Benefits of Azure
Microsoft’s Azure Billing API
ICOMM electronically receives daily updates from the Billing API and validates them to the approved inventory and to the contract rates. The billing can be displayed through our standard TMA usage reports and portal views, and can be tracked daily and/or hourly, depending upon the complexity of the environment.
ICOMM also reports on more detailed usage as part of this service, including meter-based granular reporting down to the resource level (servers, firewalls, load balancers, etc.) and at the region level (segmented by which Azure hosting center the resources are located). This allows ICOMM to report on inventory updates and usage trends across all billable elements within the environment.
Using the data providing through Azure, ICOMM creates alerts that can be used to catch updated usage trends when they are happening and proactively contain them. For example, if a server suddenly begins using a higher amount of bandwidth than estimated, we can turn the server off. Or, if a development server reaches a monthly spend quota, it can be powered down to save money for the rest of the billing cycle.
Advanced Reporting; Forecasting and Budgeting
Using this Azure data, we can produce more accurate spend forecasts, and can work within IT to ensure compliance with budget goals on a resource by resource basis.
ICOMM will use this data to optimize your Azure environment. Too many servers with low utilization? They can be “snoozed” on schedule to save money, or resized accordingly. These savings figures are then tracked and reported on, along with the rest of the analytics provided by this service.