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Azure Advisor

Your free, personalized guide to Azure best practices.

Optimize your cloud investments with trust

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.

Learn about managing and optimizing costs in Azure

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 reliabilitysecurity, and performance, achieve operational excellence, and reduce costsConfigure 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.

An overview of an account in Azure Advisor.
An Advisor recommendation to shut down or resize a virtual machine.

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 awaypostpone, or dismissAdvisor 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.

An Advisor Score breakdown in Azure Advisor.

Find all your optimization recommendations in one place

Azure offers many services that provide recommendations, including Microsoft Defender for CloudMicrosoft Cost ManagementAzure SQL DB AdvisorAzure 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.

Get Azure Advisor training

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

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Documentation and learning resources

Documentation

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.

Training

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

Questions and feedback

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Azure Well-Architected

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

  • 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 APIcommand 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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