Many businesses are shifting more capital to the cloud, and cloud expenses are becoming a big portion of IT expenditures. There are built-in pricing models that can aid you to save and maximize costs, software that can help you envision and control costs, and validated best practices you can use to minimize duplication and increase utilization of available resources when you get started with Azure cost management. 

Ensure that your Azure workloads are cost-effective to free up funds for critical surge areas including remote work. Understanding and forecasting the costs is a good place to start with Azure cost control. Any firm would kill to cut costs and hire someone who could do that for them. Hence, Whizlabs would kill to impart this skill by its course: Cost Optimization in Azure. It will enable you to analyse, manage and allocate team budgets. 

The reason why Whizlabs has chosen Azure and not Microsoft is because the Azure Hybrid Benefit package gets rid of Microsoft’s large enterprise user base. Furthermore, moving Windows Server and SQL Server 2008 to Azure provides three years of free software upgrades, eliminating the need to renew the licence for security and enforcement purposes. After extensive research on the pros and cons, we proudly present you the course details.

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Cost Optimization in Azure

Why Use Azure?

There are built-in pricing models that can help you save and maximize costs, software that can help you envision and control costs, and validated best practices you can use to minimize duplication and increase utilization of available resources when you get started with Azure cost management. 

A few surveys with our ex-students now working in corporate and government strata have stated that Azure makes it easier for the developers to work on applications. Azure gives them the perfect amount of infrastructure. It does not absolutely lack tools nor it overwhelms you with tools. Another thing they found beneficial was containerization offered by the software. If containerization is part of your server virtualization preparation and strategy, you can use tools like Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) to containerize your projects.

Course Handbook

The course will enable you to:

  •     Teach you to make billing administrative tasks
  •     Manage billing costs
  •     Download cost and usage (monthly)
  •     Spending behaviour and threshold tracking
  •     Identifying irregular workload spending patterns

The first part of the course will help you understand the cost management shows and usage patterns with advanced analytics. How do third party market offerings play a role? What are the roles of negotiated prices and factor reservations etc. will be cleared in this lecture. Whizlabs has made it a point to add even the basics of what factor in ‘expenditures’ since we have received a lot of students coming from different backgrounds. We will teach you how to consider taxes and build tax-including reports as well. An introduction to Azure portals and various APIs will be processed.

The second part of the course will take you through cost optimization methodology, planning and estimating your Azure costs and Azure pricing calculator. All your gain real-time cost estimates of your services can be calculated in a jiffy. The Azure Cost Calculator is a management method for estimating cloud costs for new Azure implementations or combinations of existing workloads. If your Azure services are up and running, the Azure Portal will help you keep track of your actual costs. To make this experience livelier and grasp worthy, Whizlabs has introduced a hand on experience through which you will be able to do the practical while the lectures are going on.

As mentioned above, we get students from every background because of the excessive need of IT in most of the job profile. Hence the course has a phase dedicated to simplifying the concepts of Cost analysis. Our experts have designed this whole phase to be hands on and practical. Unless you are simultaneously solving it, you might not get the best out of it.

You will get hands on experience on: 

  •     Accumulated cost view: The predefined cost analysis view configuration is represented by this object. Date range, granularity, group by, and filter options are all available in each view.
  •     Actual cost: Displays the current month’s gross consumption and sales costs as they’ve accumulated and will appear on your bill.
  •     Forecast: Displays the cumulative forecasted costs for the selected time period.
  •     Budget: If applicable, displays the planned spending cap for the selected scope.

Moreover, after you are equipped to prepare your chats, you should know to read them as well. Whizlabs will teach you to project your estimated costs and analyse your budget threshold. We will go an extra mile and also teach you to predict future costs through granular forecast tools. Other things like regression models based on daily costs, service cost, cost by resource and invoice are included in these lectures.

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The next part deals with budget preparation and presentation. Budgets help you prepare for and drive organisational responsibility in Cost Management. They assist you in informing others of their expenditures to proactively control costs and monitor spending over time. To ensure that your spending stays within your entity’s balance sheet, you can set up notifications based on real or forecasted costs. Only alerts are activated when the budget thresholds you’ve set are surpassed. All of this will be taught in the lectures of this topic.

The next and the last part deals with Azure scopes. There are basically three Azure scopes:

  1.     Management scope: Helps to organise Azure subscriptions.
  2.     Subscriptions: Primary containers. 
  3.     Resource groups: Logical grouping of related resources.

Subscriptions may be organised into a hierarchy using management classes. You might, for example, use management groups to construct a logical organisational hierarchy. Then, for development and dev/test workloads, assign subscriptions to teams. Then, in the subscriptions, build resource groups to manage each subsystem or part.

What Will You Be Able To Do After The Course Ends? 

  •     Assess your organization’s current workload and cost estimates through Azure Price calculator. 
  •     Know the details of your spending behaviour. Consumer spending and cost recommendations through scope, time and granularity which is all inclusive in Cost Analysis. 
  •     Able to handle budget alerts, credit alerts and allotment of quota spending. You will be able to set targets, oversee spending and compare it to your targets.

Any company that runs Virtual Machines (VMs) on the Microsoft Azure platform will benefit from Azure cost management tools. Cost management is often cited as among the top priorities for businesses using public cloud services today – and statistics indicate that $14 billion or more in cloud expense is spent per year on resources that haven’t been used, making Azure cost management a valuable tool.

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