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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 6: Planning for Cost Savings – Reservations

In the previous chapter, we learned about getting rid of unused or ghost resources and right-sizing cloud objects to their requirements. This was a prerequisite for this chapter, where we will learn how to set up a governance process to handle reservations, from understanding the billing and pricing model to successfully driving a full capacity strategy for reserved services.

We will learn about privileges, actual versus amortized views, and using a workflow for execution. We will learn what to do when usage is not optimal and understand the financial implications of reservations, as well as how to deal with repetitive changes due to the fluid nature of cloud workloads.

The following topics will be covered in this chapter:

  • What happens when a resource is reserved?
  • Reservation utilization
  • Dealing with changes and cancellations

After reading this chapter, you will be finally ready to make your reservations...