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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 3: Monitoring Costs

In the previous chapters, we learned how to read, understand, and export cost details, as well as how to match your company's organization with how you want to see and charge Azure costs. Now, it's time to establish a solid monitoring process for your needs. This is the last step of preparing your cost governance process before you enforce saving policies and techniques, which we'll explore in the next chapter.

In this chapter, we will cover the following topics:

  • Learning about and using Azure budgets and alerts
  • Adopting Azure Cost Management Power BI
  • Defining and configuring automation scripts for cost control
  • Thinking about an architecture for a custom cost management tool

By the end of this chapter, you will be able to successfully monitor and control costs through dashboards and alerts regularly.