This chapter started with a brief overview of the principles for FinOps: financial operations in cloud or cloud financial management. We studied how we can provision resources to the various clouds and next learned how we can track costs that are related to these resources. Before we can track resources, view the associated costs, and validate invoices, we must understand how cost management works in the clouds. We discussed the cost tools in Azure, AWS, GCP, Alibaba Cloud and OCI. All these providers offer comprehensive toolsets to provision and identify resources from their respective management consoles. However, we must understand some generic principles such as license agreements and tagging.
In this chapter we discussed the foundation of FinOps. In the next chapter we will elaborate on how organizations can implement and develop cloud financial management including the set-up of a FinOps practice, using the FinOps Maturity Model.