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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

What happens when a resource is reserved?

Since Azure Reservations first became available a few years ago, it has quickly become a fast and easy way for customers to save money, with a time commitment of up to 3 years of usage. Depending on the type of resource, its model, and the commitment duration, the discounts can go as high as 72% (for example, on a 3-year reservation of an M-sized virtual machine (VM)). This can significantly cut costs and represent the first quick win of any cost management governance process.

On the other hand, customers who have embraced the cloud paradigm of fluid and ever-changing resource consumptions are always a bit wary of committing to a specific resource for many months. When a resource is reserved, there is nothing static about it: it is simply a billing discount that is booked in advance with the condition of spending the amount of money that the reservation is entitled to.

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