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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

Reviewing the Azure portal for cost management

This section will guide you through the Azure portal's Cost Management + Billing section. The first thing to know is that billing is reflected with up to 24 hours' lag in the portal, which means that the spending displayed on the portal has roughly a 1-day delay.

When you open the Cost Management + Billing page, you are prompted with Billing scopes, Cost Management, and management groups links. When you click on the Cost Management link, you are prompted with the menu shown in the following screenshot (at the time of writing, there were a few interesting pages in the Azure portal's Cost Management section):

Figure 1.17 – The Azure portal Cost Management view pane

Figure 1.17 – The Azure portal Cost Management view pane

The Azure portal Cost Management section features a few very useful pages that will allow you to review billing and charges for the subscriptions and agreements where you have the correct privileges (either Owner, Contributor, Reader, or any custom role with access to costs). For partner agreements, you might need to ask your reseller to grant you access to download the billing information for you.

Azure customers with an Azure EA, MCA, or MPA may view and download their pricing in the Azure portal. Depending on the policies set for your organization by the Enterprise admin, only certain administrative roles provide access to your organization's EA pricing information. If you have an MCA, you must be the billing profile owner, contributor, reader, or invoice manager to view and download pricing. If you have an MPA, you must have the Global Admin and Admin Agent role in the partner organization to view and download pricing.