Your free, personalized 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 optimize your Azure resources for reliability, security, operational excellence, performance, and cost.
Best practices to optimize 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
Optimize your deployments with personalized 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 optimizations. 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.
Take action quickly and easily
Advisor is designed to help you save you time on cloud optimization. The recommendation service includes suggested actions you can take right away, postpone, or dismiss. Advisor Quick Fix makes optimization at scale faster and easier by allowing users to remediate recommendations for multiple resources simultaneously and with only a few clicks. Azure recommendations are prioritized according to our best estimate of significance to your environment, and you can share them with your team or stakeholders.
Assess how well your workloads follow best practices
Understand how well your workloads are following Azure best practices, assess how much you stand to gain by remediating issues, and prioritize the most impactful recommendations you can take to optimize your deployments with the new Azure Advisor score. Advisor score enables you to get the most out of your Azure investment using a centralized dashboard to monitor, work on, and track your progress toward optimizing the cost, security, reliability, operational excellence, and performance of your Azure resources.
Find all your optimization 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 these services so you can more easily review them and take action from a single place.
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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.
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Documentation and learning resources
Learn how to get started with Advisor. Explore the five cloud advisor optimization 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.
Take our free Microsoft Learn course to discover how you can use Advisor to optimize your Azure workload usage, reduce costs, increase efficiency, and improve security.
Documentation and learning resources
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Frequently asked questions about Azure Advisor
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.
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