The following article was published by Microsoft Corporation on March 21, 2018 and was written by  Principal PM Manager, AIM India.

Today, we are announcing the general availability of the next generation of alerts in Azure. With Azure Monitoring Services, you can set up alerts to monitor the metrics and log data for the entire stack across your infrastructure, application, and Azure platform. With the release of the next generation alerts, we are providing a new consolidated alerts experience and offering a new alerts platform that will be faster and leveraged by other Azure services. Some of our customers have already been using the new alerts in preview and provided us feedback.

“The new unified experience dramatically improves our alert management capabilities. As part of our standard client configuration, we deploy and manage a variety of resource monitors to provide comprehensive coverage of a customer environment. These monitors include PaaS Resource Metrics/Logs, Azure Activity Events, and Log Analytics searches. We can now manage all of these monitors and alerts through a single interface and layer standardized action groups across all of them. This new service means we can offer a more consistent approach to our customers while dramatically reducing the management overhead.

In addition, the performance improvements have allowed us to respond quicker to critical customer issues. With near real time metrics for things like Heart Beat logs, we can be alerted to a downed server event in record time and take swift action to recover the environment.”

Dugan Sheehan, Principal – Product Architect, Fanatical Azure, Rackspace

Let’s review the faster alerts and the unified experience.

Faster alerts

Metric alerts: The new alerts platform is designed to provide low latency metric alerts. You can monitor metric values at a frequency as low as 1 minute, and alerts are fired in less than 5 minutes. You can also set alert rules on multi-dimensional metrics opening up the possibility for more complex or precise alert rules. As an example, using multi-dimensional metrics you can set up an alert rule that monitors ingress rates on a specific API such as PutBlob or GetBlob within a storage account.

Log alerts (limited public preview): With the new “Metric alerts for Logs” capability, you can achieve low-latencyalerts for certain log types in Log Analytics, including performance counters and heartbeats– which are important for mission-critical infrastructure and applications. As part of this feature, we are deriving metrics from logs (in Log Analytics) and leveraging the new metric alerting platform to provide faster alerts on logs. In addition to Azure resources, this capability allows you to set alert rules for hybrid scenarios. Coupled with the Log Analytics capability to collect data from Azure and on-premises resources, you can leverage “Metric Alerts for Logs” capability to alert on hybrid environment.

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