Exploring Azure Cost Management Tools

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Time
3 hours 51 minutes
Difficulty
Beginner
CEU/CPE
4
Video Transcription
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You can estimate your costs with the azure pricing calculator, but you'll also want to track your spending once you have workloads deployed in azure.
00:08
Let's look at a few tools that can help you with that
00:12
we've mentioned as your advisor in the past. When we discuss compliance,
00:17
however, as your advisor can help you. Also with financial governance is
00:22
there are three areas where the as your advisor can give you cost recommendations.
00:27
As your monitors virtual machines over a period of 14 days and identifies underutilized virtual machines,
00:34
you can play with the parameters that determine if a VM is underutilized, but by default. Those are the ones with less than 5% of average CPU utilization and less than seven megabytes of network usage.
00:47
If you see such VMS, you may want to resize them to smaller instance sizes
00:53
in a similar fashion. As you can analyze the use of your VMS over a 30 day period and give you a recommendation as to whether you can save money. Using reserved instances,
01:03
it gives you the regions and sizes where you can have more savings
01:07
if you use express route for connectivity to on premises as your advisor can identify un proficient circuits and advise you as to whether or not to delete those to reduce the cost.
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Let's see how you can find as your advisor in the portal
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as always. If, as your advisor is not available in your favorites list, you can always go to all services and search for advisor.
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When you click on as your advisor, you'll get sent to the overview page for as your advisor.
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As you can see here,
01:45
Azure provides quite a few recommendations for example,
01:49
high availability, security and performance things that we spoke about in the past.
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Cost is the first area where you can get recommendations.
01:59
In my particular case, I'm not actually running any workloads like VMS on the subscription,
02:05
so I don't have any recommendations, and the advisor says that everything's fine.
02:15
Another tool that you can use to monitor your costs and azure is the azure cost management tool.
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It is a free tool available in the azure portal.
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You can do analysis of the data and break it down by Resource group and meet her.
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Let's see how you can get to azure cost management in the portal
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once again, if it is not available in the favorites list, you can go to all services cost management, and you can select it from there.
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It'll give you an overview of all the subscriptions that you have your own subscriptions, as well as subscriptions that you have access to view the cost of
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all select visual studio enterprise, M P n. And, as you can see after a few seconds as your cost management will bring information about the cost by resource.
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In this particular case, there is a single resource there, which is the backup, and it will also give you some spending rate and forecast information.
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Eventually, you get your billing date, and it gives you information about whether you exceed this forecast or not.
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Another thing that you can do here is if you want to go deeper, you can do a cost analysis.
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Clicking on cost analysis will pull up a UI that I can use to do different queries.
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Let's say I want to see my spending for the previous period.
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Let's say this quarter,
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what was the spending for this quarter?
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It'll need some time to actually calculate the spending for the quarter
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because the quarter started on July 1st. The information is the same, but it can give you a forecast for the whole quarter.
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Now let's say I want to see a previous quarter the last three months.
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I can go and recalculate that, and it'll give me information about the previous three months.
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I can group this by meter category or subcategory, resource or resource group name.
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Let's say I would like to choose resource group names, and I want to add a filter for resource group names.
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Unfortunately, it's a single resource group,
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so there's not going to really be any big changes in the data.
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But this does give you an idea of how you can use as your cost management in order to manage your costs.
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You can also export the cost and send it over email or share it as an XML file.
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Now you know how you can get recommendations for reducing your costs as well as how to manage your costs. In Asher
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