Save money following the Azure Advisor Recommendations
Microsoft Azure has a very helpful service, called Azure Advisor. Think it like your personal advices on Azure services. Azure Advisor has many advices and recommendations about operations, availability, performance, security and cost.
Following the Cost section of the Azure Advisor one can save a lot of money. Some of recommendations that you will see and it is very impressive is about VM sizes. It gets the performance metrics of the running VMs. If the VM uses less resources than the allocated you will see a recommendation to reduce the size of that VMs together with the actual yearly cost save.
Another impressive recommendation is the cost saving calculation of the reserved instances. You will get a yearly estimation about the savings of your VMs if you acquire Azure Reserved Instances.
The Azure Advisor can be accessed at the Azure Portal. It is one of the pinned options at the sidebar. Click the Advisor and after the recommendations update you will see the advises.
This is an example of a Subscription that can save money per year.
By clicking the Cost recommendation box, you will see the detailed recommendation. This says that you can save this amount of money by buying reserved instances.
Pantelis Apostolidis is a Cloud Solutions Architect at Microsoft and an ex Microsoft Azure MVP. For the last 15 years, Pantelis has been involved to major cloud projects in Greece and abroad, helping companies to adopt and deploy cloud technologies, driving business value. He is entitled to a lot of Microsoft Expert Certifications, demonstrating his proven experience in delivering high quality solutions. He is an author, blogger and he is acting as a spokesperson for conferences, workshops and webinars. He is also an active member of several communities as a moderator in azureheads.gr and autoexec.gr. Follow him on Twitter @papostolidis.