Without the right knowledge or enough experience, it is very easy for a business to overspend when using and/or implementing an Azure solution. With several years of experience under our belt at Venture 1 Consulting, we’ve put together our top tips and tricks for how you can reduce your Azure expenditure.
If you are in the process of planning or preparing to move towards Azure, it’s essential that you use the pricing calculator available to you for free via Microsoft themselves. This will provide you with an estimate of how much it will cost before creating an Azure resource. This can be found within the Azure portal.
Billing Alerts can also be set up to make sure you’re not exceeding your monthly budget on Azure spending. You can set a limit and time period which means that when you’re about to exceed your budget, you will receive a warning email. To learn more on how to set up billing alerts, click HERE for a step-by-step guide on how to do this.
Azure Dashboards are a great way to see an overview of what you are using in Azure. From usage amounts, to time spent, there are many different views that can be created to meet your business needs. One dashboard that is often utilised by users is a cost dashboard whereby you can manage and see where money is being spent across the whole of Azure. To do this, you have to divide the resources by subscriptions that define cost areas and then you can easily compare and detect deviations.
You may be aware that Azure offers many different extras to improve and adjust its use to fit business needs. However, with these extras, there’s also a price to pay. Many users make the mistake of adding all the extras they believe their business needs when first setting up Azure that results in it costing more than necessary and also not using some of the added extras when Azure is live. The net result of this is that in the long run, they waste money. What users should be doing is setting up a basic service first and then thinking afterwards about what possible extras the business needs.
Let us know in the comments below of your own top tips to help reduce Cloud expenditure and if you’d like to know more about how Venture 1 could help you, or ask us any questions on a topic of your choice, please give us a call, or send us an email today and we’d be more than happy to have a chat!