How to optimize your Azure cloud costs
Always in control of your Azure costs
Are you facing challenges in understanding and controlling your Microsoft Azure (*details) costs? Do you feel frustrated by unexplained cost fluctuations? Are you uncertain about the composition of cost structures and the dependencies involved? With Optimize you can immediately save on your Microsoft cloud costs and prevent any new unnecessary expenses. We provide you with the right usage insights, giving you control over what happens in your cloud environment and making sure you always understand what's going on. We analyze actual usage and licensing benefits and provide straightforward recommendations for optimizations. Moreover, through consulting and automation, we ensure end-to-end support, so you are always fully in control of your cloud usage and costs.
The Microsoft Azure cloud includes all cloud products that are billed as Azure consumption. Meanwhile, Azure products billed as user subscriptions, such as Azure Active Directory Premium and Azure Information Protection, are classified as M365 cloud products and are therefore part of Optimize M365. Marketplace costs are currently not targeted for optimization.
Optimize Azure in a nutshell
- Analyzing actual consumption
- Providing cost breakdown
- Showing in-depth usage insights
- Simplifying licensing complexity
- Revealing commercial & technical optimization opportunities
- Dashboard; a monitoring overview that helps you understand what is happening with your cloud usage and spend
- Amortized cost over time; determines and shows the development of the monthly amortized** costs
- Commercial optimization; shows the optimization opportunities through licensing improvements
- Technical optimization; shows possible optimization opportunities from technical improvements
3. Commercial optimization
The commercial optimization page is used to display certain programmatic saving categories, which we continuously update in our tool to reflect Microsoft’s latest licensing models. We indicate per line-item which ones may not have been implemented to their full potential. As Microsoft allows you to sign up for and choose either a one- or a three-year reserved instance, we calculate the total savings you might benefit from for either of these timeframes. Whatever term you choose, we recommend you make the changes as soon as possible to start saving on your Azure consumption.
** "Amortized" clarification:
Amortization is the process of breaking down one-time costs into periodic costs. It helps us to gain a clear insight into the cost allocation, which in turn helps to successfully optimize costs. For reservations, the entire reservation amount is billed in advance by default, while the reservation costs are in effect for the duration of the reservation. The entire amount of the reservation is settled as actual costs in the first month, while with amortized costs this amount is evenly distributed over the entire period (pro-rated).