Management and governance architecture design

Management and governance includes critical tasks like:

  • The monitoring, auditing, and reporting of security and business requirements.
  • Implementing backup, disaster recovery, and high availability.
  • Ensuring compliance with internal requirements and external regulations.
  • The protection of sensitive data.

Azure provides a wide range of services to help you with management and governance. Here are a few examples:

  • Azure Attestation. Remotely verify the trustworthiness of a platform and the integrity of the binaries running inside it.
  • Azure confidential ledger. Store and process confidential data with confidence.
  • Azure Purview. Govern, protect, and manage your data.
  • Azure Policy. Achieve real-time cloud compliance at scale with consistent resource governance.
  • Azure Stack. Place technologies and services in appropriate locations, based on your business requirements. Meet custom compliance, sovereignty, and data gravity requirements.
  • Azure Backup. Define backup policies and provide protection for a wide range of enterprise workloads.
  • Azure Site Recovery. Keep your business running with built-in disaster recovery.
  • Azure Archive Storage. Store rarely accessed data.
  • Azure Monitor. Get full observability into your applications, infrastructure, and network.

Introduction to management and governance on Azure

If you're new to management and governance on Azure, the best way to learn more is with Microsoft Learn training, a free online training platform. Microsoft Learn provides interactive training for Microsoft products and more.

Here are some resources to get you started:

Path to production

The following sections provide links to reference architectures in some key management and governance categories:


Disaster recovery

High availability

Compliance and governance

Hybrid management

Update management

Best practices

The Azure Well-Architected Framework is a set of guiding tenets that you can use to improve the quality of your architectures. For management and governance best practices, see:

For additional guidance, see:

Stay current with management and governance

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Additional resources

Following are a few more management and governance architectures to consider:

AWS or Google Cloud professionals