Apply best practices with the Microsoft Azure Advisor service

Microsoft Azure has a free and personalized recommendations service, to apply Azure best practices, called Azure Advisor. If you haven’t heard about it or used it before, you should start now.

Microsoft describes the Azure Advisor as a “…personalized cloud consultant that helps you follow best practices to optimize your Azure deployments…”, in this excellent article, where you can read all about it.

The Advisor will give you recommendations for 4 categories:

  • High Availability
  • Security
  • Performance
  • Cost

Lets take a quick look on how you can implement those recommendations. Below you can see the main advisor page of my Azure subscription, which you can access from the bottom left menu option “Advisor”.

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In my case it’s showing me recommendations for both High Availability and Security. If I click in the security recommendations, you’ll see that one of them is regarding Azure Storage accounts.

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2 of my 3 storage accounts have non recommended security settings regarding secure transfer.

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And finally I can see how exactly those settings should be adjusted.

Other very useful articles to learn more about the Azure Advisor:

There’s no additional cost to take advantage of the advisor recommendations. So as I said before, just get started!!

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