Microsoft Azure is an enterprise-class cloud computing infrastructure that provides robust IT resources for modern business applications. Although Azure SLA promises the supreme quality of services, Azure administrators play their part in ensuring the optimal performance of their applications. So as an Azure administrator, how would you evaluate the performance of your Microsoft Azure infrastructure? Below we cover the 5 Azure performance metrics that will help you evaluate and measure the performance of your Azure infrastructure.
Perhaps the most critical metric in a cloud-hosted environment is its availability and response rate. A great availability rate guarantees that your business applications and systems on Azure receive 24/7/365 uptime. Azure Administrators key job description is to routinely monitor the availability and service uptime of Azure resources- in whole and at a granular level. Azure Administrators must measure the availability of:
Besides above, the Azure Administrator must also measure and evaluate the time Azure Infrastructure and individual resources takes to respond to system and users requests. Identifying and optimizing less responsive resources will help in delivering a much quicker and responsive Azure experience.
Networks are the communication backbone of cloud-based distributed computing environments. They transfer instructions, queries, and messages across clusters of servers and a multitude of cloud services. Similarly, in an Azure Cloud Infrastructure, network performance plays a pivotal role in interconnecting the Azure Cloud Platform and delivering those too global end users. The key factors that determine network performance metrics in an Azure Cloud Infrastructure are:
The Azure hosted storage infrastructure encompasses a broad range of storage and data management services. They include the raw storage capacity (Azure Storage) to web scalable databases (SQL Azure). As an Azure Administrator you must measure:
Servers and raw computing instances are where a bulk of the processing is performed. Their processing power and capacity is one of the most essential elements in the performance of Azure-hosted applications and services. To ensure consistent and reliable processing resources, Azure Administrators must measure:
Though how reliable and optimized your Azure Infrastructure is, system downtimes and performance bottlenecks are inevitable. Even the best of the cloud infrastructure can face downtime. Though one cannot guarantee 100% availability all the time, Azure Recovery metrics define how efficient the infrastructure is reinstating and resuming system-wide operations after a failure. Some of the key performance metrics for Azure Recovery are:
Azure Portal provides basic monitoring for Azure Web and Worker Roles. Users that require advanced monitoring, auto-scaling or self-healing features for their cloud role instances, should learn more about Netreo. Along with advanced features designed to keep Cloud Services stable, Netreo also provides powerful dashboards, historical reporting, various integrations to popular ITSM and other IT tools and much more.
[su_note note_color=”#eeeeee” text_color=”#151212″]Bonus Tip: see the detailed comparison of Netreo vs the native Azure monitoring features.[/su_note]