Don’t just be in the cloud. Take advantage of it.
As cloud computing is an increasingly used model for application development and deployment, the opportunities for optimizing your cloud use are growing. Comprehensive optimization is an increasingly effective way to ensure you are only paying for what you need, automating your operational processes and ensuring your cloud use is aligned with your business and IT governance policies.
Create a governance approach that matches your unique needs while aligning with cloud best practices.
Continuous cost optimization to ensure you pay for what you really need and nothing more.
Automation is critical to ensure you leverage all the benefits of the cloud.
In BlueSilverShift’s experience, it is important to embark on any cloud project with an idea of how the end solution will be governed and managed. This includes defining how subscriptions will be assigned to various environments and application components. We will start by discussing the overall subscription management scheme that is used today, how the current subscription design will impact longer term goals and why it is important to define and make changes up front before any cloud deployments are in production. Naming conventions are also critical to avoid the complexity of managing an environment that will inevitably encounter sprawl as the system grows and gains adoption.
When you engage BlueSilverShift with your cloud initiative, we will assist with building comprehensive governance into the plan so that what is delivered can be easily managed by your team and align with your security, privacy and overall organization governance requirements.
One of the great things about Azure is that you can very quickly spin up and tear down services for experimentation. The problem with this flexibility is that it’s almost too easy for people to spin up resources such that they forget to shut them down when they are finished with them. This can lead to resource sprawl and increasing costs over time when you’re paying for compute, storage and other resources that are sitting idle or no longer needed.
This is a common problem that we find with our clients and as a result we have developed some proprietary cost optimization tools that enable the ongoing, real-time monitoring of your costs and resources.
We can also provide ongoing cost optimization with our cloud managed services. With this service, we monitor your resource utilization over time and review it with you on a regular basis to highlight areas where you can save money. Examples might include over provisioned compute resources that are under-utilized during off hours, or too many resources for a service that can be accomplished with fewer or lower cost resource sizes. Then, leveraging automation and other tools, we will right size your cloud environment to maximize the return on your investment.
BlueSilverShift uses extensive automation as part of our cloud migration and managed services. Automation is key to optimizing the use of cloud computing and decreasing the cost associated with any application environment.
Our professional services team can assist your organization to implement or enhance your use of Automation in your Azure environment.
- Development of Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates and PowerShell scripts to build entire environments or spin up resources in a repeatable fashion.
- Create runbooks for common tasks that can be triggered using performance parameters, events and webhooks from other applications.
- Auto scaling (up, down and horizontally) of resources based on changes in demand and utilization.
- Auto shutdown of inactive resources during off hours or non-peak periods.
- Deployment pipelines in Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) that can build and tear down application environments on demand.