You're an Azure subscription owner or billing admin in the Contoso organization. Your team has been using Azure for several years and has consistent base VM usage. Currently, you are paying for the VMs on a monthly pay-as-you-go basis. You want to lower the overall yearly cost of the environment to free up additional funds for future development work.

You can make cost cuts by optimizing the resources that you use and by buying reserved instances to save money over your pay-as-you-go costs. You want to understand how purchases can help you save money, determine what to buy, and how to make a purchase in the Azure portal. After you've made your purchase, you would also like to know how to manage that purchase on an ongoing basis to further optimize your costs. You also need to provide status and reporting on the savings that Contoso receives to your CEO and the finance team. Reporting will justify the purchase as funds are reallocated to new development work.

Without replacing more expensive pay-as-you-go VMs with reservations, your organization would spend more money than needed.

In this module, you've learned to plan for, buy, and manage Azure reservations to replace more expensive pay-as-you-go VMs with less expensive reservations.

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To learn more about Azure reservations, see the following articles: