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Azure Monitor is #8 ranked solution in APM tools. IT Central Station users give Azure Monitor an average rating of 8 out of 10. Azure Monitor is most commonly compared to Datadog:Azure Monitor vs Datadog. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 31% of all views.
What is Azure Monitor?

Azure Monitor maximizes the availability and performance of your applications by delivering a comprehensive solution for collecting, analyzing, and acting on telemetry from your cloud and on-premises environments. It helps you understand how your applications are performing and proactively identifies issues affecting them and the resources they depend on.

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TonyKerr
IT Consultant at Productive IT Solutions
Consultant
This integrated add-on for Microsoft Azure helps monitor performance of the base product

Pros and Cons

  • "A product that is well-integrated for monitoring Microsoft Azure."
  • "As a younger product it still has room for feature improvement and enhancement."

What is our primary use case?

I use Monitor for up-down (up time / down time) monitoring and tracking performance events within Azure. Essentially, I use it for log analytic searches, backend searches, and also to provide insights into Azure Monitor.

What is most valuable?

I find that the new dynamic alerting is a pretty good feature now. It bought the product up to date. Response times for alerts are much better than they were. Also running event searches within Azure Monitor. They're quite handy features and I find them all valuable.

What needs improvement?

I'm quite involved in the automation of dynamic alerts so I really can provide some insight into how that can be improved. They did have an alerts feature before and it was quite well automated, but since they've gone to a dynamic model and did a few updates, it broke a few things. Some commands that were used before no longer work. But some things that could be improved are:

  • Feedback should really be feeding back to MSFC (Windows Server Failover Cluster). 
  • Make it so you can actually create more dynamic alerts on the fly. 
  • Add capabilities to export templates dynamically. 
  • Integrate better with Terraform — which everybody seems to be using these days. The integration with Terraform is broken on the Terraform side as well so it's not working as well as it should be from either point.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for more than three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of the product is okay. We've got to do some further testing with alerting. It is something we are at the point of using now with our customers. A client was previously getting flooded with alerts but not when we were able to suppress alerts in the right way. So, I think it's pretty stable compared to how it was. There is still more room for improvement.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I think the scalability is pretty good and you can plug-and-play pretty well. I'm not sure how well the product talks to other third-party tools, but overall the scalability is good. I don't think they are going to scrap the current model but they've got a lot of things that you can embed now with service help metrics. I think it is a pretty good bonus. There is a new upscale function as well, so scalability is pretty good.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is pretty good. They have been getting better. A lot of the call center operations are offshore these days, but that situation has been getting better as well. I would say there is an improvement in technical support in response time to tickets. They usually get to things within four to eight hours. Even if the technicians say there is going to be a 24-hour response — like a class C ticket — it still goes through.

How was the initial setup?

The product is in the portal, so you don't really need to set it up. When you get your subscription it is all built-in. If you're setting up customized resources and alerting, then you need to set up the action groups and some other things. For example, I put automation on group creation which sets the alerts and additional parameters. It isn't necessary but it is a good option to take advantage of. The only thing that gets in the way during setup is the integration. I think the setup is getting better and easier than it was.

What about the implementation team?

I implemented the product myself with customizations and building it out for our needs.

What other advice do I have?

I have been using this product almost since it was first released. It changed in the last two or three years to be officially launched. I think the initial release of Monitor came out about four years ago and has improved a bit. So on a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate Azure Monitor further up there than I would have before. It is eight now. It is really production-ready. I'm not going to give it 10 out of 10 cause nothing's ever that good but I'll give it an 8.5 out of 10.

To get closer to being a ten they would need automation of alerting. What I mean by this is adding a feature where you drag-and-drop what you want and then you can click and it exports the template. That would be ideal. I think there is actually a way to do that template export, but there isn't a dedicated export function. You can do that without a dedicated function when you deploy, but you can't do that with a visual monitor at the moment. 

In any case, I would definitely recommend the product for Azure users because it is seamlessly integrated into the platform.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner.
Paul-Fijma
Technical Engineer at Asperion
Real User
Excellent at status updates and well integrated with Microsoft

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution integrates well with the Microsoft platform."
  • "n comparison to New Relic, which I've used before, it's a bit more complicated. It's not as easy to use. It also took some time to get it working. The implementation needs to be simpler."

What is our primary use case?

We have a financial application that needs to be working, and for our organization, it's important to be able to see the status of the overall application, which we have now. That's our primary use case for the solution. 

What is most valuable?

The solution integrates well with the Microsoft platform.

