Modern software systems running in the cloud are complex, and gaining visibility into the health and performance of your application-hosting environment across all of its layers of services is challenging. Fortunately, there are several solutions from Microsoft that can help you react quickly to outages, research intermittent issues, optimize your usage, and be proactive in handling future planned downtime.

Tailwind Traders, a traditional brick-and-mortar retailer, is now experiencing explosive growth by selling products online. The company is seeking to tighten and operationalize control of its cloud environment. It faces several challenges, from needing to optimize its cloud spend and security posture to tracking intermittent issues and planning ahead for upcoming outages. However, the company needs help with choosing the right product option for each of these scenarios.

In this module, you'll learn about the several Microsoft monitoring solutions, and you'll analyze decision criteria that experts use to select the right service for a specific scenario.

Learning objectives

After completing this module, you'll be able to:

  • Choose the cloud monitoring service that best addresses your company's business challenges.


  • Familiarity with basic computing concepts and terminology
  • Familiarity with cloud computing is helpful but not necessary