Digital transformation with Azure

IT operations management updates bring new and expanded Azure support, helping tech pros better monitor, manage, and secure hybrid IT infrastructures and applications.

SolarWinds has introduced a wave of updates across its IT Operations Management offering, including the Orion® Platform suite of products, and its application performance management (APM) suite. This extends SolarWinds support for organisations investing in MicrosoftAzure® as their strategic digital transformation partner, and offers technology professionals the comprehensive ability to monitor, manage, and secure hybrid IT operations.

 

According to a survey of the SolarWinds THWACK® user community of over 150,000 registered members, over half (53 percent of respondents) use Azure, but many organisations are just beginning their migration journey. Most operate some applications or workloads in the cloud, but much of IT remains on-premises. This highlights the need for comprehensive, full-stack visibility across the entire hybrid IT environment, regardless of where an organisation is in its digital transformation journey.

 

As noted by Forrester®, users leverage cloud platforms to serve a wide range of functions[1], yielding enhanced productivity, security, and operations for tech pros.The latest portfolio updates are designed to help tech pros more effectively manage everything from cloud and hybrid IT infrastructures to commercial, custom, and SaaS applications, empowering them to see clearer, scale faster, and perform better.

 

“For 20 years, SolarWinds has helped tech pros navigate the challenges of highly performant environments, while avoiding the distractions of the hype cycle. Because of this strong legacy, we’re uniquely positioned to help these same tech pros as they embark on their journey to the cloud,” said Sandy Orlando, senior vice president, products, SolarWinds.

 

“Today’s tech pros require greater flexibility, enhanced security, and improved full-stack visibility to successfully manage the web of applications and workloads spanning on-premises, hybrid, and multi-cloud environments, like Microsoft Azure,” she continued. “These new features and solution enhancements announced today reinforce our commitment to and focus on what matters most to customers: solving IT management problems the way tech pros need them solved and delivering solutions compatible with the environments they use today—and where they’ll grow tomorrow.”

 

Expanded full-stack visibility to optimize the performance of hybrid IT and Azure environments

 

To meet this important customer need, SolarWinds announced updates spanning both its SaaS-delivered APM suite, and the SolarWinds® Orion Platform, which scales to encompass monitoring of on-premises and cloud environments, including Microsoft Azure, with support for monitoring Azure IaaS (Windows® and Linux®) and PaaS services, as well as Office 365®:

 

  • AppOptics and Pingdom® (part of the SaaS-delivered APM suite): Included in AppOptics is the capability to monitor key Azure services and extends its support to provide powerful application performance monitoring with tracing and code-level troubleshooting for applications running on an Azure App Service. Combined with the integration between AppOptics and Loggly®, this extends its full-stack traces-to-logs support to provide comprehensive monitoring of Azure, applications running on Azure, and the logs created by those applications. Pingdom also extends support of Azure through the recently released Pingdom API 3.1, which makes it even easier to capture performance and availability data from Azure web applications.
  • Database Performance Analyzer (DPA): Adds new database performance analysis and recommendations for Azure SQL Database Managed Instances and adds support for the latest versions of popular databases including SQL Server® 2019, Oracle® 19, MariaDB® 10, and MySQL® 8.

 

  • Server Configuration Monitor (SCM): Provides animproved ability to monitor and alert on changes made within Windows systems running on Azure IaaS and adds support for detecting and tracking changes on Linux servers.
  • Orion Maps: Includes editing capabilities to deliver improved context and relevant visualizations with background images, and more.

 

  • SolarWinds Service Desk (SWSD): Integrates with the Orion Platform for streamlined IT Service Management (ITSM) governance and workflow. This integration improves time-to-resolution by automatically creating IT incident tickets in SWSD when an Orion alert is triggered. 

 

  • Cost Calculator for Azure: Identifies total spend for cloud services across one or several Azure subscriptions as a free tool for tech pros.

 

Enhanced flexibility and deployment options

 

To ease customers’ public cloud migrations, SolarWinds and Microsoft have partnered to certify the Orion Platform and its modules for Azure, and make them available within the Azure Marketplace. SolarWinds has added support for Azure SQL Database Managed Instance as the Orion database, helping customers reduce management overhead and total cost of ownership (TCO) associated with traditional database deployments.

 

“SolarWinds customers can now enjoy the benefits of cloud when choosing Azure for their network and systems management products,” said Wisam Hirzalla, director product marketing for Azure at Microsoft. “We’re delighted to have SolarWinds enable customers run their IT operations solution in the Microsoft cloud."

 

With this support for running on Azure, SolarWinds empowers organisations with the deployment flexibility they need in today’s hybrid environments. Through the Azure Marketplace, customers can easily deploy the SolarWinds industry-leading2 systems and network management software on Azure in typically as little as 30 minutes, and existing customers can migrate on-premises deployments of the Orion Platform and its modules to Azure-deployed instances.

 

Broader ability to monitor and manage cloud and hybrid IT environments with security in mind

 

Digital transformation journeys typically require companies and tech pros to invest in multiple management consoles to maintain security across their entire hybrid IT environment. Included in this wave of updates are the latest versions of Security Event Manager and Access Rights Manager, helping simplify the process of creating a reliable security posture for tech pros:

 

  • Access Rights Manager (ARM): Delivers simplified provisioning of users to Azure Active Directory®, the hub of identity and access management for many applications like Office 365.

 

  • Security Event Manager (SEM): Modernized security monitoring platform to simplify assuring the security of your applications, servers, and infrastructure.
Paessler has added capabilities to its PRTG Network Monitor. The launch of new sensors will help organisations monitor system health and virtual disk health. As a result, Paessler’s PRTG can also now take data from the Redfish System Health sensor and provide insights into the overall system status of server equipment and the status of various components such as power supplies or PCIe devices.
Nexthink, a leader in digital employee experience (DEX) management, has announced multiple alliances with leading technology players Citrix, HP, and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. who are looking to harness the power of Nexthink’s digital employee experience ecosystem. At a time when the world of work is changing, and leading companies are rising to meet the challenges presented by the hybrid working era, Nexthink’s commitment to providing a human-centric platform is uniquely positioned to solve these challenges.
Amido research shows 88% of retail tech decision makers (TDMs) see the potential of the likes of AI, AR and VR as ways to increase their competitive advantage, but many are struggling trying to meet the convenience demands of consumers.
Hot storage gives ops teams immediate access to on-premises and cloud log data, regardless of age of data, addressing growing pain points with customer compliance, forensics needs.
Precise, AI-powered insights enable DevOps and SRE teams to proactively optimize cloud-native applications and infrastructure.
Sumo Logic has introduced new integrations with CircleCI and GitLab designed to help development teams build, run and measure the health of the entire software delivery lifecycle.
Freshservice unified incident response management with AI-enhanced alerting enables any business to anticipate service disruption and minimise impact.
New integrations for Zscaler Digital Experience deliver deep insights into Microsoft Teams and Zoom to quickly identify and remediate app performance issues, provide enhanced Microsoft 365 support.