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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 4: Planning for Cost Savings – Right-Sizing

In the previous chapters, we have provided all the relevant elements to be able to understand, export, analyze, and monitor your Azure cloud costs. It is now time to learn how to save money by identifying all the possible actions that can reduce your spending, while still leaving a good balance between the performance and reliability of your applications.

This is the first chapter dedicated to cost saving, and it starts, as mentioned often in the first three chapters, with changing the long-used information technology (IT) culture of overallocating servers to a strict, Lean, and Agile mentality of using just the right amount of resources.

We will learn how to tackle right-sizing for virtual machine (VM), storage, and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) services, and then prepare internal policies for on/off and on-demand automation. Lastly, we'll finish this chapter with a non-exhaustive list of logic and workflows to help...