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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

Chapter 2: What Does Your Cloud Spending Look Like?

In the previous chapter, we laid out the basics of understanding your Azure cloud costs, how to use the pricing tool to understand each Meter Category, and how to read the cost analysis and export from the portal all the information relevant to your company. It is now time to associate the spending of your cloud services with the business stakes of your company and start thinking about how to reduce that spending to the minimum possible while guaranteeing the desired service levels, which is the equivalent of a cost optimization mindset.

We'll learn how to deal with the following:

  • Defining cost constraints
  • Aiming for scalable costs
  • Paying for consumption
  • Reviewing the subscription hierarchy and management groups
  • Understanding cost optimization automation and policies

Upon completion of this chapter, you will have all the tools and guidelines to successfully aim for structured cost governance...