Twan Koot is a Microsoft Azure Cloud-architect at Ordina, frequently speaking on Azure performance, cost computation, and online conferences. His expertise and passion for Azure make him a sought-after voice in the Azure community.
Tips and best practices for Azure Cost Optimization
Utilize Azure Advisory for Azure Cost Optimization
The Azure Advisory provides insights based on rules to identify unused services.
It’s a rule-based system which detects unused services or computing
The Azure Advisory advises reducing or shutting down underutilized resources like Virtual Machines
It aids in the comprehension of the expenses and savings connected with each service
Understand and Monitor Usage Patterns for Effective Azure Cost Optimization
Be aware that cloud costs are not just about usage but also about the efficient allocation of resources
Monitor the usage patterns of your applications
Scale down or shut down resources during off-peak times
Embrace Cloud-Native Development for Azure Cost Optimization
Use App Services, AKS, and other Azure services to scale dynamically
Switch Architectures for Better Azure Cost Optimization
Consider shifting from Virtual Machines to services like web services or Azure functions, which help save money
Regional Pricing and Compliance in Azure Cost Optimization
Data centers across regions may have different prices for the same services, be aware of compliance regulations specific to a region
Choose data centers based on compliance, service availability, and budget
Example: North Europe may be cheaper than West Europe, offering potential savings
Stay Updated on Service Availability for Azure Cost Optimization
Not every data center offers all the Azure services
Central regions might have more service availability
Azure Cost Optimization for small businesses
For small businesses transitioning to Azure, it’s crucial to adopt a cloud-native mindset instead of just “lifting and shifting”. Regularly shutting down unused instances can prevent exorbitant costs, and equipping your team with a cost management dashboard ensures they’re aware of their spending and can optimize accordingly.
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