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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

Aiming for scalable costs

Let's now learn how to organize the application infrastructure to be able to scale resources up and down, matching the real usage and not the original provisioning sizing.

In legacy IT infrastructure, scalability is typically defined as the ability of a program or application to keep running and working healthily when conditions change in traffic volumes and/or performances. Scalability can be divided up as follows:

  • Horizontal scaling: The program or application will add more compute instances to its architecture to make up for the increased volumes.
  • Vertical scaling: The currently allocated servers will have an increase in terms of the CPU, RAM, or storage.

The benefits of scalable applications are clear, especially within cloud infrastructures: by increasing and subsequently decreasing the capacity according to peak demand, not only can we address performance issues, but the application can also be hardened and can be reduced to...