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An Azure Trusted Advisor analyzes your configurations and usage telemetry and offers personalized, actionable recommendations to help you optimize your Azure resources for reliability, security, operational excellence, performance, and cost.

Optimize your deployments with personalized recommendations
An 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.

You can Access an automated 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.

Understand how well your Azure workloads are following 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.

How is an Advisor score calculated?

Advisor displays your category scores and your overall Advisor score as percentages. A score of 100% in any category means all your resources, assessed by Advisor, follow the best practices that Advisor recommends. On the other end of the spectrum, a score of 0% means that none of your resources, assessed by Advisor, follows Advisor recommendations.

Each of the five categories has a highest potential score of 100. Your overall Advisor score is calculated as a sum of each applicable category score, divided by the sum of the highest potential score from all applicable categories. For most subscriptions, that means Advisor adds up the score from each category and divides by 500. But each category score is calculated only if you use resources that are assessed by Advisor.

Advisor score calculation example

  • Single subscription score: This example is the simple mean of all Advisor category scores for your subscription. If the Advisor category scores are – Cost = 73, Reliability = 85, Operational excellence = 77, and Performance = 100, the Advisor score would be (73 + 85 + 77 + 100)/(4×100) = 0.84% or 84%.
  • Multiple subscriptions score: When multiple subscriptions are selected, the overall Advisor scores generated are weighted aggregate category scores. Here, each Advisor category score is aggregated based on resources consumed by subscriptions. After Advisor has the weighted aggregated category scores, Advisor does a simple mean calculation to give you an overall score for subscriptions.

Scoring methodology

The calculation of the Advisor score can be summarized in four steps:

  1. Advisor calculates the retail cost of impacted resources. These resources are the ones in your subscriptions that have at least one recommendation in Advisor.
  2. Advisor calculates the retail cost of assessed resources. These resources are the ones monitored by Advisor, whether they have any recommendations or not.
  3. For each recommendation type, Advisor calculates the healthy resource ratio. This ratio is the retail cost of impacted resources divided by the retail cost of assessed resources.
  4. Advisor applies three additional weights to the healthy resource ratio in each category:
    • Recommendations with greater impact are weighted heavier than recommendations with lower impact.
    • Resources with long-standing recommendations will count more against your score.
    • Resources that you postpone or dismiss in Advisor are removed from your score calculation entirely.

Advisor applies this model at an Advisor category level to give an Advisor score for each category. Security uses a secure score model. A simple average produces the final Advisor score.