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Controlling Costs in Azure with Cloudyn

03/12/2018

Much has been said about Cloudyn’s purchase of Microsoft and how it would be integrated into Azure’s cost management.

The truth is that before Cloudyn Azure had few good tools to manage costs, involving:

  • Detail of costs and pre-defined periods (day, week, month, year, etc.)
  • Comparison between costs and planned budget
  • Higher costs
  • "Orphan" or expired objects
  • Others…

It was possible to use Power BI but required a very thorough knowledge of the data layer that Azure exported, leaving most customers without good support.

Thinking about that, when buying Cloudyn Microsoft made the tool available for free (some additional features are paid) that fulfills these tasks and with several additional and practical reports.

Installing and Configuring Cloudyn

The installation is nothing more than an application that exists in the Azure Marketplace, named Cost Management, but if you look for Cloudyn it will also appear:

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Enter the data for notification and the business model that you use, usually the first two (EA or CSP). In the case of individual is for those who uses OPEN, Credit Card or MSDN signatures as is my case:

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In the following screen will be requested data to find the signatures, in my case the MSDN offer and my Azure tenant, which can be found in the portal in Subscriptions:

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From there Cloudyn already finds all the subscriptions associated with its user and links the subscriptions:

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Using Cloudyn’s Budget Reports

Important: Data may take 3 to 4 days to be populated.

Reports are the high point of the tool, analytic cost reports based on budget are excellent.

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For these reports to work, it is important to create the budget in the "Projection and Budget" option:

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From there it is already possible to extract the Reports of Projected vs. Used, which is the great pain of Azure clients today.

Detailing Consumption and Optimizations

Cloudyn’s initial dashboard is instructional and informative in and of itself:

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In Asset Controller it is possible to see a summary of what we are having of resources and the evolution of these resources:

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One of the most important features is in Optimizer where we can see orphan resources or overallocations, which are the hints Cloudyn provides with costs.

See that in my case, it has 2 disks that are not linked to any VMs, ie paid the storage without using:

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Discos

Already browsing the menus and running the reports we have a very interesting that is Cost Navigator where we can see several periods and detail the costs in the period:

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And mainly, as commented on the previous topic, compare my Budget with the Realized:

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Some other reports that I did not read here are interesting:

CONCLUSION

It is worth installing and using this tool, the cost of it in your environment is minimal in relation to the quality of the data presented.

It is important to remember that in many cases it is important to use TAGs to separate resources into groups, if necessary.

However, even without the TAGs it is possible to use filters in the reports for some more specific data.

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