- Aug 24, 2020
- Carlos Pereira
How to Control Microsoft Azure Costs, Now
Getting the most out of your Microsoft Azure environment isn’t as hard as it seems. Track the activity of your assets on a weekly or monthly basis, monitor how costs evolve, and know your licensing options. In short, computing capacity management is the one tried-and-true strategy for maximizing your Microsoft licensing investment.
Usage monitoring is so foundational in software license management that we sometimes overlook it in pursuit of a tool or a strategy that sounds cooler and more buzzworthy. But it works, and you should do it.
Aim to answer these simple questions:
- What am I using?
- How often am I using it?
- What are the peaks and valleys?
In doing so, you’ll know exactly where to look if you need to adjust your Microsoft Azure contract, re-harvest a license if it’s a BYOL scenario, or spin-up or spin-down virtual machines or server capacity. And it doesn’t matter whether we’re talking about operating systems, databases, or applications. Answers to these key software license management questions are the starting point for all your cost avoidance and cost reduction programs and strategies.
Track the evolution of your Azure licensing costs
It’s very unlikely that your Microsoft Azure licensing costs will stay consistent throughout the lifetime of a contract. While that’s normal, you’ll want to understand what’s causing the fluctuations, whether they’re within budget, and if they meet your business needs.
If you can’t explain a peak or a valley or even why your Microsoft Azure licensing costs aren’t changing, then you have a problem, one that could lead to software license compliance issues or overspend. Knowing where costs originate from and how they change is the best way to get the right licensing for your business and infrastructure needs.
Know which Microsoft Azure licenses you own
Your business, like most companies and organizations, is probably looking for ways to keep your employees safe during this unprecedented global pandemic. That’s commendable even if it’s often challenging. Understanding your licenses can help you solve many of these challenges quickly and easily. You may even find opportunities for cost avoidance that you didn’t know you had. With the global safer-at-home initiatives, it makes sense to move certain computing instances into the cloud. Relying on cloud resources and maintenance allows you to dedicate your own IT manpower to critical home office support. If you have a Software Assurance agreement, you might be able to migrate to the cloud without any added costs.
Depending on the kind of Microsoft Software Assurance coverage you have, you may be entitled to expanded capacity in the cloud with a license for just a single core. This could be useful if the demand for your internal collaboration tools is increasing.
These licensing options and entitlements make your environment significantly more flexible and allow you to respond quickly and appropriately to changing business and working conditions.
Build your rapid response team
Empower your business with software and infrastructure possibilities and get the most out of your Azure investment. A software license management tool such as SmartTrack stores your agreements, knows which licenses you hold and which are covered by Software Assurance, so you can see quickly what your options are. It’s an essential part of your rapid response team, quickly giving you options and simulating licensing scenarios.
Topics: Microsoft Azure