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SCOM vs Azure Monitor: Specific requirements


We are planning to move our on-prem virtual infrastructure to Azure; hence, in designing phase. Regarding designing monitoring, we have chalked out our monitoring requirements; now we need to compare the SCOM and Azure Monitor and make a decision where and when to use SCOM or AM. The following are our requirements. Could you please share your thoughts on the following points? I will be highly obliged:

  1. Monitor the high availability of applications and their dependencies. How SCOM and Azure Monitor can handle this?

  2. In case we are monitoring all infrastructure key performance metric across CPU, RAM, and Disk (including disk I/O stats) real time and historical; and also generating reports of the servers with a high and low amount of metrics usage over time, we will need to drive the automation of resizing resourcing on servers, both automatically and manually. How SCOM and Azure Monitor can handle this?

  3. Can Azure Monitor restart the failed services?

  4. Integration with patch management to help automate testing of applications after patches are applied.

  5. Automatically discovers dependencies between applications and services.

@LeonLaude @StoyanChalakov Please shed some light or tag any relevant expert :)

Thanks a heap in anticipation.

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@Pauciloquent Thanks for reaching out. I don't know much about SCOM but I can share my thoughts about Azure Monitor.

1) You can enable monitoring for your application with Application Insights to collect detailed information including page views, application requests, and exceptions. You can verify the availability of your application by configuring an availability test to simulate user traffic which notifies when your application isn't responding or if it responds too slowly. For more information, refer this.

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Thanks a heap @SwathiDhanwada-MSFT. I really appreciate it.

Thanks for the App Insights link. So, it means, business application should be hosted on Azure or supported by App Insights agent, correct?

What about Server Software like SQL or Microsoft Exchange?

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@Pauciloquent Azure Application Insights supports web applications which can be hosted either on Azure or on-premises. To check for the list of services that you can use application insights, you can refer this document.

You can also monitor SQL and Office 365 with available solutions in Azure. Here are few reference documents. Kindly check if it helps.

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2) Azure monitor Metrics collects point in time numerical values of the resources, where as Azure Monitor logs collects the information from various data sources which can be helpful for deep analysis. Respective azure resource provides horizontal or vertical autoscaling options. For example, if you want to have horizontal scaling for azure virtual machines, you can use availability sets service in azure. Can you please let me know for which type of resource are you looking for autoscaling ?

3) Azure Monitor is mainly collects metrics , diagnostic logs and provides insights. To restart services, you can integrate with other services like Azure Automation, Logic apps etc.

5) Service Map solution of Azure Monitor automatically discovers the interconnected components and applications . For more information , refer this document.

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MSFT's cloud monitoring (Azure Monitor, Log Analytics (splunk), etc) is not going to be as good as SCOM when it comes to monitoring your MSFT on prem services and applications). I thought you could monitoring your Azure resources from your on prem SCOM instance. IMHO, I would use SCOM where I could, and where I cannot I would just use the monitoring services in Azure and create some dashboards in Azure showing the health of my cloud resources. I understand MSFT might be trying to offer SCOM as a cloud service, when that is available, you might be able to transfer your SCOM workloads to the cloud and dump your on prem SCOM infra.

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@Pauciloquent Did you get chance to check previous comments? Kindly revert if you have further questions.

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Thanks a heap... I may have a couple of questions on Wednesday.. Please keep open this thread until then...

Thanks a heap

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@Pauciloquent Just following up to check if you need further assistance in this issue.

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@Pauciloquent Do you need further assistance in this issue?

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