15 ways to optimise your Azure costs

There are lots of different ways to optimise costs in Azure, but this list is great to remind you of the basics (Reservations, Azure Hybrid Benefit etc) as well as newer options specific to running SQL in Azure, or using Azure Backup solutions.

Find the full list here: https://bit.ly/2J7pVWR.

Azure Cost Management course for Microsoft partners

There’s a new Azure Cost Management course for Microsoft partners available on Microsoft Learn, the free online training platform. Topics covered include cost management scopes, bill reconciliation, Partner Earned Credit, enabling cost management for customers, and setting budgets and alerts.

Find this course here: https://bit.ly/3j8FTwW.

AWS connector for Azure Cost Management now available

Microsoft announce that an AWS connector for Azure Cost Management is available from 1 September, 2020 for all customers.

This connector enables customers to analyse their Azure and AWS spend from a single pane of glass in the Azure Management Portal. There’s no cost for the connector for the first 90 days, and thereafter Cost Management for AWS is charged at 1% of the total AWS managed spend.

Find the announcement here: https://bit.ly/32P0HE5, along with instructions for setting up and using the connector.

Azure Cost Management – June 2020 update

Azure Cost Management is constantly evolving to help customers better understand where they’re accruing costs in the cloud, to identify and prevent bad spending patterns, and to optimise costs.

Updates to the tools for June 2020 include more flexibility for budget notifications, the ability to subscribe to active cost recommendations with Advisor digests, and improvements in the transfer of Subscription ownership. There are also some new ways to save money with Azure, as well as some new videos to learn more about Azure Cost Management.

Find the detail on all of these enhancements in the Azure Cost Management June 2020 update here: https://bit.ly/2CRFIGl.

Control Azure spending and manage bills: Microsoft Learn course

If you want to increase your knowledge around Azure Cost Management then there’s a new Learning Path in Microsoft Learn. Snazzily entitled “Control Azure spending and manage bills with Azure Cost Management + Billing” it consists of three modules: Design for efficiency and operations in Azure, Predict costs and optimize spending for Azure, and Analyze costs and create budgets with Azure Cost Management.

Find this free Learning Path here: https://bit.ly/2ylYh3j.

Azure Cost Management: preventing unexpected charges

If you want a good overview of how you can prevent unexpected charges for the Azure services then this article has some useful information: https://bit.ly/2WiZcte. It’s a 12 minute read with the following sections: getting estimated costs, monitoring costs, optimising and reducing costs, and analysing unexpected charges.

Azure Cost Management: enhanced budget capabilities

Microsoft announce that budget evaluations in Azure Cost Management now include Reservations and Marketplace purchases rather than just usage information.

Find the announcement here: https://bit.ly/2KWjqDW, some examples on how you might implement the new features here: https://bit.ly/2WgjUtO, and a tutorial on creating budgets here: https://bit.ly/2Whw8lU.

Azure Cost Management March update

The March roundup of the innovations added to Azure Cost Management includes a whole host of new ACM videos – find them on YouTube here: http://bit.ly/31RjZFy, and confirmation that Cloudyn will be deprecated at the end of 2020: https://bit.ly/3c7HrDx.

Read the full update post here: https://bit.ly/3a0eoQM for more details, and articles on topics such as new ways to save money with Azure and how rounding is handled.

Azure Cost Management: February update

Azure Cost Management is a set of tools that helps customers and partners to feel in control of their spend on the Azure consumption services. Features are continually being added to this service and the February updates include new Power BI reports for EA customers, and greater visibility into the individual meter costs that make up the total cost for a resource. Find the update here: http://bit.ly/3aLFHPP.

Azure Cost Management: January update

Azure Cost Management helps customers to feel in control of their Azure spending and to maximise their cloud investment. There are continual innovations to the functionality available, and this January update details the latest changes including improved reporting, new ways of saving money with Azure, and recent changes to Azure usage data: http://bit.ly/2Ov9pQ9.