), Prometheus (App monitoring) and Jenkins (Automation) among others.

a. Flexibility / Compatibility: CloudOps brings together tools in one management portal, providing you with the flexibility to adapt and customise your cloud management workflows according to your unique requirements. It supports seamless integration with cloud providers (Microsoft Azure / Amazon AWS & Google Cloud Platform) and simplifies the management across cloud providers or regions.

b. Automation and Orchestration: By using the automation and orchestration capabilities of our CloudOps platform, you can automate routine tasks and enforce consistent configurations. You can implement auto-scaling or spot instance recovery as part of your cloud platform, to ensure scalability and cost saving on your cloud infrastructure.

c. Enhanced Collaboration: The CloudOps platform promotes collaboration among teams, enabling efficient cross-functional work. It allows teams to share information, remove access management issues, and implement best practices across multiple cloud environments.

While the Azure Portal serves as a valuable management interface for Azure resources, organisations with multi-cloud or multi-region environments require more comprehensive tools. Azure management tools and the CloudOps platform offer a powerful combination that brings together the best open-source tools for efficient cloud management.

By adopting these solutions, you can streamline operations, improve visibility, and unlock the full potential of your cloud infrastructure across multiple cloud providers and regions. Embrace the power of Azure management tools and the CloudOps platform to take your cloud management capabilities to new heights.

To find out more take a test drive and see how CloudOps can help your team

Or get in touch and speak to a member of our Azure team.

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