Alerting and Monitoring Comes to Microsoft Azure Cloud Backups
This week's updates include new ways for customers to keep tabs on their cloud backups, index their content and improve the performance of their streaming media.Microsoft has finally enabled a highly requested feature for customers of the company's cloud-based data protection offering, Azure Backup. "In a continuation of the simplified experience using the new Recovery Services vault, customers can now monitor cloud backups for their on-premises servers and Azure IaaS virtual machines in a single dashboard," said Giridhar Mosay, a Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise program manager, in an Aug. 18 announcement. "In addition, they can also configure email notifications for all backup alerts." Microsoft released the Recovery Services Vault, an Azure Resource Manager resource, earlier this year, allowing users to automate the process of backing up both their cloud and on-premises data. Azure Resource Manager is an infrastructure management solution that enables administrators to monitor, manage and deploy a cloud application's resources as a group rather than individually. To enable the new functionality, Mosay recommended that current Azure Backup customers using Recovery Services Vault update to the latest version of the backup agent software. Step-by-step instructions on adding the new monitoring and alerting features to their Azure subscriptions is available in this blog post.
Also this week, the company added new search indexing support to the Azure Portal, announced Evan Boyle, a Microsoft Azure Search software engineer. Currently in preview, the feature allows users to create search indexes based on content housed in an Azure Search blob and table storage.