What needs improvement?

In comparison to New Relic, which I've used before, it's a bit more complicated. It's not as easy to use. It also took some time to get it working. The implementation needs to be simpler.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for three months.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Right now, we're planning to increase usage. We're migrating from on-premises to the cloud. Currently, we have 25 users.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used New Relic. Azure Monitor does a better job of integrating with Microsoft, which is one of its main selling points.

How was the initial setup?

The deployment of the solution is somewhat complex because not all the tools are easy to understand. Just like New Relic, you use the SQL language to do the requests that you want to have specific for your APM. That's a little bit different than I'm used to. I'm trying to learn the language right now.

What other advice do I have?

Currently, we are using all deployment models: public cloud, private, hybrid, and on-premises. Since we already have Azure, they deliver the monitoring solution as part of our environment.

Azure is more integrated into the infrastructure than New Relic was. You can use infrastructure components versus the analytics tool, which is a separate component that you can use for multiple things in different ways.

Currently, I would rate the solution eight out of ten. It's working very well. It does exactly what I expect it to do. I think it's a good solution. It's very well supported by Microsoft.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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PA
Senior Principal Consultant at GDPRTech
Consultant
A fast service to deploy that is stable and can scale

What is our primary use case?

We are doing the Azure cloud transformation by moving to link up the application to the cloud. Monitoring is one part of application's transformation. I only work with the cloud-based model. 

What needs improvement?

They can simplify the overall complexity since you have multiple data sources in the cloud for monitoring. It's quite simple, but there are so many portals. It takes time to work with it. If they could simplify the user configuration, that would be good. The integration capabilities could use some improvements.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the product for approximately seven years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The product is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the

What is our primary use case?

We are doing the Azure cloud transformation by moving to link up the application to the cloud. Monitoring is one part of application's transformation.

I only work with the cloud-based model. 

What needs improvement?

They can simplify the overall complexity since you have multiple data sources in the cloud for monitoring. It's quite simple, but there are so many portals. It takes time to work with it. If they could simplify the user configuration, that would be good.

The integration capabilities could use some improvements.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the product for approximately seven years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The product is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's a service from Microsoft, so it will scale.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not contacted the technical support for Azure Monitor.

It is easy to create a ticket. The overall Microsoft Azure could be faster.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

This was only the traditional basic monitoring for Azure.

How was the initial setup?

It depends of the things that you're going to monitor. For example, when configuring a third-party social Internet application on IaaS services and PaaS, I don't have a software development background. Therefore, it's quite difficult to ask the infrastructure guys, "What is something that I need to monitor from the Azure's SQL Server databases and infrastructure."

It's a fast service to deploy. It's more about defining the configuration. You need to find the right attributes to monitor. It takes about two weeks (10 to 20 days) to assign what to monitor. The actual configuration is quite fast. 

What about the implementation team?

I did a private installation for the customer's Intranet.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner.
OA
Partner / Consultant at procomix
Reseller
Monitors all of our clients' environments and helps them with technical issues

Pros and Cons

  • "I am impressed by the reporting on the average eight ports that we get from this solution."
  • "They need to work on a more hybrid deployment that will allow us to monitor local on-premise deployments and connect to different systems. I would like to see more integration."

What is our primary use case?

We are an operation center so we use this solution mainly to monitor all of our clients' environments and to help them with technical issues. So it's mainly promoting clients' environments, technical issues, and being proactive.

What is most valuable?

I am impressed by the reporting on the average eight ports that we get from this solution.

What needs improvement?

They need to work on a more hybrid deployment that will allow us to monitor local on-premise deployments and connect to different systems. I would like to see more integration. 

In the next version, I would like to see more mobile applications. The current support is based on email so customers don't have full support. I think the developers need to put some effort into the support team to put skilled people in place and provide phone access.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have teen using the solution for almost two years now.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We've had no major issues, so the program is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I believe the program is scalable.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was not that complex but it was definitely not straightforward. You need to have certain design planning in place. We are integrators, so we have an internal team who was responsible for it.

The duration of deployment depends on the size and the number of servers that you need to monitor. Sometimes it takes 20 or 30 days, sometimes takes five days or even less. So it depends on the client size and how much he or she wants to evolve and develop. 

I would say that one person is enough to do the deployment; it really depends on the kind of business.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Azure offers more intelligence than other solutions. Other solutions mainly focus on the network with hardware, but Azure is more open to other platforms.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to others would be to do design planning. I believe there is room for improvement, especially when it comes to mobile applications. That is why my rating is eight out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller.
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