Automation is everyone’s best friend. Pulls the right-sizing recommendations from Cost Explorer.
(From Mike Bradbury at the FinOps Foundation) First off this post is just scratching the surface of some fairly tough subjects and to attempt to answer them in a single blog post is admirable but probably probably missing out on some of the nuance. Regardless there are definitely some good thoughts here to consider especially in the second point.
(Credit goes to Joe Daly for finding this) As follows:
This post seemed to be more of a recruiting tool for Cognizant than anything, but there are some gems in here: the Cognizant Cloud Steps Transformation Framework is much better filled out than the “Three Rs” framework we know and somewhat love, puts emphasis on tagging, considers network and architecture limits, and (my favorite) promotes FaaS and containers.
Any time Lambdas are mentioned I take notice (see above). This post gives some tips on how to identify the metrics and logs that matter the most to you, thereby reducing unnecessary costs.
Mentioned in JtL Volume 5, this posts answers some commonly asked questions regarding use cases, costs, lifecycle management, etc.
There are four tiers to Azure File Shares: premium (SSD), transaction optimized (HDD), hot (general purpose), and cool (cost efficient archives). This post walks you through creating hot and cool shares using Powershell, the Azure portal, and the Azure CLI.
Some good updates this month:
A high level overview of the cloud storage pricing components and how to set their budgets. Don’t bother with the video, just read the post.
The latest in the AWS series for unit cost/unit metric economics. Advocates for something known as the BoR (Book of Record) which is really just a service catalog plus usage from what I can tell, and how to frame that usage for our finance partners.
I’ve long been highly skeptical of the
How to set up your flow logs to allocate costs appropriately.
You can now enforce budget limits via CF templates/stacks/stack sets. Useful in your IaC world.
Of the ingest/process/deliver, focuses more on the processing portion. Know the tools, do the math, and drop what you don’t need. You know, simple stuff.
How, from the Azure portal, to enable Azure Hybrids.
Warning: this is a 40-something minute video with useful nuggets buried throughout. HA/DR has some pretty deep economic ramifications, and the war story here does a pretty good job of explaining that.
Savings plans, spot instances, resource tagging, right sizing, and auto-scaling. Goes for so many things…
Rules defined for accounts, tags, services, charge types to categorize appropriately. Inherited values allow the cost category to dynamically inherit its values from the selected dimensions, while also allowing you to define values with default values.
Plan, Optimize, Remediate, Rinse, Repeat. That’s the way it’s done right?
As if we needed another reason to understand the benefits of OpEx over CapEx. I think this is more for our finance friends.
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