How to improve your Azure Cloud performance and availability

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Cloud & ICT

The age of cloud computing is truly upon us, and organisations across the globe are reaping the benefits of a fully connected digital ecosystem.

That’s not to say that digital connectivity and cloud computing don’t come with their fair share of problems. Indeed, issues such as latency, sub-par performance, and lack of availability often rear their ugly heads to adversely affect productivity.

And because workforce efficacy lives or dies by the stability of your network, it’s imperative that measures exist to alleviate any pressure points in the system. Below, you’ll find a few key tips to getting the most out of your Azure Cloud infrastructure:

Start with Azure Traffic Manager

Azure Traffic Manager allows you to control the distribution of user traffic to service endpoints running in different data centres. In practice, this means that your customers and staff will be served from the data center that's closest to them, reducing network latency and performance issues in the process. Furthermore, if a centre goes offline, other data servers will pick up the slack with users being none the wiser.

More than just a load balancer, Azure Traffic Manager offers many other benefits (courtesy of Paris Polyzos):

  • Improved app availability with automatic failover.
  • Increased app responsiveness.
  • Facilitates smooth cloud migration.
  • Distributes your app traffic equally, or with weighted values.
  • Offers A/B testing of new deployments.
  • Seamlessly combines on-premises and cloud systems.

For more information about Azure Traffic Manager, check out Microsoft’s overview.

Use Azure Advisor for best practice guidance and resource configuration

Azure Advisor is a personalised cloud consultant that helps you follow best practices to optimise your Azure deployments. It accomplishes this by examining resource configuration and usage telemetry to provide recommendations on how to improve performance, security, and availability. In addition, it also looks for opportunities to cut down your overall Azure expenditure.

To begin reducing costs and implementing best practices, check out Azure Advisor.

Get to know Azure Monitor Metrics Explorer

This Azure Cloud component helps you plot charts, correlate trends, and interrogate metric value fluctuations. With this invaluable tool you’re able to investigate performance and availability problems within your existing Azure-hosted infrastructure, and take decisive, educated action to solve them.

Azure Alerts works hand-in-hand with Metrics Explorer to notify you of conditions that match the latest configurations. Azure defines these alerts as:

  • Classic metric alerts — this alert triggers when the value of a specified metric crosses a threshold that you assign. It generates a notification when the alert is "Activated" and "Resolved".
  • Classic activity log alerts — a streaming log alert that triggers when an Activity Log event is generated matching filter criteria that you have assigned. These alerts have only one state, "Activated," since the alert engine simply applies the filter criteria to any new event. They can be used for when a new Service Health incident occurs, or when a user or application performs an operation in your subscription. For example, "Delete virtual machine".

ExpressRoute — connecting you to speed and security

ExpressRoute is a service that allows you to set up private connections between Azure's data centres and your current infrastructure, either on-premises or in a colocation facility. This service is extremely beneficial as it offers higher security, reliability, and speed, combined with lower and more consistent latencies than conventional internet connections.

Implement tailored, private connectivity with CloudBridge to ExpressRoute by TERALINK Solutions

A traditional internet connection isn't fast enough to make the most of ExpressRoute's performance features, so it's a good idea to commission the help of a connectivity partner. An experienced connectivity partner possesses the technological knowledge to help you fully realise the potential of your network by connecting your facilities to a suitable data centre.

TERALINK Solutions offers the dependable, private CloudBridge to ExpressRoute connectivity as the solution for this:

  • CloudBridge creates private connections between your infrastructure (on-premises or a colocation environment) and Azure using ExpressRoute, with higher speed and lower latencies than standard internet connections.
  • ExpressRoute is an ideal and cost-effective solution for periodic data migration, business continuity replication, and disaster recovery.
  • With ExpressRoute, it’s easy to add compute and storage capacity to your existing datacenter infrastructure. Azure’s high throughput and low latency lets you enjoy the economies of scale of the public cloud without compromising on performance.
  • ExpressRoute’s predictable, high-throughput connections let you build applications that span on-premises infrastructure and Azure, without compromising privacy or performance.

Start maximizing your Azure Cloud’s performance by scheduling a call with one of our friendly specialists. If you’re looking for more information on the other services TERALINK Solutions provides, head over to our comprehensive website.

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