There were a couple of items which I included in the Road to the Cloud webinar that I had not included in the whitepaper which I think will be helpful to the community when it comes to Operations Manager and Azure monitoring. This blog post will cover:
- How to monitor Azure in Operations Manager
- What management packs do I use to monitor Azure in Operations Manager?
- Where can I find management packs?
- What are the responsibilities of IT related to the Cloud?
- Key quotes from this whitepaper and/or related to this whitepaper and webinar
How to monitor Azure in Operations Manager:
The graphic below shows the methods used to provide monitoring for applications depending on where they are running. The on-premises application monitoring approach is what we are used to doing with Operations Manager (IE: installing an OM agent on the system, and using management packs to monitor storage and network devices). In IaaS the OM agent is still installed and full OM functionality is available (including things like .NET APM monitoring). For PaaS items we need to have a management pack available to monitor them (which ones are shown later) and for SaaS we need to have a management pack available to monitor them.
What management packs do I use to monitor Azure and SaaS applications in Operations Manager?
- Azure: “System Center Management Pack for Windows Azure“
- Azure Websites: “Microsoft Azure Applications“
- Azure SQL: “Windows Azure SQL Database Management Pack for System Center 2012“
- Windows Azure Pack: “Windows Azure Pack (WAP)“, and “Windows Azure Pack (WAP) – Web Sites“
- Office 365: “System Center Management Pack for Office 365“
Where can I find management packs?
- Online Catalog: http://tinyurl.com/OMMPS
- MP Wiki: http://tinyurl.com/OMMPWIKI
- MP Repository: http://tinyurl.com/MPRepository
What are the responsibilities of IT related to the Cloud?
In the whitepaper I introduced four pillars of IT which apply regardless of where an application is provided: Management, Monitoring, Recoverability and Automation. The graphic below shows who owns each of the different pieces of an application depending on where it exists (On-premises, IaaS, PaaS and SaaS). Regardless of who is responsible for the various pieces of the application, each of these four pillars will still apply.
If you took the four pillars they would overlay each of the four ways that the applications can be run, with the four pillars split in terms of who would be performing these actions as shown below.
Key quotes from this whitepaper and/or related to this whitepaper and webinar:
- “If Information Technology becomes Anti-Technology it has doomed itself to irrelevance.”
- “Those of us who do not evolve our skillsets will become the technical equivalent of dinosaurs found only in the dusty virtual corners of search engine histories and in the bargain book bins.”
- “If Information Technology were to have an equivalent to the Hippocratic Oath it should be summarized ‘To use technology for the betterment of the world’.”
- “The Cloud is not our enemy. The Cloud is a tool.”