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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

Demand shaping and shifting

We have learned that one of the principles of sustainable software engineering is demand shifting and demand shaping. Haven't we seen this before? Yes—we learned how to perform demand shaping from a cost-perspective point of view in Chapter 4, Planning for Cost Savings – Right Sizing, under the Sample logic for cost control section; so, let's see if this can also be applied to carbon efficiency.

Demand shaping

Demand shaping can and should be applied to change the culture and perception that end users have toward applications. For example, when we publish a website with lots of graphics and images, we could offer a lighter version of the website or interface to end users by providing a green Button option (see Figure 8.1) that will allow energy (and carbon) saving.

Another common option is to target the top 2 to 5 most used features and package them as the basic green version, leaving the full version to the choice of users...