Join Sharon Bennett for an in-depth discussion in this video How to maximize your Azure dollar, part of Microsoft Azure: Design and Deploy ARM Templates.
- [Instructor] The easiest way to stretch your Azure dollar is to turn off your virtual machines when not needed. Microsoft has now included an auto shutdown option in the virtual machine options. For groups of virtual machines, you can use a script to turn off all of the machines in a resource group. I know using kick butt machines are fun and fast, but they come with a price. If you do not need all that power, then use smaller virtual machines. Disable or turn off unused services. If you have been testing backups or Azure site recovery, when you are finished, delete the services.
Use locally redundant storage whenever possible. Geo-redundant storage costs almost two times the amount of locally redundant storage. And remember, Microsoft does not charge you to move data into the data center, but they do charge you to move data out. You may want to look at other options such as OneDrive if you're moving large files in and out of Azure on a regular basis. As you can see, there are ways to reduce your Azure spend. But a word of warning: just because the implementation is in Azure doesn't mean that you can skimp on resources.
To have a successful Azure experience, include all of the required resources into the project. Trust me, it will make the experience pleasant and more likely to move ahead.
- Implementing Azure Resource Manager templates
- Creating a template from a deployment
- Deploying a template using the portal
- Deploying a template using PowerShell
- Using Azure Quickstart Templates
- Using service principals
- Locking Azure resources
- Securing Azure subscriptions
- Azure active directory roles
- Designing custom RBAC roles