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What is Azure Monitor?

"Azure Monitor helps you maximize the availability and performance of your applications and services. It delivers a comprehensive solution for collecting, analyzing, and acting on telemetry from your cloud and on-premises environments."


  • Detect and diagnose issues across applications and dependencies with Application Insights.
  • Correlate infrastructure issues with VM insights and Container insights.
  • Drill into your monitoring data with Log Analytics for troubleshooting and deep diagnostics.
  • Support operations at scale with smart alerts and automated actions.
  • Create visualizations with Azure dashboards and workbooks.
  • Collect data from monitored resources using Azure Monitor Metrics.

High - Level Overview:


Sources that can be used by Azure Monitor.


The data collected by Azure Monitor can be divided into two basic types and are stored in different storage spaces.

Metrics - Metrics are numerical values that describe some aspect of a system at a particular point in time (e.g. CPU, Network, and Disk) stored in time series database (for 93 days).

Logs - Logs are events that occurred within the system. They can contain different kinds of data and may be structured or free form text with a timestamp.

Metrics vs. Logs:

Metrics Explorer:


  • Insights
  • Visualize
  • Analyze
  • Respond
  • Integrate


Azure Monitor overview - Azure Monitor
Overview of Microsoft services and functionalities that contribute to a complete monitoring strategy for your Azure services and applications.
Azure Monitor documentation - Azure Monitor
Azure Monitor, which now includes Log Analytics and Application Insights, provides sophisticated tools for collecting and analyzing telemetry that allow you to maximize the performance and availability of your cloud and on-premises resources and applications.
ASK THE EXPERT: Jumpstart your Azure Monitor journey
Martin Ehrnst is a Microsoft Azure MVP and technical lead for Azure at Intility. In this article, he takes us through how you can begin monitoring your applications and services via Azure Monitor.

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