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Microsoft Azure Integration with dinManage

Microsoft Azure Integration with dinManage

dinCloud Successfully Integrates Azure with dinManage

After a complete revamp of dinManage, a state-of-the-art cloud orchestration portal by dinCloud, the development team at the company turned its attention towards broadening the implementation scope of dinManage.

To begin with, our development team undertook the challenge of fully integrating cloud environments that were deployed over Microsoft Azure, within the dinManage portal. Here are the few salient features that have been made possible with this integration.

  • Templates and Product Management
  • Marketplace
  • Product Provisioning
  • VM Management and Operations
  • Monitoring and Alerts
  • Resource Utilization
  • My Security
    1. Add/Remove Networks
    2. Buy Public IPs and Assign them to VMs
    3. Open/Close Ports on these VMs
    4. Site-to-Site VPN
  • Reports
  • Activity Logs

 

Let us discuss each of these integrations individually, so our users can truly understand the full scope and functionality of this new integration.

An Overview of dinCloud’s Intuitive Cloud Portal – dinManage!

This video provides an overview of the User Interface, Features and Benefits of dinCloud’s in-house Cloud Orchestration and Management Portal called dinManage.

Templates and Product Management

Via dinAdmin, users will now be able to create products using the provided Azure templates. Upon initiation by the cloud tenant, this task will be performed by dinCloud’s backend team(s) on a priority basis.
Marketplace

Marketplace

Default products to dinServer Windows, dinServer Linux, and Hosted Virtual Desktop sections of the marketplace have been added by dinCloud’s development team, enabling Azure users to deploy them with utmost ease.

Product Provisioning

Users will still be able to choose the performance configurations / specifications of their preference, for their Virtual Servers or Virtual Machines (VMs). This has been made possible by mapping this feature with Ddsv4 Instance Types from Azure.

VM Management and Operations

Just like the Virtual Machines (VM) deployed via dinManage, users will be able to perform a host of operations on their VMs, such as Power Off, Power On, Restart, Remote Console, etc.

Monitoring and Alerts

The advanced monitoring and alerting capabilities of VMs deployed via dinManage have been extended to all the integrated Azure environments as well.

IT admins and users will be able to pre-define certain thresholds for the key elements of their VMs, such as memory, CPU, RAM and storage etc. Users will get email alerts as soon as the threshold for any defined element is reached.

In addition to defining threshold levels, users will also be able to automate few necessary actions, such as shutting down a VM, rebooting it, or using the recently introduced auto-scaling feature to increase the threshold levels.

Resources Utilization

dinManage Control Panel allows customers to directly and efficiently manage their Azure resources. Its automated provisioning system makes it cost and time-efficient to manage the entire environment from a single pane of glass.

This in turn improves both organizational efficiency and competitiveness. IT admins of enterprises have granular level visibility into their entire cloud environment, enabling them to identify any resource utilization gaps.

My Security

At dinCloud, security is of paramount importance, and this philosophy is not just limited to dinManage, but Azure environments integrated with dinManage as well.

With this in mind, the “My Security” section of dinManage has been mapped to Azure VNets ( Virtual Networks), Security Groups, and Public IPs services. Following are the features that have been fully integrated with Azure so far.

Users can now create networks; (VNet) and Sub-Networks (Subnets)

After this integration, the Azure Public IP can be used as a Public IP in dinManage

Each subnet with have its own Network Security Group (NSG), to open or close ports

There is a VNet Gateway for each network, streamlining VPN deployment

Reports

Among the key focus areas during the revamp of dinManage portal were advanced reporting and analytics. It was also a priority to make all such reports easy to comprehend, and actionable for both IT admins and users alike.

Post integration, users can now extract all the existing reports for Azure products as well. Now, it is also possible to extract complex data analytics, presented in easy-to-understand reports with graphics, maps, and charts.

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Activity Log

Enterprises will be able to avail a secure Azure cloud with logging user activity as per existing practices. Users can also view a detailed status and activity snapshot of any Azure VM, and may perform management operations.

This also helps in maintaining an audit trail of all the actions performed on different VMs by the internal and external users across the cloud environment, as practiced with other products. Users can investigate task failures and also analyze other incidents.

Without involving support, and with the powerful search feature, IT admins will now be able to track an incident and extract only the relevant records.

Users can also export and print VM monitoring logs in various formats, and also view the status of VM tasks with backend processing requirements, all within a floating Task Progress Bar that can be accessed via dinManage.

Core Benefits of Integrating Azure into dinManage

With the successful integration of Azure with dinManage, cloud environments that have been created over Azure can avail the full spectrum of features and capabilities that are the hallmarks of dinManage.

Some of those core benefits include:-

This recent integration of Azure-based cloud environments into dinManage will also streamline remote site operations, which are becoming more and more common in today’s business operations.

Speed of Service
Enhanced Flexibility
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Robust Disaster Recovery (DR)
Enhanced Security