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The Road to Azure Cost Governance

By : Paola E. Annis, Giuliano Caglio
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The Road to Azure Cost Governance

By: Paola E. Annis, Giuliano Caglio

Overview of this book

Cloud teams and ICT cost controllers working with Azure will be able to put their knowledge to work with this practical guide, introducing a process model for structured cost governance. The Road to Azure Cost Governance is a must-read if you find yourself facing the harsh reality of monthly cloud costs gradually getting out of control. Starting with how resources are created and managed, everything you need to know in order to track, display, optimize, rightsize, and clean up cloud resources will be tackled with a workflow approach that will leave the choice of operation to you (be it the Azure CLI, automation, logic apps, or even custom code). Using real-world datasets, you'll learn everything from basic cost management to modeling your cloud spend across your technical resources in a sustainable way. The book will also show you how to create a recursive optimization process that will give you full control of spending and savings, while helping you reserve budget for future cloud projects and innovation. By the end of this Azure book, you'll have a clear understanding and control of your cloud spend along with knowledge of a number of cost-saving techniques used by companies around the world, application optimization patterns, and the carbon impact of your cloud infrastructure.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)
Section 1: Cloud Cost Management
Section 2: Cloud Cost Savings
Section 3: Cost- and Carbon-Aware Cloud Architectures


In this chapter, once we had covered every possible cost-saving implementation in terms of the infrastructure, we started analyzing our application catalog to understand how and why optimizing at the application level is sometimes the only way of bringing extra cost saving to your process.

We started with database tuning and optimization by providing an optimization plan template. Then, we looked at what technical debt is and how to understand, analyze, represent, and reduce it so that your application set is continuously enhanced and improved by keeping costs down. We discussed the importance of an APM tool, such as Azure Application Insights, not only to manage your application at a technical level but also to spot issues that may incur unexpected costs.

We then worked on a few practical examples, starting with an application where we moved the database to NAS (first IaaS, then PaaS), then migrated the database to PaaS, to increase efficiency and cost-effectiveness...