With cloud services now widely available on the market, flexibility for customers has multiplied. Quickly start a virtual test environment on Azure at the push of a button and then clean it up again. However, if you want to run several virtual machines on Azure continuously, it is worth planning and save costs by means of a reservation. In order not to have to sacrifice flexibility completely, there is the "Azure Reserved Instance size flexiblity" offer, which is used for VMs and scale sets. In this article, I will go into more detail about how Azure Reserved Instance size flexibility works and how you can use it to your advantage and save money.
Azure Cost Management has already been available for Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) since the end of 2019. This means that a CSP can view the costs incurred for the purchased Microsoft Cloud Services directly in the Azure Portal. The customer, on the other hand, has no access by default. The following is an explanation of how to activate Azure Cost Management as a CSP for a customer, what the requirements are and what restrictions currently exist.