Advisor

Your free, personalized guide to Azure best practices

Get the most out of Azure

Quickly and easily optimize your Azure deployments. Azure Advisor analyzes your configurations and usage telemetry and offers personalized, actionable recommendations to help you optimize your Azure resources for high availability, security, performance, and cost.

Best practices to optimize your Azure workloads

Personalized recommendations—prioritized and customizable based on your business needs

Simple, step-by-step guidance and quick links

One place to review and act on recommendations from across Azure

Optimize your deployments with personalized recommendations

Advisor provides relevant best practices to help you improve availability, security, and performance, 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.

Learn how to get started

Quickly and easily take action

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. Recommendations are prioritized according to our best estimate of significance to your environment, and you can share them with your team or stakeholders.

See and act on your Azure Advisor recommendations now

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.

Explore cost optimization and other recommendation categories

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.

Documentation and learning resources

Documentation

Learn how to get started with Advisor. Explore the four cloud advisor optimization categories: high availability, security, performance, and cost. Find out how to use Advisor programmatically through the Advisor REST API, command line (CLI), and PowerShell.

Videos

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

Questions and feedback

Help us build the best cloud optimization experience for you.

Advisor updates, blogs, and announcements

  • 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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