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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

So, you're doing cloud—now what?

The public cloud is becoming a mainstream technology staple for every modern company, and most customers have large, skilled, and experienced information technology (IT) teams that are converting from managing on-premises resources to hybrid or pure cloud.

One of the most neglected aspects of public clouds, from an IT department's point of view, is how to deal with recurrent, granular, and detailed cloud costs that are in no way associated with the old purchase process of on-premises resources and require technical skills to be fully understood.

Migrating entire data centers to the cloud is not the arrival point: it is, in fact, only the starting point of a journey toward a pay-as-you-go model, where technology changes along with mentality, ways of working (think of development-operations, more commonly known as DevOps), and flexibility all have a direct, daily, mutable impact on your IT spend, unlike anything you have ever managed before. The shift from capital expenditures (CapEx) on-premises to operational expenditures (OpEx) on the cloud is a major game-changer for every company, and—specifically—per meter billing is a challenge when moving from a fixed cost pattern to a variable and more fluid cost.

This chapter is dedicated to how Azure bills services and cloud objects, and how to retrieve all the necessary information to then proceed with the next step, which is choosing your own cloud spending strategy. The goal is for you to fully understand cloud billing and all its implications, from technical to financial.