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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


In this chapter, we learned how to understand the reservation process and calculate whether it is worth reserving, what decisions are required before making a reservation order, and how to successfully track your reservation usage.

We also learned how to make proper changes and cancelations when the usage is too far from the optimum (which should ideally be around 99.99%). This will provide the best possible impact on your reservation and make this operation a clear and structured process that you can share with your finance controller. This is critical, especially in companies where you need to chargeback cloud costs and have a dedicated financial controller dealing with cloud costs.

Once you are done with right-sizing, cleaning up, and reservations, the only other way of saving money is to optimize your applications, for them to consume fewer resources and spend less. This is the main topic of the next chapter: having learned how to optimize your infrastructure&apos...