One of the main advantages of migrating your IT infrastructure to Azure is that it’s completely flexible and scalable.
Microsoft Azure offers you many benefits, such as increased agility, speed, and performance. Unfortunately, implementing a cloud-based IT infrastructure comes with a number of obstacles. The topic of Azure cost optimisation is one of the most pressing.
But why is cloud cost optimisation so difficult?
Failing to fully understand the difference between the capital expenditure (CapEX) model of on-premise IT, and the operational expenditure (OpEx) model of the cloud, is part of the reason. Transitioning from fixed costs to a subscription-based service for your organisation’s IT creates new complexity when budgeting or managing your spending.
It also presents the need for continual monitoring and optimisation of your cloud infrastructure, to keep up with the costs your business is accruing from a variety of factors like scale and performance.
Unfortunately, another reason this can be so challenging is that the most common methods and tools are rarely sufficient. For example:
- In-built tools from your Azure cloud provider
- Third-party tools
- Azure partners and consultants
- Time-consuming manual processes performed by your in-house team.
So, what does this mean for your bottom line?
Essentially, it means facing the risk of receiving surprises with your monthly Azure cloud costs and significantly spending above your IT budget. Even worse, you might find you’re unable to afford all the IT services you need or meet performance requirements if things were to go change.
For example, hypothetically, what would you do if you experienced a change like Azure costs being increased by your provider? How would you manage the rise in monthly spending while maintaining the same levels of usage, performance, reliability, and so on?
The way to solve these problems is to master Azure cost optimisation. This is possible through continuous monitoring, control, and scaling of your ever-changing cloud environment.
Of course, this is easier said than done. Thankfully, there are sophisticated, automated Azure cost management solutions available. These intelligent tools are purpose-built to optimise your cloud environment, helping you maintain the most cost-effective spending and stay within your budget.
To learn more about this crucial aspect of successful cloud adoption, read our related article here where we provide a detailed guide to Azure cost management and optimisation.
If you’re struggling to get control of your own Azure cloud spending or have any other questions, get in touch with us here and a member of our team will be happy to chat.