Azure Cost Optimisation – How To Save On Your Cloud Spend
If you’re looking for ways to save money on your Cloud spend, then Azure cost optimisation is definitely worth investigating. As an existing Microsoft Azure client, you’ll already have access to cost optimisation as this is integrated within the Azure portal.
If you’re new to Microsoft Azure or considering choosing them as your Cloud Service Provider, then you’ll no doubt want to make sure that they can offer you the best value for your investment. One of the biggest benefits of choosing Azure as your CSP is their simple and transparent approach to pricing. Their approach to cost optimisation is equally clear.
3 Ways Azure Cost Optimisation Can Help You Reduce Your Cloud Spend:
1. Choose Reserved Virtual Machine Instances Over Pay-As-You-Go
It can be tempting to opt for PAYG when it comes to selecting your VM instances as it’s seemingly quick, easy and low risk. However, you can actually save up to 72% on the cost compared to pay-as-you-go if you opt for Azure’s reserved virtual machine instances.
According to Microsoft, you can even
“…lower your total cost of ownership by combining Azure Reserved Instances with pay-as-you-go prices to manage costs across predictable and variable workloads. In many cases, you can further reduce your costs with reserved instance size flexibility.”
You can select and purchase reserved VM instances in a few simple steps and can exchange or cancel reserved instances at any time, so they do offer a fair amount of flexibility. Choose between a one year or three year term for your reserved VM instances.
The bottom line here is; don’t just automatically choose pay-as-you-go. Azure cost optimisation provides you with advice and options that will reduce your Cloud spend. Take the time to consider them all before making a decision about which payment model for VM instances is the best and most affordable for you.
2. Re-size Or Shut Down Underutilised VM Instances
One of the great advantages of Azure cost optimisation is that it can help you identify underused virtual machine instances. Why is this beneficial? Well, if you have any VMs that aren’t adding value at their current usage setting, you can choose to resize them or simply shut them down.
The process works by monitoring your virtual machine usage for 7 days and identifying any VMs that have under 5% CPU usage, less than 2% network utilisation or are too big for their current workload. You’ll then receive an estimate of continued running costs at the current rate of usage. If the projected running costs are more than you would like or expect to spend, you can re-size your VM or shut it down completely.
3. Re-configure or delete any unused virtual network gateways
A virtual network gateway enables the secure exchange of information over the internet by connecting your on-premises network to your Azure virtual network.
This type of gateway is typically billed per hour, so it’s important to make sure that yours is active and adding value to your business. As part of Azure cost optimisation, the service can identify any virtual network gateways that have been inactive for more than 90 days and flag these to you for action. You can then choose to re-configure them so they begin to work more actively, or simply delete them if they’re no longer needed. This is a great way to save money and remove infrastructure that is not useful to your business.
Talk To The Azure Cost Optimisation Experts!
These are just a few ways in which Azure cost optimisation can help you save on your Cloud spend. For full information about this and other options from Microsoft Azure, get in touch with us on 020 7123 4910 and we can explain all the options available to you. As a Gold certified Microsoft partner, Lanmark are ideally placed to advise on how to ensure a successful Cloud migration and cost optimised ongoing Cloud journey for your business!