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Gain better control over your Microsoft Azure costs and governance using Overcast

True is to say that it's a hard job to stay on top and remain in control of cloud computing spending. There is a tool I recently used, it didn't only provide us with awesome visibility over our Azure spending but also recommendations to trim/eliminate waste spending. Let me introduce you Overcast.

Disclosure: Before going further, I must come forward and say that I work for the company that created Overcast. We created this tool because we weren't happy with the market offering and wanted to make a cloud spending and governance tool that will educate people, is efficient, and just damn simple to use.

Cloud adoption is great, but...

In most companies I've seen, there is almost always a recurring pattern in the first years.

First they are very excited about the cloud benefits: greater agility, pay by consumption, etc. People then start to create resources here and there like in an open buffet. Doing so without having a good governance around resource ownership, expiration, naming, tagging, etc. Sooner or later, a lot of resources become obsolete for all the good reasons in the world:

  • They are less and less used to being no longer used at some point.
  • A new initiative is set up to replace the old resources but the latter is never deleted
  • Only a subset of the resources used in an initiative is deleted, leaving some artifacts behind
  • Misunderstanding of pricing for certain resources
  • The list can go on and on...

After sometimes, often a year or two, someone will wake up and realize that their cloud spending is a bit out of control and definitely not cheap at all.

To be frank, in a lot of situations, the cloud does not end up being cheaper than OnPremise resources but the advantage in the cloud is that you pay for what you use, and only when you use it.

There must be a way

Now that they realize that they are not that much in control and need better visibility over their spending, comes the period to lookup for tools to help.

At GSOFT, we tested a LOT of tools, from custom deployed tools in our Azure subscriptions, to SaaS products, we even used Power BI (we used it a lot actually). I will not make the trial for any of them here, but, let's just say we tested pretty much all of them and they usually fall within at least one of these:

  • Really expensive
  • Slow
  • Complicated to setup
  • Poor UX and navigation

This is why are decided a couple of months ago to create our own tool, and we believe we did a great job.

Here is Overcast

At the moment, there are two main functionalities in Overcast: Costs and Savings. In Costs, you can in a glimpse, see all your spending over time and if you are doing better and worse than previous months.

overcast-costs

And Savings, this is where you'll find our recommendations about potential savings you can make.

overcast-savings

There is a free trial so you can checkout Overcast by yourself if you are curious or very interested in being more in control over your Azure`s spending and governance.

Have a great day!

Stephane Lapointe

Stephane Lapointe

I am the proud father of two little gems. A beer & wine enthusiasm. For everything else, I work and play with Azure at day, and I am an Azure MVP & Advisor at night.

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