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Reliability is a shared responsibility
Achieve your organisation's reliability goals for all of your workloads by starting with the resilient foundation of the Azure cloud platform. Design and operate your mission-critical applications with confidence, knowing that you can trust your cloud because Azure prioritises transparency—always keeping you informed and able to act quickly during service issues.
If you're looking to optimise an existing application on Azure, get started with the Azure Well-Architected Framework, a set of guiding tenets across five core pillars: reliability, security, performance efficiency, cost optimisation, and operational excellence.
Start with a reliable foundation on Azure infrastructure
Learn about on-going Microsoft investments to maintain and improve cloud platform reliability in Azure CTO and Technical Fellow Mark Russinovich's Advancing Reliability blog series, including these four recent topics: network reliability through intelligent software, safe development with AIOps—introducing Gandalf, resiliency threat modelling for large distributed systems, and low- and no-impact maintenance.
The Microsoft network connects more than 60 Azure regions, 200 Azure datacentres, 190 edge sites, and over 175,000 miles of terrestrial and subsea fibre world-wide, which connects to the rest of the internet at strategic global edge points of presence. Learn more about Microsoft network reliability in this two-part blog post.
The continuous monitoring of health metrics is a fundamental part of the deployment process, and this is where AIOps plays a critical role. In this blog post, learn how AI and machine learning are used to empower DevOps engineers, monitor the Azure deployment process at scale, detect issues early, and make rollout or rollback decisions based on impact scope and severity.
Find out how Azure service engineering teams use “postmortems” as a tool for better understanding what went wrong, how it went wrong, and the customer impact of outages—and get insights into postmortem and resiliency threat modelling processes.
Learn about the no- and low-impact update technologies—including hot patching, memory-preserving maintenance, and live migration—that Azure uses to maintain its infrastructure with little or no customer impact or downtime.
Choose the right Azure resilience capabilities for your needs
Find out which Azure high availability, disaster recovery, and back up capabilities to use with your apps. Also, learn how to select the compute, storage, and geographic (local, zonal, and regional) redundancy options that are right for you.
Enable built-in resilience
Take advantage of optional Azure services and features to achieve your specific reliability goals.
Run critical workloads across datacentres with independent power, cooling, and networking.
Achieve redundancy within a datacentre by collocating or separating resources.
Implement automatic failover, optimise traffic, and combine on-premises and cloud systems.
Replicate on-premises and Azure workloads from a primary site to a secondary location.
Back up data with a simple, secure, and cost-effective recovery and restoration solution.
Create and store multiple copies of your data with redundancy options for any scenario.
Monitor your cloud so that it isn’t a black box
Ensure long-term reliability with monitoring tools to identify, diagnose, and track anomalies—and optimise your reliability and performance.
Systematically improve resilience with controlled chaos.
Identify resource issues and resolve them using a customisable dashboard.
Collect, analyse, and act on telemetry data from Azure and on-premises environments.
Get intelligent insights into app usage and diagnose anomalies.
Monitor, diagnose, and gain insights into network performance and health.
Optimise apps and systems for reliability with recommendations based on usage telemetry.
Reliability trusted by organisations of all sizes
ClearBank builds infrastructure resilience, customer trust, and competitive value
Tom Harris, Chief Technology Officer, ClearBank
"Ensuring end-to-end reliability and resiliency is a team effort. We get the tools from Azure, and we set up the systems and processes to put it all together."
Kodak Alaris boosts productivity by improving ERP resilience
– Joseph Calabrese, IT Operations Manager, Kodak Alaris
"The one thing I don't want is my CIO coming to me because there's a problem with our ERP. The truth is, it never happens anymore—it's a real testament to our ERP's reliability in Azure."
The University of Miami drives reliability with Microsoft Azure
Mari Lovo, Director, IT, Cloud Infrastructure Services, University of Miami
"Whenever we think of a solution, we think, 'How can we do this in the cloud versus on-premises?' It not only makes us more resilient, but more flexible and nimble as well."
Marie Curie provides more stable, reliable services
Ivan Delany, IT Director, Marie Curie
"In the last two and a half years, we've had one outage which has been due to cloud infrastructure failing. It just almost instantly gave us stability, space to breathe, enabled us to focus on bringing real value to the organization."
Juvare drives reliability and integrity for their incident platform
Bryan Kaplan, Chief Information Officer, Juvare
"We architected our solution to spread workloads across different availability zones and regions, to maintain both client requirements for geographic data residency but also to ensure that if one particular part of our infrastructure was having a problem, it reduced the blast radius."
GEP improved the reliability of its logistics platform
Nithin Prasad, Principal Engineer, GEP
"We use AKS or Azure Kubernetes Service inbuilt node pools...say your primary node pool is down, within the cluster you're automatically able to failover to the second availability zone."