Cost management and optimization
When talking about cost optimization, consider it a modeling exercise where Azure resources get mapped to your organization (or across the levels of your organizational hierarchy). In order to estimate the cost in advance of deploying a workload, confirm the cost when running in development and production and monitor and stay on top of those costs. Finally (if that is how your organization works), apportion the costs to different parts of your organization.
Which questions to ask
- How are you modeling the costs?
If you want a recommendation here, it is to always model your infrastructure costs in the Azure calculator (as opposed to your own internal Excel sheet) because it will be easy to collaborate on them, the costs will be updated live, and you can easily export, change, or import them when needed. Staying in sync with your own custom Excel...