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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


In this chapter, we learned how to automate most of our billing and cost control information by using scheduled exports, Azure Advisor, Azure Budgets, and Azure Alerts. We explored using the pre-packaged Power BI app for cost management and learned how powerful Azure Automation can be for cost governance. Finally, we learned how to think of a customized tool that can be tailored to our company's needs. Laying out a custom cost management tool is the foundation of a cost-saving strategy, as we'll explore in the next chapter.

You now know how to read, interpret, extract, and monitor your cloud costs, and can create a governance tool. The next few chapters will dive deeper into every cost-saving option so that your full cost governance process can make the most out of all the possible saving techniques.