In continuation to part 1 and part 2, where I talked how to estimate for the Reserved Instances (RI) and how to figure out the kind of savings you can get with it. Having understood this, let’s now understand a bit on how all this appears in the billing file. If you are an enterprise customer, you can login to ea.azure.com and download your billing/usage report or you could access details from Azure portal on a subscription basis. For now, I will assume that you are familiar with the billing/usage file in general. Refer to the image below. RI Billing File Extract The first four rows with Product ‘Reservation-Base VM’ are for the actual VM instances that are
In my earlier blog I explained a bit on RI pricing to get you started. There is more to RI Usage and pricing and I will cover the other aspects in this blog. Apart from the retail pricing, organization’s discounted pricing and RI pricing, another aspect that should be account for is the Azure Hybrid Benefit (AHUB) licensing. When using on-demand VMs you could always use the Bring Your Own License (BYOL) and get a discounted pricing for your VM. Essential MS no longer charges you for Windows Server license on the VM as you have deployed your own. This hence is a saving and not really a discount. When using RI, same concept can be applied. When MS launched
Microsoft has been working on making improvements to the Azure meter category and sub category names over the last few months. The details of the same are available here and instructions on how to make changes to current reporting in any are here. There is also a detailed XLS available for download, which gives the old and new names for the same. Many changes are in terms of meter sub categories being promoted to meter categories of their own, like for example, the earlier 'data services' meter category is no longer available and all its sub categories are now meter categories on their own. If you do some reporting on based on the Azure meter categories, you may have noticed
Cloud Governance is a journey, not a destination. It touches almost every aspect of an enterprise's infrastructure and IT processes. If done right it can force a positive cultural shift and can contribute to the success of their cloud adoption strategy. At BrainScale we realize the Cloud governance needs that a modern enterprise has and to help we have created AzCop. It is BrainScale's marquee Azure governance solution. Below, I will explore 3 of its key highlights. Self-Service Enablement A big success of modern public cloud is that it has democratized access to compute power. This has accelerated the pace of innovation across industry segments. However, well-regulated enterprises are not easily able to leverage that freedom. In a bid to
Migrating an entire datacenter from on-premises into the cloud is huge proposition. Don’t let anyone fool you by telling you that it's easy. At almost every instance the topic of migration of datacenter to Azure comes up in a conversation, the first things that get thrown into the din are the 5Rs(Re-host, Re-factor, Re-platform, Re-Engineer and Retain). Yes people, I give it to you these are important buckets to categorize your workloads into, but there is so much prior design thought and engineering work that has to be put in before you start spending significant time classifying workloads amongst these 5RS. Many organizations perform this work under the Cloud Enablement program, but often underestimate how vast this program can become.It
If you are using Azure Virtual Machines (VMs), you have an option of using Azure Reserved Instance (RI) VMs instead. Microsoft (MS) claims these can help save up to 72% of your spend. While this may be true on the surface, but it will be good to get a deeper view to understand what benefits you really stand to make, if at all. Yes, using reserved instances, doesn’t automatically means cost saving. It is hence important to understand how this works and plan accordingly to get the right kind of benefit. I will try and point out key things to keep in mind when planning and using RIs. The reservation cost that is paid upfront, covers the cost of running
Windows 10 October 2018 update is now available. You can check for it via 'Windows Update' or wait for it to be pushed to your device in a few weeks. Here's a list of all features of this update, but then some were dropped from the final product. The update isn't appearing in my 'Windows Update' yet, so it is wait and watch for some time for me.
Today, i am going to write another great thing about the cloud which is availability zones. One of the great things about the cloud is the ability to be available at all times. Customers can today, build highly available applications using availability sets and virtual machines scale sets and they can also protect their applications and data from disasters through taking advantage of Geo-redundant storage with the GRS offering, and Azure Site Recovery by replicating their data and stateful VMs across different regions. Availability zones offers it another capability for customers to build highly available applications within a region. The benefit that availability`s own software says that it protects customer`s applications and data within a region from data center
It started off as a meeting with select few people, due to limited time that our CEO, Phani, had during his India trip, but then we decided to invite all. After all there had been lot of new people in the team and many had not met each other. The team is spread across Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Jalgaon, Ludhiana etc. (we work from home most of the times) Our team of 4 from Pune initially thought to be a bit adventurous and thought of driving down to Bangalore, a journey of about 850km, that takes about 12 – 14 hrs. We were excited about it and were into finalizing our hotel stay for 2 days in Bangalore. But
Often I prefer building container images and running them on a docker host that is separate from my dev laptop. There are several reasons for doing this. But chief among them are that these images tend to take up a lot of space and I often find myself work with both Windows and Linux containers. I use a mac and cannot run Windows containers on it. Even if I could, I would rather avoid the hassle of having to switch between the two modes ever so often. I prefer setting up two separate Azure VMs on which I install docker machine and use those machines as remote docker hosts. I am content running just the client on my mac.