Managing Azure Costs
The biggest advantage that Azure’s flexibility brings to businesses migrating their data to the cloud is the ability to quickly change the infrastructure that is used.
This can be achieved in two main ways:
- Long term analysis and asset management
- Dynamic usage analysis and optimisation
Regular assessments of consumption are an important aspect of management. This helps to ensure that the performance levels offered by your solution match expectations and that applications run correctly for the number of users and volume of data being processed. Over time, most businesses find that the amount that they store in the cloud increases, so regular assessments help to manage the resource level.
A reporting tool attached to your infrastructure helps to manage Azure pricing more dynamically. Real time analysis of usage, coupled with the ability to scale up the machines used to service that usage, means that rather than running costly higher performance virtual machines all the time, you can back down to lower spec machines when demand is lower.
Igroup’s approach to managing the cloud needs of our clients uses both of the above methods to ensure that they do not pay for resource that they don’t need, and more importantly, benefit from a cloud deployment that maximises performance during peak times and improves the ability of the business to process and share information.