We are currently working on changing the way alerts work in AzureWatch. At this time, Rules for a monitored resource, that trigger either Alerts or Management Actions are ALL evaluated together in a single loop. When a single Rule is evaluated to TRUE, all further evaluation of rules for that resource stops. This will be changing going forward. ALL rules that trigger alerts will be evaluated, regardless of their success or failure. Only rules that contain Management Actions will be evaluated to the first TRUE rule.
Furthermore, we will be adding the following two options to the Rule engine:
1) Ability to send ON/OFF notifications for Alerts. This means that when a condition for a Rule is TRUE, AzureWatch will send out an "Alert ON" alert and subsequently when the condition for a Rule no longer is true, AzureWatch will send out an "Alert OFF" alert.
2) Ability to trigger Rules (Alerts or Management Actions) only after a sustained period of time. This means that when a condition is TRUE, a particular Rule will not be immediately acted upon. Only if Rule's condition has been evaluated as TRUE for the specified period of time, will it trigger it's Alert or Management Action.
AzureWatch users can now receive notifications when changes are published to the Windows Azure Service Dashboard. Upon logging into AzureWatch portal, users can choose to subscribe to any of the Azure Service Dashboard feeds as shown in the screenshot below. This feature is available free of charge to active AzureWatch users.
We are excited to introduce a new AzureWatch feature: daily performance charts delivered via email to our users. This feature was requested rather frequently in the recent months, and we are happy to oblige. No action is required to enable this feature. Every active account (whether trial or paid) will automatically begin receiving daily reports free of charge.
We know that this new capability will provide AzureWatch users with greater insight into the performance of their applications running on top of the Windows Azure platform.
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