How to Reduce Your Azure Bill Effectively

IT professionals reading an article about how to reduce your Azure bill have often experienced one of two scenarios. In the first scenario, you have just realized how much you are spending on Azure after having enthusiastically adopted cloud computing and eagerly deployed virtual machines (VMs) on the Microsoft platform. A little too eagerly perhaps.

To resolve this problem, you could reassign VMs to cheaper pricing options, ask your development team to switch off their non-production VMs when they have finished using them, or reassign resources to write scheduling scripts. Each solution can help reduce your Azure bill in the short term – although the cost of writing scheduling scripts might be more than what you might actually save.

In the second scenario, it is likely you have tried one or more of the above options, but not managed to reduce your Azure bill permanently. The most likely reason for this scenario is a lack of visibility over your Microsoft accounts that limits your IT governance and fails to provide full control over your developer´s cloud deployments.

The correct solution for this scenario is not to implement cloud management software. Cloud management software contains many different features you will pay for, but likely never use. As opposed to opting for a false economy, an effective solution is ParkMyCloud. ParkMyCloud gives you the visibility you need to reduce your Azure bill effectively and permanently.

How to Reduce Your Azure Bill with ParkMyCloud

ParkMyCloud is a lightweight SaaS platform that first conducts a discovery of all your Microsoft VMs via a limited-permissions role, and makes recommendations about which non-production VMs are suitable for on/off scheduling. Typically those used for development, testing and staging are unused for 108 hours a week, but still have to be paid for.

System managers can apply company-wide policies to some or all of the recommended VMs in order to have ParkMyCloud switch them off when they are unlikely to be needed. Alternatively, the on/off schedules can be applied by each development team to suit their requirements. ParkMyCloud provides a number of default schedules to choose from, and it is very easy to create new schedules.

Different schedules can be applied to different VMs, or every VM can be permanently switched off (“parked”) and the parking schedule “snoozed” when access is required. We have considered the possibility that developers will forget to return their snoozed VMs to their parking schedules once they have finished with them, so safeguards exist to reactivate the schedules after a period of inactivity.

A company that schedules their non-production VMs to be parked from 8:00 in the evening to 8:00 in the morning and all throughout the weekend will reduce their Azure bill for non-production VMs by almost 65%. A company that permanently parks its VMs using ParkMyCloud, and only accesses them when required, could save considerably more.

Single Dashboard View Improves IT Governance

Once ParkMyCloud has conducted its discovery, system managers get a single dashboard view of all a company´s cloud accounts and the VMs/instances/resources deployed on them. The information available from this level of visibility enables system managers to identify unused or underused resources that can be terminated or reassigned to a cheaper pricing plan.

The single dashboard view also improves IT governance by giving system managers information about which VMs have been scheduled for parking by individual developer, development teams and credentials. System managers can see how much each parking schedule is helping to reduce the Azure bill, and whether the schedule could be optimized to make further savings.

In addition to helping reduce the Azure bill, the improved level of IT governance and accountability leads to accurate forecasting and reporting. System managers can plan ahead confidently and submit budgets for future projects knowing they have costs under control. Depending on the nature of the company and its future plans, this level of IT governance and subsequent control can be invaluable.

Our Invitation to Try ParkMyCloud Free

If you find yourself in one of the two scenarios mentioned earlier, and are looking for ways to reduce your Azure bill effectively, we invite you to try ParkMyCloud free for fourteen days. Our invitation to try ParkMyCloud free gives you the opportunity to evaluate our scheduling software in your own environment to see by how much you could reduce your Azure bill and what difference total visibility of your accounts will make.

During the fourteen day trial, you will have access to a fully-enabled version of ParkMyCloud with features such as single sign-on using SSO / SAML 2.0, API access, and multi-cloud deployment. When the free trial has finished, you have the option of subscribing to one of our competitive packages or continuing to use a feature limited version of ParkMyCloud. You will still be able to reduce your Azure bill, but not with such a high level of IT governance.

If you have any questions about ParkMyCloud or how it can help you reduce your Azure bill effectively before starting your free trial, our Customer Support Team will be happy to help you. If you cannot wait to reduce your Azure bill, start your free trial now by clicking any “Try it Free” button on this page. All you need to get started is an email address and five minutes of your time, and – best of all – all the money you save during your free trial of ParkMyCloud is yours to keep.