Azure Resource Manager V2, The Manhattans Project

In this episode of 10th Magnitude’s “Manhattans Project,” I’m joined by Cloud Consultant Ryan Kelly, who came by from his client assignment to discuss Azure Resource Manager (ARM) and how it can be utilized to remove the obstacles in the way of easy automated provisioning.

With the latest release of ARM, what has changed and how are people using it? How has Microsoft addressed concerns about business management from within Azure in V2 of ARM?

Let’s find out! Here are some highlights from our chat:

Ryan: Azure Resource Manager helps by saying “here’s a template, in JSON for an entire environment. From start to finish provisioning the entire thing, including the network underneath, the storage accounts, the load balancing, and the virtual machines of course. Being able to spin that up in concert with Chef installing an enterprise application is just as easy as the click of a button, once you get it set up.

Ryan: Another thing that’s on everyone’s mind is cost control. That’s a big thing with my client. We’re spinning up all these VMs, it’s being used across the company for things like demos and test environments, so the word on everyone’s lips is “how do we control the cost of this?”
Michael: Especially this time of year. Budgets have reached their limit in a lot of organizations. You want to make sure that if you’re going to implement this towards end of year assuming that you’ll have funds in the next year. How do you control those costs to make sure you can budget appropriately?
Ryan: What has opened up in V2 of ARM is this ability to get a better look at things in Azure billing. I know that’s been a big frustration for a lot of people. They get these bills and they’re itemized in such a way that’s basically Egyptian. How are they charging me, and how can I predict the cost of my VMs? Their billing API has really opened up the ability for people to do real-time billing analytics. They can tag different departments and see who is getting billed for what.

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