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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

Learning about and using Azure budgets and alerts

In this section, we'll learn how to view, export, configure, and automate how to handle billing data for budgeting and alerting purposes.

Azure Advisor

A good starting place for cost governance and optimization is the Azure Advisor Costs section. Azure Advisor is a sort of assistant that will analyze your current Azure subscription(s) and come up with smart suggestions on many topics, including cost, performance, reliability, and security. This information is automatically calculated and loaded for you in a friendly dashboard, and you can create alert rules based on Advisor's suggestions.

Important Note:

It takes a few days for Advisor to refresh cost information, so when you make changes, you might find that they are reflected in the tool with some lag.

Later in this book, we will learn how to make the most out of it. For now, the relevant part is that the information coming from Advisor can be automated by...