When many customers hear the term “Dev/Ops” for the first time, or “Automation”, they tend to tune out, or imagine a cubicle farm filled with developers grinding away in front of black screens with tiny green lines of text on them.
For those of us in the automation field, it’s been a self-reinforcing problem: marketers and sales folk tend to get shiny, attractive tools while the infrastructure experts are hobbled by user interfaces (and, ironically, help systems) designed almost intentionally to antagonize and frustrate. Microsoft made two huge changes to this world, one several years ago, and another that was just released this week.
First, the historical change was a move to centralize all sorts of automation under a single unified language and tool: Windows PowerShell. Begun years ago as Project Monad, Windows PowerShell has grown to encompass every dev/ops practician’s key tool for building, managing and architecting solutions in the Microsoft world. An incredible integrated development environment even allows for administrators and developers to work together (or become a single person), which makes finding a new tool, rather than an exercise in frustration, a joy.
And yes, it of course can be configured to appear as green text on a black background!
That brings us to the big announcement this week: Microsoft has taken the wraps off the new Azure portal for when dev/ops folks begin to build solutions for the cloud. The portal, however, is not merely targetting those folks (and this may explain the strong focus on user experience): it also helps those of us in Finance and the rest of the business who need to understand how Microsoft Azure is powering your organization and helping keep costs down.
The portal is imbued with a touch-friendly interface, plenty of customization options to build individual experiences, some irreverant details (at one point there’s a picture of an alien!) and
training and videos to help admins get up to speed. Individual components and subcomponents (e.g. a Azure website, in addition to a specific alert on that website) can be drilled into quite easily, and then pinned to help ensure that admins, dev/ops and billing folk can each see just the components they need.
If you haven’t used Microsoft Azure before the new portal will only make that journey much easier. For those of us using the existing portal, it has transformed a series of tasks into something more illuminating and enjoyable: it’s almost
fun to start exploring! Want assistance on this journey? Reach out to New Signature today to see how your organization can start taking advantage of the public cloud.