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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

Sample logic for cost control

As you may have guessed in the previous sections, right-sizing can be overwhelming when dealing with large complex organizations and/or projects. In addition, there isn't a one-for-all approach that, once applied, saves you tons of money with little effort.

Of course, policies help to maintain control, but you need to adapt Azure resource SKUs to your workload demand, and this cannot be achieved with a static, one-time-only action. In this section, you'll understand some basic principles that may help automate tasks to control costs using AZ CLI commands, but you are free to implement them as you prefer.

Understanding what you need to control

Usually, in your cloud infrastructure, you have a lot of different objects, but don't necessarily have to create automation: some objects may simply not need intervention. So, let's start posing some questions about your workload demands that, indeed, need attention, with sample answers...