With this release, ShareGate Overcast now scans your environment for idle Azure Cache for Redis, unconnected application gateways, as well as for idle container instances and Service Bus, and provides you with recommendations so you can downscale or delete these services to reduce your costs.
It can be a challenge to keep your cloud costs in check and identify waste, especially if you’re not sure where to look or your Azure environment isn’t optimized as well as it could be.
Oversized resources. Forgotten VMs, Abandoned disks. Empty storage. It’s ridiculously easy to rack up unnecessary Azure costs.
We knew when we built ShareGate Overcast that we wanted to help cloud engineers identify opportunities for cost efficiency and give them an easy way to act on them.
After spending the past year launching new features like anomaly detection, cost forecasting, budgets and alerts, as well as custom business views, we’ve gone back to our original cost savings recommendations list and beefed it up with a few more which are now available in this release.
Our new cost saving recommendations are for Azure services that have a base price, which means that they cost you money regardless of how much—or how little—you’re using them. ShareGate Overcast will help you optimize your Azure environment by letting you know if you’re paying for these services when they’re idle or unconnected.
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Introducing our newest Azure cost savings recommendations in ShareGate Overcast
If you’re unfamiliar with ShareGate Overcast’s Azure cost savings recommendations, here’s how it works. We scan your Azure tenant daily and analyze your consumption, which in turn allows us to generate personalized recommendations whenever we detect an opportunity to rightsize, downscale, or otherwise minimize a given resource in order to save costs.
Our expert recommendations are neatly organized by category in a dashboard in ShareGate Overcast and sorted by highest potential savings first. Act on these recommendations to see an immediate impact on your costs, with very little effort on your part. View our documentation for the complete list of the types of cost savings recommendations we offer in ShareGate Overcast.
Idle Azure Cache for Redis savings recommendations
ShareGate Overcast now detects Azure Cache for Redis that have not been used for the last 30 days. These caches can be scaled down at first, or even deleted to reduce costs.
For the cache to be considered idle, no Get operations must have occurred in the last 30 days. Note that Set operations have not been taken into account for this recommendation. However, we’ll display a message if the cache didn’t have any Get operations but did have Set operations in the last 30 days.
True story: The roll-out of this recommendation in ShareGate Overcast made us realize that one of our engineering teams had launched a new feature with an undetected configuration error that ended up disabling the use of Azure Cache for Redis. ShareGate Overcast brought it to our attention, so we were able to fix the issue right away.
Review idle Azure Cache for Redis to see if you can scale down or delete these services.
Unconnected Azure application gateways
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ShareGate Overcast will also be able to tell you if you have any unconnected application gateways that could potentially be deleted. For an application gateway to be considered unconnected, back-end pools must not have any Targets configured.
For example, if you had a shared application gateway for multiple microservices and the last application got deleted or migrated elsewhere, you could end up in a situation like this. When you have a shared resource like this, it’s not always clear who’s responsible for maintaining it, making it harder to delete these services when they’re no longer being used.
Check for savings opportunities in Azure by deleting unconnected application gateways.
Idle Azure container instances and Service Bus
ShareGate Overcast was already scanning your environment to check for unused virtual machines and idle App Service Plans, but we’re now checking for two additional types of services: Container instances and Service Bus. For example, ShareGate Overcast will be able to flag a Service Bus that got demoted or forgotten by a team and so hasn’t received any messages.
For these services to be deemed idle, they need to have had little to no activity in the last 30 days. More specifically, for container instances, that means an average CPU usage close to 0% for every five minutes over the past 30 days or an average memory usage below 30% of the current configured size.
For Service Bus, we’ll flag services with no incoming messages over the last 30 days. Check out our documentation to learn how ShareGate Overcast can guide you in applying these new cost savings recommendations for idle Azure services in our documentation.
ShareGate Overcast now scans for idle container instances and Service Bus.
Quick Azure cost-efficiency tip: Check your savings recommendations by product, feature, or team
This past summer, we made a handy update to the way your data is presented in our app. We’ve revamped how custom views work so you can easily filter how you see your Azure spending data in ShareGate Overcast.
Custom views are useful to understand how your costs are distributed across specific products, features, deployment environments, business units, or teams—whatever makes sense for your organization.
With ShareGate Overcast, you can organize your Azure spending in a way that makes sense for your business so you can optimize your Azure costs.
This reorganization of your information in our app has also enabled us to display cost savings recommendations specific to each custom view you’ve created.
For example, if you’ve created custom views to track the cost of your different products, you’ll be able to view savings opportunities associated with each product too. This enables you to make quick optimization decisions for very specific parts of your environment.
Want to know how to quickly reduce costs in your production environment? No problem! Looking for ways to reduce costs associated with a particular business unit? We’ve got you.
You can also use custom views to forecast costs, set budgets and alerts, detect anomalies, or check monthly cost variations and top cost drivers for specific products.
Our customers really appreciate custom views as it allows them to present information to upper management in an easy-to-digest format. That way you can clearly explain how daily engineering decisions affect the bottom line and show the ROI of your cloud spend to your boss and other decision makers. Learn how to set up custom views in ShareGate Overcast in our documentation.
New Azure savings recommendations now available in ShareGate Overcast Premium
To view idle services recommendations, which include container instances and Service Bus, as well as idle Azure Cache for Redis, and unconnected application gateways, you need ShareGate Overcast Premium. If you’re already a paying customer, you can access these new recommendations right now.
For users of our Free plan, you can easily upgrade to ShareGate Overcast Premium to access these new recommendations, along with the rest of our biggest cost savings recommendations, anomaly detection, and much more.
If you haven’t tried it yet, sign up for a free ShareGate Overcast account and get a taste of all our Premium features—including our new recommendations—for 15 days.
Coming up next
Keep an eye out in the next couple of months for more cost savings recommendations improvements as this is an area where we’re heavily investing in. We’re looking at not only adding in new recommendations, but also helping you be more confident in applying them.
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