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What is Right-Sizing?

By Heather Robinette

In a previous blog, we talked about Azure Reserved VM Instances and whether you should consider using Reserved VM Instances or not.  Today we are going to discuss another potential cost savings opportunity with right-sizing.

What is it?
Right-sizing is finding the optimal cloud configuration to maximize your performance at the lowest cost. In other words, making sure you aren’t wasting money on something you don’t need. A good comparison is the story of Goldilocks and the three bears. While she tries three different porridge bowls, chairs, and beds, each time she always takes time to “right-size” and find the best fit for her. As a result, right-sizing can ensure you’re getting the most out of the cloud.

Why Should You Right-Size?
There are several advantages to right-sizing, including the most obvious of saving money. Many companies decide to move to the cloud because of the cost-saving potential. So why not make sure you’re maximizing your savings? Another advantage of right-sizing is the elasticity to make changes to your infrastructure to match your workload as needed. For example, if you need to scale up for a few days and then scale back down, you’re able to continuously right-size your infrastructure to match your needs so you’re not stuck with one size. This means your cloud shouldn’t have a “set it and forget it” mentality. While you don’t need to monitor it constantly, it is good to check in and make sure your infrastructure is right-sized to balance your workload needs and your cost savings.

Who Should Right-Size?
Unlike some other cost-saving options, right-sizing can truly be an option for anyone looking to maximize their performance while saving money. If you’re interested in learning more about right-sizing, feel free to contact us or subscribe to our blog below for future tips and information to help you save money.

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Tags: Microsoft Azure, Cost Optimization