SKILLS & TRICKS
A few weeks back, me and Pelle (Niteco, CEO) had a call with Microsoft Azure Support based in Singapore. We discussed some of the challenges we were facing and one of the critical issue was to have invoicing more structured. Its not always easy to have your customers have Hosted Apps or backups on your environment under a different Resource Group and then share billing details internally with the Accounting Team for invoicing.
Lets face it, not everyone in an IT company has a technical mind and people in finance only care about numbers. They ideally like to see how the billing gets calculated and how it matches with the invoice they receive from Microsoft every month. Ahhhh its really a pain at times to break down everything and present it to them , the time and effort it took was just too much. If you are a CSP then its a different story all together and i guess CSP Tier 2 partners also have a much more simpler dashboard to get the invoicing details.
Thank You Microsoft for adding Billing User Role to Azure
After a few back and forth calls and some initial testing i was told by Microsoft Support that they would be adding a new User Role in the coming weeks. Well was excited about it and on Tuesday 25th of May this was released at least for our environment and the new Billing Reader role allows you to delegate access to just billing information with no access to services such as VMs and storage accounts. Users in this role can perform Azure billing management operations such as viewing subscription scoped cost reporting data and downloading invoices.
Microsoft has rolled out Azure Managed Disks this month and its available for all to simplify the management, scaling, sizing of disk, etc for VMs.
Since i am still pretty much a .Net guy so download the Azure Management Libraries for .Net to manage Managed Disks.
GitHub Link: https://github.com/Azure/azure-sdk-for-net/tree/Fluent
Time to play :)
We are living in an era of Cloud Computing and though everyone seems to talk about it, very few seem to understand what it really is and how quickly its transforming development of Business Application. Guys like me on the other hand seem to me a bit more relaxed putting apps on Cloud, mostly Microsoft Azure due to its ease and way to get things done. The one thing which I really like is, Microsoft is building it rapidly and adding new features so fast that it’s a bit of a pain at times. Ahh welcome to the life of Technology Enthusiast – in this case Cloud Architect.
A few years back everyone was talking about Virtualization and how it has changed the IT Landscape – now Microsoft Azure has come up with Containers which is the next big thing in the Cloud Computing world. Containers would be able to run on any hardware, cloud or any environment without much modification. What this means is that Customers would now be able to write their Apps once and deploy everywhere – Test, Dev or Production.