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Certero for Cloud: Azure Module

Gives you the data, tools and asset intelligence to simplify the management and

governance of Azure, to make the most out of your investments and minimize spend.

 

Visibility

Gain clarity with complete visibility of Azure

Governance

Define & pro-actively adhere to Cloud governance policies

Optimization

Right-size investments & avoid wasteful underutilization & configuration

Cost Management

See, analyze & predict Azure costs

Enterprise-Wide Visibility of Azure

You can’t manage what you can’t see. Certero for Cloud: Azure Module discovers and inventories the most valuable inventory and configuration data for your Cloud subscriptions.

Cutting through the noise and providing a clear dashboard view of Azure assets, Certero empowers stakeholders with the knowledge of the most actionable usage and performance metrics, as well as who is performing actions and provisioning services that can incur costs to the business.

+ Dashboard views can be as high-level or detailed as you wish, for example:

  • Resource Inventory – The enhanced inventory for each resource type.
  • Resource Types – Holistically or by business unit structure. All the discovered resources and quantities, with drill-down capability into the data behind all reporting to see resource lists. This is a good overview and useful to track Cloud Sprawl.
  • Metrics and Cloud Costs – The raw daily data that feeds the metrics and Cost Explorer features, for the deepest possible reporting scenarios.
  • Activity Logs – Who is managing and changing things in the Azure portal; doing things that can incur costs such as provisioning VMs. This helps to control and track ‘Bill Shock’ back to people.
  • Saved Governance or Optimization Reports – Quantifying toxic consumption, hygiene and wastage. Track conformance to Tagging and Naming standards.
  • Azure Cost Management – Identify trends, forecasts, spikes and root causes. Set budgets and alerts. Create and trend your own Cost Groups for laser focus, charge-back and show-back.

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Governance

Policies, process and standards are critical for Cloud management with Microsoft Azure, but then you need to be able to monitor and measure adherence and compliance to those standards centrally, en-masse and in accordance with asset ownership across the business.

Certero for Cloud: Azure makes governance pro-active through an intuitive Policy Builder that gives stakeholders an immediate, visual status and historical trends of compliance; which due to the volumes of data required, would be almost impossible to achieve manually.

To make sure you’re targeting the right asset data, Certero’s Filter Builder can be used to navigate deep resource associations and hierarchies, providing a powerfully flexible and repeatable way to attain immediate answers to complex governance questions.

+ An Azure stakeholder may wish to create policies to:

  • Manage adherance to Azure VM and resource naming and tagging standards, to identify any errors and deviations.
  • Identify unauthorized purchasing or provisioning, for example of high-spec, expensive VMs.
  • Ensure Cloud resource lifecycle process is being followed by ensuring associated, billable resources such as disks and public IP addresses are not left abandoned.
  • Ensure operational process is being followed such as correctly shutting down VMs.
  • Ensure security-related configuration is being properly managed.

Multi-Cloud Governance

Combining Certero for Cloud: Azure module with other Certero modules such as AWS, means you can have a live status of your multi-Cloud governance and can manage legitimate compliance exceptions, across multiple Cloud vendors.

Azure Resource Optimization, Hygiene & Performance

Optimization is the remediation of toxic consumption, underutilization, and of wasteful configuration that is costing money but not delivering value to the business.

Certero for Cloud: Azure enables the business to continually strive towards a more cost-efficient deployment state. Combining inventory and metrics data with deep reporting capability to removes noise and enables stakeholders to easily identify opportunities to optimize and manage waste; improving the hygiene of your Cloud environment and reducing cost.

+ Optimization examples include:

  • Finding resources in a state which means they can deliver no value, such as forgotten, deallocated Azure Virtual Machines.
  • Identifying misconfiguration or incomplete configuration of resources which impacts value for money, for example unassigned public IP addresses.
  • Tracking poor practice such as using premium disks attached to budget VM types.
  • Finding orphaned, abandoned resources such as disks, network interfaces, etc. which create noise, hinders the management of your Cloud estate, signals governance issues; and can be a source of toxic consumption.

Azure Performance

Certero’s Azure Cloud Metrics Explorer helps to measure the specific combination of capacity and performance that’s being consumed against what’s been provisioned, enabling further optimization through more accurate allocation of resources. Combine metrics with Certero Policy Builder to automatically find, visualize and trend your status and success.

Certero for Cloud: Azure enables you to actively discover instances of under-performance and to explore these Cloud assets in greater depth to determine where efficiencies and cost-savings can be made. Find these opportunities, and more:

  • Non-utilization – Identify zombie, idling VMs and other resources.
  • Under-utilisation – Find right-sizing candidates where VMs are using only a fraction the provisioned, billable CPU, RAM, etc.; to realize the most value from what you pay for.
  • Consolidation – Explore data to support application consolidation across fewer VMs.
  • Bottlenecks – Find causes of performance issues related to CPU, RAM, disk performance, network throughput, etc.

Azure Cost Management & Optimization

Cost management allows an organization to see, predict and understand the contributors of Cloud spend, make decisions and act accordingly.

Certero for Cloud: Azure gives you cost management features for understanding actual and forecast costs, for assigning budgets to customizable pools of resources, and for identifying causes of bill shock to intercept them before they become a problem. Giving you the ability to perform cost analysis again your azure budgets and spend. 

Combined with other Certero for Cloud modules like AWS, Certero enables a multi-Cloud view of expenditure and the ability to manage Cloud charges (e.g. by cost-center) across the business, for charge-back.

Unlimited Azure Reporting Tools

Gaining good data is key to any asset management process, but to be able to achieve good outcomes, you also need a powerful, intuitive and customizable Azure reporting tool.

Certero for Cloud: Azure enables you to derive meaningful answers and insights from complex data and easily share and present that information through near-infinite reporting possibilities.

It’s not enough to be limited solely to ‘pre-canned’ reports in a solution; Certero’s approach instead, has created a reporting platform that’s intuitive enough to enable stakeholders to easily create and customize their own reports and get the answer to any question.

Whether you need an Azure cost or usage report, Azure cost estimator or forecasting, or to test the state of your Azure resource tagging, personalized dashboards can be populated with any array of information needed. Behind all your dashboard reports, Certero’s drill-down capability enables users to immediately access the data behind the reports with a simple click.

Multi-Cloud Visibility

Certero for Cloud can be easily expanded to enable multi-Cloud governance and control by simply activating other Cloud modules, such as AWS or Certero for SaaS modules including: Office365, GSuite, Adobe Creative Cloud, Salesforce.com Okta, box, Dropbox, Slack, Tableau, Wrike and Zoom.

This enables organizations to manage the same governance policies through the same dashboard UI, but expand the Cloud vendors in scope as needed, and even bring on-premises assets into scope via Certero’s other solutions readily available on the Certero Unified Platform.

 

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