Microsoft Azure Preview Portal Serves Up DevOps
"We use it on a daily basis for monitoring our clients' Web properties, analyzing performance events or error events, and our quality assurance team looks at those events to determine if we have an issue," Escamilla told eWEEK. "Often, we're able to identify and resolve potential issues, before they can actually be seen in production. We have set up several alerts that inform us of things like high page latency, and we're able to work out the issues right as they come up. "Application Insights keeps us informed of key issues before anything goes wrong. We are able to quickly drill down into the root cause and evaluate the cost-back for fixes. This is all something that might have taken days to reproduce in a traditional debugging scenario." Since beginning to use Application Insights, his company has developed its own DevOps group within its Dev/Test and Management sites, Escamilla said. "Having all of that data from our tools shared between the key stakeholders is a big advantage for the entire process with developing and deploying solutions," he said. Somasegar said because Microsoft is launching the Microsoft Azure Portal in preview, users with existing Azure and Visual Studio Online accounts will have to create a new account for the portal, and their existing accounts will not sync with the new one.The new Microsoft Azure Preview Portal provides a fully integrated experience that will enable customers to develop and manage an application in one place, using the platform and tools of their choice. The new portal combines all the components of a cloud application into a single development and management experience. Rather than managing stand-alone resources such as Microsoft Azure Web Sites, Visual Studio Projects or databases, customers can now create, manage and analyze their entire application as a single resource group in a unified experience, greatly reducing complexity while enabling scale. Today the new Azure resource manager is also being released via the latest Azure SDK for customers to automate their deployment and management from any client or device. Microsoft also is offering a new integrated billing experience that enables developers and IT pros to take control of their costs and optimize their resources for maximum business advantage. In addition, a rich gallery of application and services from Microsoft and the open-source community—an integrated marketplace of free and paid services—enables customers to leverage the ecosystem to be more agile and productive. Moreover, Microsoft announced key enhancements through the Microsoft Azure Preview Portal, available today. These include Team Projects supporting greater agility for application lifecycle management and the Monaco lightweight editor for modifying and committing Web project code changes without leaving Azure. Also included is its Application Insights analytics solution that collects telemetry data such as availability, performance and usage information to track an application's health. Visual Studio integration enables developers to surface this data from new applications with a single click. Showcasing Microsoft's commitment to choice and flexibility, the company announced new open-source partnerships with Chef and Puppet Labs to run configuration management technologies in Azure Virtual Machines. Using these community-driven technologies, customers will now be able to more easily deploy and configure in the cloud. In addition, today Microsoft announced the release of Java Applications to Microsoft Azure Web Sites, giving Microsoft even broader support for Web applications.
However, "Over time we will make sure your existing account will line up with the new portal, but for now the new portal is a place to get to know the system, and you won't see your existing VS Online account automatically migrating now," Somasegar said.