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March 25, 2020

Weekly Cloud Provider News – AWS CloudWatch Dashboard, Windows Admin Center, Azure Security Center and Virtual Memory

Chris Patterson

Here’s our round-up and take on the latest cloud provider news: This week, we cover AWS’ expansion of the CloudWatch dashboard, advancements in the Windows Admin Center, Azure Security Center Integrations and VMware insights on virtual memory.

  • AWS has expanded the CloudWatch dashboard and metric capability, allowing for more data to be collected and at a faster rate. CloudWatch dashboards can now hold more data on a single dashboard or graph. Bulk data requests have increased from 100 to 500 metrics per request, and data points per second (DPS) quota have increased from 90,000 to 396,000. CloudWatch dashboards have increased to 500 metrics per graph and 2500 metrics per dashboard. Read more here.

Why it matters: With more data collected at a faster rate, IT teams can boost monitoring efforts to gain better insight into the health and performance of applications and quickly identify root causes of issues before they escalate. Additionally, with enhanced dashboard capability, IT teams can take advantage of the extra data to provide a more detailed and complex analysis of their environment.

  • Microsoft recently added the ability to onboard Windows Servers directly from the Windows Admin Center into the Azure Security Center. This enables viewing of recommendations and alerts directly in the Windows Admin Center experience. It is a single location for SysAdmins to access the majority of the most commonly used admin tools. Find out more here.

Why it matters: With the ability to leverage Azure Security Center for the analysis of on-premises infrastructure, Microsoft has taken steps to eliminate silos between on-premises and cloud infrastructure. This will empower security teams to gain a holistic security overview of the entire IT infrastructure, breaking down the security analysis and review barriers between cloud and on-premises data centers.

  • Azure Security Center now supports integration with Azure Monitor alerts. This enables IT teams to configure Azure Monitor log alert rules for recommendations and alerts exported from the Security Center by taking advantage of the Security Center’s continuous export capabilities to Log Analytics Workspace. Learn more here.

Why it matters: With the combination of Azure Security Center monitoring on-premises infrastructure and the integration of Azure Monitor Alerts, it’s now possible to perform alerting, security and monitoring from within Azure for your cloud infrastructure while also keeping updated about security threats for your on-premises infrastructure.

  • A recent post on the VMware vSphere Blog explains how virtual memory is translated to physical memory. For workloads to access global system memory, you need to make sure virtual memory addresses are mapped to the physical addresses. There are several components working together to perform these translations efficiently. Get more details here.

Why it matters: Understanding memory is critical to running and hosting infrastructure in your data center, but it is often misunderstood or overlooked. This can cause platform performance problems, and fixing them may require a significant reduction in utilization or additional capital expenditure. One of the ways to avoid this issue is by identifying your up-front resource and compute needs before deploying applications and systems in the public or private cloud. To learn how Navisite can help your organization fully understand system and application demands, download our Cloud Planning and Assessment Solution Brief.

If you have any questions about these product updates and how they can optimize your environment, please contact us at hello@navisite.com.

About Chris Patterson

Leveraging his technical background and consulting skills, Chris Patterson was a key player in building Navisite’s cloud computing platform, NaviCloud, from the ground up and is responsible for overseeing its continual upgrades and improvement making sure it meets clients evolving needs from both a technical and business perspective. In addition he oversees the development and implementation teams for Navisite’s Desktop-as-a-Service and NaviCloud Intelligent Storage solutions. Prior to joining Navisite, Patterson spent nine years at MTM technologies as the Director of Information Security Services, where he gained extensive experience developing and consulting on security policies in a variety of different industries including financial, retail, legal, health care, and public sector. Chris holds a Bachelors of Science in nuclear engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and currently lives in Delaware.