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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


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.