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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

Cleaning up the cloud resources

Another important part of cloud cost saving is the cleanup operation. When dealing with a large number of workloads or complex projects, lots of resources are created just as a transitional step and are often forgotten about and paid for. In this section, we'll learn how to identify and clean up all the unused and unattached resources in your virtual data center.

Cleaning up unused items, as a first approach, represents one of the short-term, quick-win techniques for cost-saving. But, on the other hand, if they're inserted into a recurring process, this will help you uncover any unassigned or unutilized infrastructure (with operational downfalls) and, in general, uncover the gaps in your operational processes that might need extra effort and have a wider impact than costs. In addition, you should plan to periodically assess the evolution of your infrastructure for any ghost resources that may have been left unassigned and unused.