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10 Best Practices for Azure Cloud IaaS Cost Optimization

Published: 13 February 2018

ID: G00343592

Analyst(s): Arun Chandrasekaran , Ron Blair

Summary

Underestimating the complexity associated with managing Azure cloud costs and myriad services and consumption options is likely to result in significant cost inefficiencies and budget challenges. I&O leaders should use the following best practices to successfully manage Azure deployments.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • No. 1 — Plan for Azure Cost Optimization to Be an Ongoing Process
  • No. 2 — Consider Purchase Commitments
  • No. 3 — Evaluate Your Options Before Adding New Workloads
  • No. 4 — Determine an Initial Baseline, Then Constantly Monitor and Rightsize
  • No. 5 — Institute Governance and Prevent Orphaned Resources and Overprovisioning
  • No. 6 — Invest in Your Cloud Cost Optimization Team
  • No. 7 — Invest in CSEM Capabilities
  • No. 8 — Optimize the Network
  • No. 9 — Rightsize Storage and Manage Data Life Cycle
  • No. 10 — Use Azure SQL Database, Azure Cloud Services, Azure Container Service and Azure Functions to Optimize Value and Costs
    • Azure SQL Database
    • Azure Cloud Services and App Services
    • Azure Container Service and Azure Functions

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