In this chapter, we have worked on how Azure bills consumption on several different services in order to understand the invoice at the end of the month. We started with defining what the possible billing types are, then proceeded to the Azure pricing online page, which allows you to foresee and understand how each service is billed and charged. We learned how to price a few key services: VMs, App Service, Cosmos DB, and Azure Functions, which all have very different policies and frequencies of billing.
We then moved to the Azure portal Cost Management section and provided a few useful views that can give you relevant information, and learned how to export the preferred views in the possible formats. We considered API options as a source of billing information, although this book will be focused primarily on the information available through the Azure portal.
In the next chapter, we will focus on how you intend to manage cloud costs and how this can be configured and automated with the available Azure tools.