Article Managed Services December 22, 2020

Azure Expert MSP Verification Audit Checklist

Our Azure Expert MSP Verification Audit Checklist Mapping is designed to provide CloudCheckr partners with a practical means to validate the functional and operational benefits of CloudCheckr when measured against the Azure Expert MSP evaluation metrics.

This validation checklist mapping is meant to respond to the latest version of the Azure Expert MSP Verification Audit Checklist which was released in the Spring of 2020. By definition, the Azure controls are subject to interpretation and revision. This mapping should be used, in conjunction with specific use-case knowledge, to fulfill the listed controls in the manner indicated. Our matrix reflects the most recent program criteria, with improvements focused on raising the bar for both MSP Partner and Azure customer experiences.

1.0 Business Health and Managed Service Focus
1.3 Thought Leadership
How CloudCheckr Helps

CloudCheckr offers partners numerous opportunities to participate in and gain exposure from Blog Articles, Joint Webinars, Case Studies, Conference Presentations, Videos and more.

1.0 Business Health and Managed Service Focus
1.6 Sales Support Materials
How CloudCheckr Helps

CloudCheckr provides an online Partner Center with generic collateral ready to be private labeled with MSP’s logo and name.

2.0 Microsoft Services
2.2 Application Modernization / Reduced TCO
How CloudCheckr Helps

The CloudCheckr solution includes Cost Optimization Reports and Utilization Recommendations to increase utilization of VMs and reduce costs.

3.0 Assessment and Design
3.1 Details of the system performance, capacity management, and availability measurement
How CloudCheckr Helps

The CloudCheckr app offers reports and recommendations for capacity and availability and Security including Best Practice Checks, Change Monitoring logs and alert integrations.

3.0 Assessment and Design
3.2 Partner must have a methodology to assess customer security policies.
How CloudCheckr Helps

CloudCheckr has dozens of Security Best Practice Checks with recommendations and alerts, above and beyond Azure Security Center.

4.0 Build and Migration
4.12 High Availability & Resilient Infrastructure
How CloudCheckr Helps

CloudCheckr’s Availability Best Practice Checks to ensure use of multiple Availability Zones and use of Load Balancers and healthy VMs.

5.0 Cloud Operations and Service Management
5.6 Personnel Training
How CloudCheckr Helps

CloudCheckr has an LMS (Learning Management System) in place and it is available to CloudCheckr MSPs.

5.0 Cloud Operations and Service Management
5.9 Non-Microsoft Tools for Workloads Support
How CloudCheckr Helps

CloudCheckr is a SaaS offering that offers Cloud Management of runtime workloads on Azure.

5.0 Cloud Operations and Service Management
5.10 Event Management Process
How CloudCheckr Helps

CloudCheckr Alerts / Events can trigger numerous integrations including Email, PagerDuty, Slack, Jira and ServiceNow.

5.0 Cloud Operations and Service Management
5.13 Asset Management
How CloudCheckr Helps

CloudCheckr provides Inventory reports which can be filtered via Advanced Grouping and Pivot Explorer.

5.0 Cloud Operations and Service Management
5.14 Security Event Management
How CloudCheckr Helps

CloudCheckr Security Alerts / Events can trigger numerous integrations including Email, PagerDuty, Slack, Jira and ServiceNow.

5.0 Cloud Operations and Service Management
5.16 Integrated Monitoring Tools
How CloudCheckr Helps

CloudCheckr is a SaaS offering that offers cloud monitoring of Azure infrastructure and services.

5.0 Cloud Operations and Service Management
5.17 Security Management Tools
How CloudCheckr Helps

CloudCheckr provides security analysis of Infrastructure, supports Multi-Factor Authentication and Single-Sign-On.

5.0 Cloud Operations and Service Management
5.18 Third Party Service Providers
How CloudCheckr Helps

CloudCheckr’s performance / SLA and Data Security Standards are documented publicly at https://trust.cloudcheckr.com/ and https://cloudcheckr.com/data-security/

5.0 Cloud Operations and Service Management
5.20 Automated Cloud Management Platform (CMP)
How CloudCheckr Helps

CloudCheckr is the leading independent Cloud Management Platform, delivering Consumption Monitoring and Metering including Invoicing for ChargeBack, ShowBack, Resource Utilization Optimization, Access Management.

5.0 Consumption Monitoring and Metering
5.20.4 Base-level monitoring and metering functionality
How CloudCheckr Helps

CloudCheckr delivers Consumption Monitoring and Metering including Invoicing for ChargeBack/ShowBack, Advanced Grouping reports and Pivot Explorer—to provide interactive analysis of costs and usage. These features all provide filtering by resource and subscription/tenant.

5.0 Resource Utilization Optimization
5.20.5 Managing and automating efficient operational use of the infrastructure footprint
How CloudCheckr Helps

CloudCheckr provides Resource Utilization Optimization with a Cost Savings report; dozens of Best Practice Checks for Cost and Usage; Right Sizing for VMs, App Service Plans and SQL Databases; and Reserved Instance Recommendations.

5.0 Access Management
5.20.6 Sign-on, user access and control management (both for end customer user and MSP user)
How CloudCheckr Helps

CloudCheckr’s Access Management capabilities restrict navigation and capabilities according to Role-Based Access Control and Least Privilege mechanism. Our permissions are incredibly granular, allowing users to limit access based on accounts, modules, and individual features within the platform. Single-Sign-On is also supported (any SAML 2.0 provider).

5.0 Service-Level Management & Monitoring
5.20.7 Includes end-to-end monitoring of an application/solution environment
How CloudCheckr Helps

CloudCheckr provides Change Monitoring Logging and resource change Alerts with notification integrations for ServiceNow, PagerDuty, Slack, Email, Jira and more.

6.0 Security and Governance
6.4 Account Credential Management
How CloudCheckr Helps

CloudCheckr leverages RBAC (Role-Based Access Control) and Single Sign On as desired.

7.0 Cloud SLAs, Customer Satisfaction, and Cost Optimization
7.5 Cost Optimization
How CloudCheckr Helps

CloudCheckr’s Cost Savings reports, Reserved Instance Recommendations, and Best Practice Checks identify cost optimization opportunities for the customer and partner.

7.0 Cloud SLAs, Customer Satisfaction, and Cost Optimization
7.6 Workload Optimization Tools
How CloudCheckr Helps

CloudCheckr’s Right Sizing reports identify instances and SQL databases and App Service Plans that should be increased or decreased in size for an optimized Azure environment.

8.0 Continual Improvement and Process Optimization
8.2 Data Collection and Analysis Records Management
How CloudCheckr Helps

Nearly all of CloudCheckr reports can be preserved for as long as seven years, in Read-Only, Audit-friendly format. CloudCheckr’s SnapBack™ feature enables the auditor to go back in time, up to seven years, to see a report as it existed on that date.

CloudCheckr empowers certified MSPs, CSPs, Resellers, System Integrators, and Advanced Consulting Partners worldwide to run their cloud as a business. The CloudCheckr cloud management platform (CMP) unifies cost, security, and governance for multi-cloud deployments. Partners of all sizes trust us to manage and optimize public cloud environments so they can effectively grow their practice, increase profitability, improve business operations and confidently meet the expectations of third-party validation audits for next-generation partners.

Upon completion of the registration process and setting up of the necessary credentials and permissions, CloudCheckr will load valuable partner information about who is spending money in the cloud, what services are being used, how are these services being used, how are security controls being implemented, where are potential configuration vulnerabilities or concerning activities, and what has been the history of my usage, costs, configurations, and controls.

 

Contact your partner development manager or sales@cloudcheckr.com to learn more!

 

 

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