Azure Management services: what's new in June 2023

In June, Microsoft announced a considerable number of news regarding Azure management services. Through these articles released monthly we want to provide an overall overview of the main news, in order to stay up to date on these arguments and have the necessary references for further information.

The following diagram shows the different areas related to management, which are covered in this series of articles:

Figure 1 – Management services in Azure overview


Azure Monitor

AKS Network Observability add-on (preview)

The new AKS Network Observability add-on provides the ability to monitor the health of the network and connectivity of the AKS cluster. Integrating seamlessly with Azure-managed Prometheus and Azure-managed Grafana, this add-on provides better monitor capabilities in a unified experience.

These are the main features:

  • access to cluster-level network metrics, such as packet losses, connection statistics and more;
  • access to pod-level metrics and network debugging features;
  • support for all Azure CNIs;
  • support for all AKS node types: Linux and Windows;
  • ease of deployment using native Azure tools: AKS CLI, ARM models, PowerShell, etc.;
  • integration with Azure-managed Prometheus and Grafana offerings.

Azure Monitor Alert resources are now visible in the Azure portal

Historically, alert resources (alert rules, alert processing rules and action groups) have always been hidden resources in the Azure portal. This prevented them from appearing when searching or in the resource list and limited their viewing experience. Now Microsoft is making these resources “first-class citizens” in the Azure portal, so that they become visible in all places where the assets can be viewed in the portal, and more precisely the alerting resources:

  • appear in the search results in the top search bar of the Azure portal;
  • they appear when listing resources within a subscription or resource group;
  • they can now be viewed in a standard resource pane and will soon be editable as well (the same way you edit any other Azure resource).

Azure Monitor container insights for AKS cluster with ARM64 nodes

Container insights is a feature designed to monitor the performance of container workloads deployed in the cloud. Provides performance visibility by collecting processor and memory metrics from controllers, nodes and containers available in Kubernetes through the Metrics API. Azure Monitor container insights is now available for AKS clusters with ARM64 nodes.

Managed identity authentication in Azure Monitor Container Insights

Managed Identity is a secure and streamlined authentication model where the Azure Monitor monitoring agent uses the cluster's managed identity to send data to the Azure Monitor backend. This mechanism replaces the current certificate-based local authentication and eliminates the need to add a monitoring metrics publisher role to the cluster. Managed Identity will now be the default authentication mechanism for Container Insights.

Azure Virtual Desktop Insights powered by Azure Monitor agent (preview)

Administrators working with Azure Virtual Desktop Insights can now use the Azure Monitor Agent (AMA) to collect data from session hosts. This preview introduces the ability to use an updated workbook to help orchestrate configuration and management of all required components.


Azure Cost Management

Updates related toMicrosoft Cost Management

Microsoft is constantly looking for new methodologies to improve Microsoft Cost Management, the solution to provide greater visibility into where costs are accumulating in the cloud, identify and prevent incorrect spending patterns and optimize costs . Inthis article some of the latest improvements and updates regarding this solution are reported.


Microsoft Defender for Cloud

New features, bug fixes and deprecated features of Microsoft Defender for Cloud

Microsoft Defender for Cloud development is constantly evolving and improvements are being made on an ongoing basis. To stay up to date on the latest developments, Microsoft updates this page, this provides information about new features, bug fixes and deprecated features. In particular, this month the main news concern:

  • simplified onboarding of multicloud accounts;
  • support for private endpoints in malware scanning in Defender for Storage;
  • updates to NIST standards 800-53 in compliance with regulations;
  • cloud migration planning with an Azure Migrate business case now includes Defender for Cloud;
  • express configuration for vulnerability assessments in Defender for SQL is available;
  • added more scopes to Azure DevOps connectors;
  • replacing agent-based detection with agentless detection for container capabilities in Defender CSPM.


Azure Backup

Multiple backups per day for Azure virtual machines

Azure Virtual Machine Backup allows you to create advanced policies to take multiple snapshots per day. This allows you to protect virtual machines with an RPO as low as four hours.


Azure Migrate

New Azure Migrate releases and features

Azure Migrate is the service in Azure that includes a large portfolio of tools that you can use, through a guided experience, to address effectively the most common migration scenarios. To stay up-to-date on the latest developments in the solution, please consult this page, that provides information about new releases and features. In particular, this month the main news concern:

  • security cost savings with Microsoft Defender for Cloud (MDC), using the Azure Migrate business case;
  • troubleshooting issues affecting performance data collection and accuracy of Azure VM and Azure VMware Solution evaluation recommendations.

Azure Database Migration

Online migrations for Azure Database for MySQL instances

Azure Database Migration Service Online Migration for Azure Database for MySQL now allows you to migrate an Azure Database for MySQL instance – Single Server, a MySQL on-premises instance or MySQL servers in other clouds to Azure Database for MySQL – Flexible Server. This new feature helps minimize the downtime of critical applications and limit the impact on the availability of service levels.

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