Now available: Oracle Cloud Advisor

November 3, 2020 | 3 minute read
Brent Eyler
Principal Product Manager
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Are you ever concerned that your cloud is oversized or inefficient? Do wonder if your virtual machines are the right size or if there’s unused storage that you’ve forgotten about? If so, you’re not alone. Keeping track of everything in your cloud is hard. That’s why we’ve created Oracle Cloud Advisor, a new, free service that provides easy-to-implement ways to help you reduce waste and save money in your cloud. We’ve used the tool internally to reduce resource utilization by 30-40% for typical workloads.

Recommendations for improving your cloud

Cloud Advisor is a single interface that provides a comprehensive look into the health of your cloud. It continuously evaluates your resources, searching for improvement opportunities. Available today, Cloud Advisor provides cost management and security (via Cloud Guard) recommendations. With time, it will grow to include performance and availability recommendations, offering a comprehensive view of your cloud.

The current cost management recommendations include:

  • Downsize underutilized compute instances
  • Downsize underutilized Autonomous Data Warehouse and Autonomous Transaction Processing databases
  • Attach or delete unattached block volumes or boot volumes
  • Enable object lifecycle management
  • Enable monitoring on compute instances

Each recommendation communicates the benefit and the steps required to act on it. Each recommendation is generated based on logic that you can tune to match your specific needs and risk-tolerance profile.

Get started with Cloud Advisor

To get started with Cloud Advisor, access it from the main Oracle Cloud Console menu, under Governance and Administration. To use Cloud Advisor, you need to be in your tenancy's home region.

The Cloud Advisor dashboard shows all the opportunities that Cloud Advisor has discovered in your tenancy.

A screenshot that shows the Cloud Advisor Dashboard, showing some cost management and security recommendations.

Figure 1: Cloud Advisor dashboard

The estimated savings is the amount of money that we believe you could save each month if you enact the recommendations. To learn about the underlying math per recommendation, read “How Cost Savings Estimates Are Calculated” in the service overview.

To take a closer look at your recommendations, navigate to the recommendations page. There, you can see the number of resources identified for each recommendation.

A screenshot that shows the Cloud Advisor recommendations page, listing some cost management recommendations.

Figure 2: Cloud Advisor recommendations

Not all recommendations are relevant for all customers, so you can dismiss or postpone recommendations that you don't want to think about. For the recommendations that you want to act on, click that recommendation to open a table of the underlying resources.

A screenshot that shows the detailed recommendations for downsizing underutilized compute instances.

Figure 3: Recommendation details

Looking at the resources, you can choose to implement the recommendations or to dismiss or postpone them. For resizing underutilized compute instances, you see each instance’s current size and the recommended size. For example, Cloud Advisor might suggest that a 16-core virtual machine could be resized to a 4-core virtual machine. The recommendation is based on the instance’s CPU utilization, memory utilization, and the number of in-use VNICs over the last seven days. You can customize the thresholds to determine the definition of “underutilized” to pick the values that make the most sense for you.

Each recommendation provides guidance for how to evaluate it and act on it. When you’re ready to downsize specific compute instances, Cloud Advisor provides a UI workflow for doing so.

We hope you’ll be as successful with Cloud Advisor as we have been, and we’re excited to hear your stories as you explore the tool. Over the coming months, we look forward to offering more recommendations, deeper customization and targeting capabilities, further lifecycle management controls, and more.

To learn more about Cloud Advisor, read our service documentation.

Brent Eyler

Principal Product Manager

I'm a product manager at Oracle. I work with teams to build software that delights our customers.

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