We often get questions from advanced DevOps engineers and technical IT managers about how to best optimize Microsoft Azure cloud spending. As Azure administration experts, their questions aren’t about the service functionalities but for the ever-expanding pricing models and the industry best practices to safely reduce their monthly bill without compromising service performance.
The basic Azure virtual machine has gradually evolved to support multiple instance families, types, and versions, translating into hundreds of thousands of configuration permutations and purchasing plans. The resulting complexity confuses even the most experienced cloud administrators.
We’ve now created a new CloudBolt Industry Insights eGuide: The DevOps Guide to Azure Costs, so you can access all the information you need on Azure costs in one place.
In this guide, we clarify the pricing options, summarize the concepts into tables and diagrams, and share industry best practices for safely reducing your spending. We have created this guide to publicly share our responses to the most common questions involving popular Azure concepts such as migration, storage, spot, reservations, and SQL pricing.