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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

Defining and configuring automation scripts for cost control

Azure automation scripts are a key element of every governance process, including cost governance. Automation runbooks can be scripted with the Azure graphical interface, PowerShell, and Python. For editing, we encourage you to read the documentation and choose something according to each advantage and limitation (

Important Note:

Azure Automation can work on Azure, on-premises, and other cloud providers (for example, AWS) to automate tasks. Specific permissions are needed to securely access these cloud resources using the least privilege rule.

You can find detailed information in the official documentation at, and tons of pre-created runbooks on the official GitHub repository at, but the key elements you need to know about automation scripts...