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Azure Cloud Adoption Framework Handbook

By : Sasa Kovacevic, Darren Dempsey
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Azure Cloud Adoption Framework Handbook

By: Sasa Kovacevic, Darren Dempsey

Overview of this book

You've heard about the benefits of the cloud and you want to get on board, but you’re not sure where to start, what services to use, or how to make sure your data is safe. Making the decision to move to the cloud can be daunting and it's easy to get overwhelmed, but if you're not careful, you can easily make mistakes that cost you time and money. Azure Cloud Adoption Framework Handbook is here to help. This guide will take you step-by-step through the process of making the switch to the Microsoft Azure cloud. You’ll learn everything from foundational cloud concepts and planning workload migration through to upskilling and organization transformation. As you advance, you’ll find out how to identify and align your business goals with the most suitable cloud technology options available. The chapters are designed in a way to enable you to plan for a smooth transition, while minimizing disruption to your day-to-day operations. You’ll also discover how the cloud can help drive innovation in your business or enable modern software development practices such as microservices and CI/CD. Throughout the chapters, you’ll see how decision makers can interact with other internal stakeholders to achieve success through the power of collaboration. By the end of this book, you’ll be more informed and less overwhelmed about moving your business to the cloud.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Part 1: The Why
Part 2: The Plan
Part 3: The Execution and Iteration

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

These are some of the important questions you need to ask, and some guidelines as answers.

  • 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...