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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

Measuring and fostering sustainability

Now that we have learned what sustainable software engineering is, let's try to design a roadmap for carbon governance, just as we did with costs. Let's start with measuring our carbon impact, which we'll learn about in the next section.

The Microsoft Emissions Impact Dashboard

The first thing to do before any action is to be able to measure carbon efficiency. This is sometimes hard—for example, when you have hybrid applications—but if your workloads are all in Azure, then we have a dashboard that will help us out.

The Emissions Impact Dashboard is a free app that can be downloaded at, provided you have Power BI Pro licenses and a valid billing contract (Enterprise Agreement (EA), Microsoft Customer Agreement, or Cloud Solution Provider (CSP)). This will provide a view of your company's usage of cloud carbon emissions based on...