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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

Thinking about an architecture for a custom cost management tool

As we mentioned previously, when addressing automation scripts, all the automation and scripting will lead to you needing a unique tool where you can store and retrieve all your Azure cost information and make customized aggregations and elaborations that are different from the out-of-the-box dashboards provided by Azure.

Many third-party tools can fit this need, and we encourage you to discover them all and understand how they are programmed and if they match what your cost governance idea is.

Another way of dealing with this is to create a tool. This will give you a deeper knowledge about how Azure bills its resource usage, opening your mind to a new way of optimizing costs and helping figure out any hidden costs.

A cost management tool is composed of the following components:

  • A database for storing and elaborating on cost information
  • Automation scripts for exporting billing information from Azure...