Azure Cost Management

 

Microsoft Azure helps businesses to control and optimize their infrastructure spending. Azure users can deploy infrastructure and services only when they are needed. They can delete infrastructure that is no longer required. And they can monitor resource use to ensure that cloud costs reflect the business’s infrastructure needs.

 

But many businesses struggle to manage cloud costs effectively. There are two significant causes of spiraling cloud costs: the underutilization of deployed infrastructure and inadequate monitoring of resource use.

 

Azure provides the low-level management and monitoring tools businesses need for cloud cost control, but without a clear cost-control plan, cloud cost management expertise, and a monitoring and alerts strategy that provides actionable information, it’s all too easy for cloud costs to get out of control.

 

Azure Cost Management With VIAcode

 

VIAcode works with enterprise organizations, helping them to take control of cloud costs on Microsoft Azure. Our team of Azure infrastructure and development experts will work with your organization to ensure that Azure infrastructure spending is optimized and on budget.

 

Our cloud cost management services include:

  • Comprehensive assessments of current spending to identify opportunities for cost reduction.
  • The implementation of monitoring and reporting to give clients a realistic picture of their Azure resource usage.
  • Identifying where resources are underutilized and where they could be used more efficiently.
  • Developing cloud cost management policies and processes.
  • Aligning resource deployments with the real-world requirements of your applications.

 

To get a free Azure Optimization Assessment and learn more about Azure cost management, contact us today for a free initial consultation.

 

 

 


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The Hidden Costs Of Ignoring Cloud Optimization

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Microsoft Azure is a flexible cloud platform that gives businesses access to an incredible array of infrastructure and services. They can deploy any amount of infrastructure in any combination at any time. If a business has an infrastructure challenge, Azure has a solution, whether as a general infrastructure service like Azure Virtual Machines or a more specialized service like Azure’s machine learning and AI tools.

That flexibility is an undeniable positive, but it is not without challenges of its own. Deploying infrastructure is easy, but it is not so straightforward to ensure that it is the right infrastructure at the right size and that a business’s infrastructure budget is spent productively.

Once a business decides to use Azure and has servers and data hosted on the platform, it should embark on a process of cloud optimization.

What Is Cloud Optimization?

Cloud optimization is the process of managing cloud infrastructure to reduce costs, increase transparency, and enhance security. It is a three-part process that involves:

  • Assessing the business’s present and future cloud infrastructure requirements.
  • Assessing and monitoring cloud deployments to develop an understanding of how the business uses the cloud.
  • Bringing cloud deployments in line with requirements to ensure that resources are not underutilized and that the business gets the best possible return on its investment.

Cloud optimization is difficult for businesses that don’t fully understand the range of Azure services available to them and the associated pricing models.

The Hidden Costs Of Unoptimized Azure Infrastructure

Ad-hoc cloud deployments that lack oversight, transparency, and enforced policies incur multiple costs.

Financial Costs

The most obvious cost is financial: the business pays more for infrastructure than it needs to. A significant cause of overspending is the failure to rightsize infrastructure. Many companies pay for resources they aren’t using because they are unaware of which infrastructure they have deployed. One of the first goals of a cloud optimization audit is to discover and fix underutilization.

Another common cause of overspending is a failure to understand the potential cost savings that are available on Azure. For example, Azure Reserved Instances are substantially less expensive than on-demand instances. Additionally, Microsoft schemes like Azure Hybrid Benefit can reduce cloud services costs by over 40 percent for eligible users.

Performance Costs

Rightsizing works in both directions: over-utilized infrastructure is a factor in poor performance. Performance issues can be among the most challenging to diagnose because the problem may be transient or caused by configuration and deployment errors that are difficult to pin down. The implementation of a robust monitoring system using Azure’s built-in monitoring and analytics tools is an essential step in the cloud optimization processes; without insight into your infrastructure, optimization is practically impossible.

Security Costs

Are you using Azure’s security tools to their best effect? Azure brings a range of security services to the table, including Security Center, Key Vault, Information Protection, Active Directory, and more. A thorough cloud-optimization audit can reveal opportunities to take advantage of these services and protect your business’s data and virtual machines.

Contact us today to request a free Azure Optimization Assessment that will provide the information you need to optimize cloud spending, identify performance issues, and enhance security.

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What Is Azure Cost Optimization?

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Azure cost optimization is the process of assessing an organization’s infrastructure needs, the infrastructure it has deployed, and its current cloud costs. The goal is to ensure that the organization isn’t spending more on its infrastructure than necessary by aligning cloud resource use with its business needs. Well-optimized Azure cloud infrastructure deployments minimize waste, maximize utilization, and take advantage of platform features that help eliminate needless spending.

When businesses first adopt Azure, they are typically more concerned with achieving a seamless migration and avoiding service disruptions. As they become more familiar with what Azure can do for them, their reliance on Azure infrastructure and services increases. Eventually, they may find that their Azure infrastructure bills are bigger than they expected.

A cost-optimized infrastructure deployment on Azure is almost always less expensive than equivalent colocated or leased servers. However, the ease with which cloud infrastructure can be deployed and a lack of platform familiarity can lead to spiraling costs as the business uses more infrastructure, particularly when there are no processes in place to govern spending.

Azure-cost optimization involves an in-depth assessment of the infrastructure used to determine how much an organization should be spending. The assessment phase is followed by planning and the implementation of spending controls using Azure-native and third-party tools. Finally, effective infrastructure monitoring systems are deployed, providing the information an organization needs to monitor its cloud utilization and spending.

Optimizing Costs On Microsoft Azure

Azure includes several tools and plans that help businesses to understand and manage cloud infrastructure spending. They include:

  • Azure Cost Management, which is based on the Cloudyn service that was acquired by Microsoft. Azure Cost Management helps businesses to analyze and manage cloud usage and costs. It can also make compute and reserved infrastructure suggestions to reduce costs.
  • Right-sizing VMs. One of the key benefits of cloud infrastructure is elasticity. It can be scaled up and down to meet the needs of the user. However, many businesses face challenges with underutilization because they fail to monitor which virtual servers they have deployed and the resources that are dedicated to them.
  • Reserved instances. Leveraging reserved compute resources can save businesses up to 72 percent on on-demand infrastructure prices. One of the biggest causes of cloud overspending is the failure to use reserved instances.
  • Azure Hybrid Benefit. Microsoft offers several potential cost savings for Microsoft Windows Server and SQL Server license holders when they migrate to Azure through the Azure Hybrid Benefit scheme. They include reduced compute costs, the ability to use existing licenses on Azure, and extended free security updates.

The Challenges Of Azure Cost Optimization

Azure is a complex platform, and to optimize spending, it is essential to have a good understanding of the available options, how they interact, and how they can be used to reduce costs while meeting the infrastructure requirements of the business. It can be challenging for businesses without deep Azure expertise to achieve optimal cost efficiency.

VIAcode’s team of Azure infrastructure experts and developers know the platform inside and out. We can assess your infrastructure needs, create a comprehensive optimization plan, and help you save money on Azure.To get started with a free Azure Optimization Assessment, contact us today.

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Optimize Infrastructure Management with Microsoft Operations Management Suite

Microsoft’s Operations Management Suite brings together a collection of cloud-based services that help businesses to monitor and manage their on-premise and cloud infrastructure in one place.

Monitoring solutions such as System Center Operations Management (SCOM) and Azure Monitor offer complex and powerful functionality, and Azure provides numerous intuitive management interfaces. However, it can be challenging to keep track of the tools and platforms that administrators and DevOps teams need to monitor and manage the health of servers and applications in multiple locations.

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