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Azure Advisor

Your free, personalised guide to Azure best practices

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Do more with less. Reduce costs and increase the efficiency of your cloud investments. Azure Advisor offers actionable recommendations to help you optimise your Azure resources for reliability, security, operational excellence, performance, and cost.

Best practices to optimise your Azure workloads

Step-by-step guidance and quick actions for fast remediation

Cloud score to assess how well-architected your workloads are

Alerts to notify you about new and available Azure recommendations

Optimise your deployments with personalised Azure recommendations

Advisor provides relevant best practices to help you improve reliability, security, and performance, achieve operational excellence, and reduce costs. Configure Advisor to target specific subscriptions and resource groups, to focus on critical optimisations. Access Advisor through the Azure portal, the Azure Command Line Interface (CLI), or the Advisor API. Or configure alerts to notify you automatically about new recommendations.

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Take action quickly and easily

Advisor is designed to help you save you time on cloud optimisation. The recommendation service includes suggested actions you can take right away, postpone, or dismiss. Advisor Quick Fix makes optimisation at scale faster and easier by allowing users to remediate recommendations for multiple resources simultaneously and with only a few clicks. Azure recommendations are prioritised according to our best estimate of significance to your environment, and you can share them with your team or stakeholders.

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Assess how well your workloads follow best practices

Understand how well your workloads are following Azure best practises, assess how much you stand to gain by remediating issues, and prioritise the most impactful recommendations you can take to optimise your deployments with the new Azure Advisor score. Advisor score enables you to get the most out of your Azure investment using a centralised dashboard to monitor, work on, and track your progress toward optimising the cost, security, reliability, operational excellence, and performance of your Azure resources.

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Find all your optimisation recommendations in one place

Azure offers many services that provide recommendations, including Azure Security Centre, Azure Cost Management, Azure SQL DB Advisor, Azure App Service, and others. Advisor pulls in recommendations from all these services so you can more easily review them and take action from a single place.

Explore cost optimisation and other recommendation categories

Get Azure Advisor training

Complete this free Microsoft Learn course to learn how to use Advisor to optimise your Azure workloads, reduce costs, increase reliability, boost performance and improve security.

Azure Advisor is free

Azure Advisor is available at no additional cost. However, note that some recommendations can incur costs upon remediation. For example, enabling virtual machine backup can incur charges for the backups. Advisor aims to help you find cloud cost efficiencies while following Azure best practices.

Get started in three steps

If you don’t already have an Azure free account, create one now.

Access Azure Advisor through the Azure portal.

Learn more with documentation and tutorials.

Documentation and learning resources


Learn how to get started with Advisor. Explore the five cloud advisor optimisation categories: reliability, security, performance, operational excellence and cost. Find out how to use Advisor programmatically through the Advisor REST API, command line (CLI) and PowerShell.

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Take our free Microsoft Learn course to discover how you can use Advisor to optimise your Azure workload usage, reduce costs, increase efficiency and improve security.

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Azure Well-Architected

Design, build and maintain well-architected cloud workloads—optimised to meet your on-going business needs. Well-Architected workloads are optimised by security, reliability, performance efficiency, operational efficiency, and cost optimisation. Use Advisor and Advisor score to identify workloads in production to implement or maintain well-architected principles.

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  • Advisor is available in all Azure regions.
  • As a free service, Azure Advisor has no SLA.
  • Sign in to the Azure portal and select Advisor from the navigation menu or from the All services menu. You can also access the service through the Advisor REST API, command line (CLI), and PowerShell.
  • You can access Azure Advisor recommendations as an owner, contributor, or reader of a subscription.
  • You can configure Advisor to display recommendations for specific subscriptions or resource groups and tune some recommendations. Learn more.
  • Advisor for Azure Government offers slightly different recommendations. Learn more.
  • Azure customer enablement offers a comprehensive set of proven tools, guidance and resources to provide you with a clear path for your cloud journey. Explore what's available.

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