Governance Framework for Microsoft Azure

Implementing a Governance Framework for Microsoft Azure

Governance Framework Implementation for Microsoft Azure

Step 1

The Azure introduction framework 

  • Understanding of Microsoft Azure 
  • Understanding of Azure Auto manage. 
  • Understanding of Azure Purview 
  • Understanding of Azure Synapse analytics, Azure Migrate, Azure Arc 
  • Understanding of other Azure services 
  • Understanding of Azure Regions, data centers, networks, virtualization, etc 
  • Understanding of dashboarding, reporting, and analysis measures of Azure 
  • Understanding of Azure billing mechanisms, accounts, subscriptions, licensing, EA enrolments, hard/ soft service limits, etc 

Step 2

Building the account and billing hierarchy along with setting up of Master accounts 

  • Build organization hierarchy and account management protocols on Azure 

Enterprise → Department(s) → Account(s) → Subscription(s) → Resource Group(s) 

  • Assign privileged roles to on-premise accounts 
  • Safely store privileged account credentials 
  • Define the geographic hierarchy of accounts 

Entire Org (Enterprise) → Region such as North America or Colorado (Department) → Account Owner within that geographic region (Account) → Individual Projects (subscription) 

  • Understand and implement resource groups, build subscriptions, build management groups, etc 
  • Partner with the third party for managed Azure services and carrying out necessary configurations and integrations 
  • Drive DevOps adoption through hierarchies 

Step 3

Implement Azure RBAC (Role-based Access Controls) and Azure resource policies 

  • Use RBAC permissions to allow management of VMs, Virtual networks, SQL databases 
  • Use RBAC to allow applications to access resources in the resource group 
  • Use Azure resource manager templates for assigning Azure roles and enabling deployment 
  • Leverage Azure RBAC permissions to control deployments 
  • Lock subscription, resource group, or resource for your critical assets 
  • Implement organizational policies by leveraging resource group policies 

Step 4

Tagging of your Azure Assets 

  • Implement tagging of your Azure assets 
  • Access, export, filter, validate and employ analytics for audit logs 
  • Validate the auditing process and enable alerting  
  • Implement Azure audit tools along with third-party tools for auditing costs 

Step 5

Draw out Virtual network strategy 

Plan a virtual network strategy for azure, including plans for traffic routing, traffic filtering, peering, permission controls for virtual networks, service endpoints, subnets, network interfaces, application, and network security groups, etc 

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