Microsoft refines Azure management portal preview to give IT pros more control

The tool has been upgraded three times since the end January, and more improvements are on the way

Microsoft has upgraded an IT management portal it's developing for Azure that's intended to calm the nerves of IT pros wary about moving on premises applications to the vendor's cloud.

The revamped version improves how IT staffers track their Azure services and how they interact with the tool, Microsoft said in a blog post on Tuesday.

The navigation improvements are meant to simplify how users find Azure resources.

For example, the "all resources" view will display a list of items such as web apps and virtual machines that customers own across all their subscriptions.

The resources are sorted alphabetically and can be filtered by different criteria, although Microsoft acknowledges the list isn't complete, an issue it's working to fix.

The company has also made it possible to customize the columns in this list, and pin extra important resources to tiles on the opening page, the so-called Startboard, for quick access.

The interface upgrades let users customize monitoring charts and make it easier to use keyboard shortcuts. If a tile can't be rendered, there is now a feature for refreshing that individual tile without having to reload the entire portal.

As enterprises move more and larger IT systems to the cloud, advanced management functionality is becoming increasingly important to IT pros so that they can monitor and control, to a certain extent, their hosted apps, computing services and data.

Gradually, service providers like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft are adding new features to make the IT management capabilities they offer to their customers more efficient and wider in scope.

The portal is only available as a preview, and the blog post didn't offer any details on when it would be generally available.

But Microsoft seems to have stepped up the development of the offering. It has been upgraded three times since the end January, and more improvements are on the way.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags cloud computingMicrosoftinternetsoftwaresystem management

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?