Azure Advisor

Your free, personalised guide to Azure best practices

Get the most out of Azure

Quickly and easily optimise your Azure deployments. Azure Advisor analyses your configurations and usage telemetry and offers personalised, 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 recommendations

Optimise your deployments with personalised 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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Quickly and easily take action

Advisor is designed to help you save you time on cloud optimisation. The recommendation service includes suggested actions that you can take straight 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. 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 Azure workloads are following best practices, assess how much you stand to gain by remediating issues and prioritise the most impactful recommendations that 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 towards optimising the cost, security, reliability, operational excellence and performance of your Azure resources.

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Find all of your optimisation recommendations in one place

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

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About Azure security

  • Microsoft invests over USD 1 billion annually on cyber security research and development.
  • We employ more than 3,500 security experts who are completely focused on securing your data and privacy.
  • Azure has more certifications than any other cloud provider. View the comprehensive list.

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.


Watch our demo from Microsoft Ignite, covering how to optimise your Azure resources using Advisor.

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Cost optimisation

Find out about the tools, offers and guidance designed to help you manage and optimise your Azure costs. Learn how to understand and forecast your bill, optimise workload costs and control your spending.

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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.

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