Azure cloud management can seem like a steep mountain to climb at first. There are so many options and features that it can be hard to know where to start.
Are you struggling to manage your Azure resources effectively? You're not alone. Many businesses make the same mistakes when it comes to Azure management, but there is a solution.
In this article, we'll explore three common mistakes and show you how a cloud management platform can give you the visibility you need to avoid them.
Mistake #1: Not Keeping Track of Resource Usage
One of the most significant benefits of Azure is the flexibility it offers in terms of resource allocation. However, this flexibility can also be a double-edged sword. When you have so many options, it can be challenging to keep track of resource usage across your organization. Without a clear picture of resource usage, you run the risk of overspending on resources that aren't being fully utilized.
A cloud management platform can help you avoid overspending by providing you with real-time visibility into your resource usage. As part of the monitoring and cost analysis within IG CloudOps, cost recommendations are made to help identify underutilised or orphaned resources for attention. This might be to turn them down or to delete them altogether.
Mistake #2: Poor Security and Compliance Practices
Security and compliance are two critical concerns for any business. However, in the rush to take advantage of Azure's many benefits, some businesses neglect to establish adequate security and compliance practices. This can leave them vulnerable to cyber attacks and regulatory fines.
A cloud management platform can help you establish and maintain strong security and compliance practices. It can provide you with tools to monitor and enforce compliance with industry and regulatory standards. It can also help you identify and address security vulnerabilities before they can be exploited.
IG CloudOps provides quarterly security audits which include automated penetration testing and security hardening. For more details on the tools driving SecOps within IG CloudOps take a look at whats under the hood here.
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Mistake #3: Lack of Automation
Another common mistake in Azure management is failing to take advantage of automation. Manual processes can be time-consuming and error-prone. They can also make it difficult to scale your operations effectively.
IG CloudOps allows you to extend your existing team's capabilities with support and advisory bolt-on services, as well as monitoring, alerting, cost analysis, patching and backup capabilities, quarterly cost and security audits.
A cloud management platform can help you automate many of the repetitive tasks involved in Azure management. This can free up your team to focus on more strategic initiatives. It can also help you scale your operations more efficiently, so you can take full advantage of Azure's benefits.
How a Cloud Management Platform Can Help
Now that we've identified the top three Azure management mistakes, let's talk about how a cloud management platform can help you avoid them. A cloud management platform can provide you with the following benefits:
- Real-time visibility into resource usage: With a cloud management platform, you can monitor resource usage in real-time. This allows you to make informed decisions about resource allocation and identify any areas where resources are being underutilized. IG CloudOps monitoring is driven by Zabbix a leading open-source technology, read more about it here.
- Enhanced security: A cloud management platform can help you identify and address security vulnerabilities before they can be exploited. It can also provide you with tools to monitor and control access to your Azure resources.
IG CloudOps has monitoring, security audit and integrated penetration testing using PENtest tools, find out more here.
- Increased efficiency: By automating many of the repetitive tasks involved in Azure management, a cloud management platform can help you increase your team's efficiency. This can free them up to focus on more strategic initiatives that can drive business growth. Read the case studies here.
In summary, Azure management can be a complex and challenging task. But by avoiding these three common mistakes and leveraging the benefits of a cloud management platform, you can manage your Azure resources more effectively and drive better business outcomes. So, don't make these mistakes. Invest in a cloud management platform today and take your Azure management to the next level.