Join Sharon Bennett for an in-depth discussion in this video Stretching your Azure dollar, part of Microsoft Azure: Design and Implement a Storage Strategy.
- [Instructor] Once you have an Azure subscription, you're going to want to stretch that dollar as far as you possibly can, especially if you're learning. The easiest way to stretch your Azure dollar is to turn off your virtual machines when they're not needed. Microsoft has now included an auto shut down option in the virtual machine options. For groups of machines, you can use the script to turn off all the machines in the resource group. I know using kick butt machines are fun and fast, but they come at a price. If you don't need all that power, then use smaller virtual machines.
Disable or turn off all unused services. If you have been testing backups or Azure site recovery, when you are finished, delete the service. Use locally redundant storage whenever possible. Geo redundant storage costs almost two times the amount of locally redundant storage. And for testing purposes, you may find using a standard storage account will be more cost effective than using a premium storage account. 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 One Drive. If you are 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 the resources. To have a successful Azure experience, include all the required resources into a project. Trust me, it will make the experience pleasant and more likely to move forward.
- Implementing storage blobs and Azure files
- Managing access
- Configuring diagnostics, monitoring, and analytics
- Enabling and viewing logs
- Implementing Azure SQL databases
- Implementing recovery services
- Creating an Azure Backup vault
- Configuring the Azure Backup agent
- Backing up and restoring files
- Backing up an Azure virtual machine