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Azure Portal vs SquaredUp: a 3-part series

Sameer Mhaisekar
SquaredUp, Technical Evangelist

How do SquaredUp's Azure dashboards stack up against those of the Azure portal?

Be it be on-premises or in Azure, monitoring your resources is extremely important.

Recently, we discussed Azure Monitor and its capabilities extensively in our Azure Monitor Learning Path blog series. There, we cover a huge breadth of topics, including a breakdown of what Azure monitor is, its components (Log Analytics and Application Insights), collecting data into Azure Monitor, working with the data using KQL, visualizing the data, and setting up alerting.

For now, we are going to revisit the data visualization part of the series – both for Log Analytics and Application Insights. If you’ve been working with Azure Monitor yourselves or following along on the AMLP series – you may have realized that data visualization in Azure Monitor can sometimes be very confusing and decentralized. You have to click through a lot of different wizards, select from the visualization options provided (queries/workbooks/dashboards, etc) and it is on the whole a time-consuming process.

This is where SquaredUp steps in and simplifies it all for you!

SquaredUp for Azure lets you create a bunch of different useful dashboards, very easily, and from a single console. SquaredUp for Azure also provides you some features that triumph over the native options available. But hey, don’t just take my word for it. Let me show you what I mean. ?

We’ll start by creating a few simple dashboards – first in Azure Monitor, then in SquaredUp for Azure. Then we will compare our overall experience in terms of ease of creation, time spent, data visualization options, shareability, etc. In the three parts of this series, we will make and compare dashboards for:

Part 1: VM Insights

Part 2: Application Insights

Part 3: Cost Management

Click on the links above to check them out!