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Optimize your Azure costs

Manage your cloud spending and focus on what matters most to your business

Explore tools and resources to help you save

Find out about the tools, offers, and guidance designed to help you manage and optimize your Azure costs. Learn how to understand and forecast your bill, optimize workload costs, and control your spending.

Understand and forecast your costs

Cost optimize your workloads

Control your costs

7 ways to optimize costs today

Shut down unused resources

Identify idle virtual machines (VMs), ExpressRoute circuits, and other resources with Azure Advisor. Get recommendations on which resources to shut down, and see how much you would save.

Right-size underused resources

Find underutilized resources with Azure Advisor—and get recommendations on how to reduce your spend by reconfiguring or consolidating them.

Reserve instances for consistent workloads

Get a discount of up to 72 percent over pay-as-you-go pricing on Azure services when you prepay for a one- or three-year term with reservation pricing.

Take advantage of the Azure Hybrid Benefit

AWS is up to five times more expensive than Azure for Windows Server and SQL Server. Save big when you migrate your on-premises workloads to Azure.

Configure autoscaling

Save by dynamically allocating and de-allocating resources to match your performance needs.

Set up budgets and allocate costs to teams and projects

Create and manage budgets for the Azure services you use or subscribe to—and monitor your organization’s cloud spending—with Microsoft Cost Management.

Choose the right Azure compute service

Azure offers many ways to host your code. Operate more cost efficiently by selecting the right compute service for your application.

See how customers are optimizing their Azure costs

Maersk delivers cost optimization across its organization

Global logistics leader Maersk gained significant benefits, like enterprise-wide awareness and better cost management processes, through its ongoing digital transformation by making cloud cost optimization a core practice.

ASOS weaves cost optimization into fashion innovation

"We spend a lot of money in the cloud, so it's one of those things that has a huge impact. Our cloud cost optimization has already saved us 25 to 40 percent."

Kristina Moln-Page, Head of Finance, ASOS

H&R Block optimizes cloud costs with Azure

H&R Block partnered with Microsoft to increase the cost efficiency of its cloud deployments. Using Azure cost-optimization services and best practices, the tax preparation giant continuously optimizes its cloud spend and keeps monthly costs under control year-over-year.

H&R Block

Cost optimization training

Learn how to save money on Azure in this free, 51-minute Microsoft Learn module, Microsoft Azure Well-Architected Framework—Cost Optimization. You’ll learn how to:

  • Gain visibility and draw cost insights using monitoring and analytics.
  • Maximize the efficiency of your cloud environment.
  • Provision resources that are optimized for cost.

Additional cost optimization resources

Get help managing your costs from expert partners

Find help with cost management from an Azure partner with verified capabilities—and move forward confidently, knowing your partner is committed to your success. Depending on your needs, there are two expert partner options to choose from:

Azure advanced specialization partners provide deep expertise in specific scenarios—such as infrastructure migration, app modernization, cloud-native app development, or managing specialized workloads on Azure.

Azure expert managed service providers are generalists, offering validated expertise in managing and optimizing Azure environments, following industry and Microsoft best practices.

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