Microsoft launches Azure Lighthouse

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Customers are increasingly looking for partners who have expertise in Microsoft Azure services to help them bring automation, management, and greater scalability to their cloud operations.

In response to this, Microsoft has this week announced the general availability of Azure Lighthouse, a single control plane that enables you to view and manage Azure at scale across all your customers.

The platform will allow for cross tenant management of customer estates with greater visibility and control, allowing you to service more customers, larger workloads, and most mission critical apps with precision.

Enabling higher automation across the lifecycle of managing customers – from patching to log analysis, policy, configuration, and compliance – Azure Lighthouse brings scale and precision together for partners at no additional across all licensing models, including enterprise agreement (EA), cloud solution provider (CSP), and pay-as-you-go.

Azure Lighthouse will enable you as a partner to monitor virtual machine (VM) resource health across hundreds of customers in a single view inside Azure portal. You can create, update and resize Azure resources of multiple customers with an API call, without having to cycle through multiple access tokens and identities. In addition you won’t have to switch context across customers to view all alerts from a single environment.

Azure Lighthouse is powered by the Azure delegated resource management capability of Azure Resource Manager foundation. Through a logical projection of customer resources onto a service provider’s tenant context, it unlocks multiple customer, cross-tenant views and operations.

Customers and partners decide on the precise scope of the projection, as well as the role-based access desired.

Azure Lighthouse capabilities are served both natively and through API integration into partner cloud management portals or partner applications such as monitoring and IT service management.

Additionally, you can onboard new customers via public or private managed services offers on Azure marketplace or using Azure Resource Manager templates. With a repository of extensibility and automation templates on GitHub, partners have a range of options with Azure Lighthouse.

Plus, thanks to a built-in activation of Partner Admin Link, managed services partners using Azure Lighthouse can participate in partner rewards and incentives.

Visit our dedicated site for more announcements from Inspire 2019, or check out the Vuzion eBook, Microsoft Azure First Conversation Guide to start your customers on their cloud journey.

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