In the world of monitoring, there are many choices. It gets harder to make a choice when there are multiple tools that perform the same or overlapping functionality. I know, I gave a presentation on Azure Monitoring: What are the options and how do I use them?

The topic in this article series is specifically around metrics, and how there is an overlap between Azure Log Analytics (LA), and the Azure Metrics feature.

We will start by looking at Log Analytics and the type of data that can be collected in that platform. We will then contrast that with Azure Metrics, and then finally, wrap things up with a side-by-side comparison.

Let’s start with the first part, on Log Analytics.