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Azure Advisor cost recommendation enhancements

Published date: 16 October, 2019

Azure Advisor helps you optimise your Azure resources for high availability, security, performance and cost by providing personalised recommendations based on your usage and configurations. Advisor has made enhancements to its popular cost recommendation to resize or shut down under-utilised virtual machines. Although certain scenarios result in low utilisation by design, you can often save money by managing the size and number of your virtual machines. Advisor monitors your virtual machine usage for seven days and then identifies low-utilisation virtual machines.

For this release, we’ve added memory pressure and certain other measures as attributes to evaluate this recommendation. Advisor monitors your virtual machine usage for seven days and then identifies low-utilisation virtual machines. Virtual machines are considered low utilisation if their CPU utilisation is 5 per cent or less and their network utilisation is less than 2 per cent and have threshold memory pressure numbers, or if the current workload can be accommodated by a smaller virtual machine size. In addition, Advisor now shows you the estimated cost savings associated with taking either recommended action – resizing or shutting down the virtual machine. Finally, in the case of resizing the VM, Advisor now provides a recommended SKU to choose instead of your current SKU.

Together, these enhancements to Advisor’s under-utilised virtual machine recommendation will help you optimise costs more easily and effectively.

To learn more, see our documentation.

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