Viewing Categories and Recommendations

View Cloud Advisor categories and recommendations. Recommendations help you reduce costs by finding and adjusting resources that are underutilized. For example, they find underutilized compute instances, over-provisioned Autonomous Database for Analytics and Data Warehousing and Autonomous Database for Transaction Processing and Mixed Workloads instances, and unattached block volumes and boot volumes.

Required IAM Policies

To use Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, you must be granted security access in a policy  by an administrator. This access is required whether you're using the Console or the REST API with an SDK, CLI, or other tool. If you get a message that you don’t have permission or are unauthorized, verify with your administrator what type of access you have and which compartment  to work in.

To get started with Cloud Advisor, an administrator must grant each user access to Cloud Advisor and to the resources that Cloud Advisor recommendations impact through an IAM policy. Each service in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure integrates with IAM for authentication and authorization, for all interfaces (the Console, SDK or CLI, and REST API).

The resource name for Cloud Advisor is optimizer-api-family. The following is an example policy to grant users access to Cloud Advisor to the resources that Cloud Advisor recommendations impact:

Allow group OptimizerAdmins to manage optimizer-api-family in tenancy

If you're new to policies, see Getting Started with Policies and Common Policies. For more information about Cloud Advisor policies, see Policy Details for Cloud Advisor.

Recommendations

Listing Recommendations

This section describes how to list and view Cloud Advisor recommendations

Using the Console

  1. Open the navigation menu and click Governance & Administration. Under Cloud Advisor, click Recommendations.
  2. Optional: To filter the list of recommendations, select the desired settings for Category, Service, and Status.
  3. Categories includes All categories, Cost management, Performance, and High availability. For information about these categories, see Cloud Advisor Categories and Recommendations
  4. In the left pane of the window, under Filters, use the Tenancies menu to choose a tenancy to display the recommendations for that tenancy.
    • All tenancies in the organization, which displays a list of all the tenancies in the organization. Scroll down to choose a tenancy to display the recommendations for.
    • Parent tenancy, which displays the recommendations for only that tenancy.
    • Child tenancy, which displays the recommendations for only that tenancy.
  5. Optional: It the upper right corner of the window, click Download CSV to create and download a CSV showing all the curent recommendations and their status. The CSV is downloaded to your default downloads folder.

Getting Recommendations

Using the Console

  1. Open the navigation menu and click Governance & Administration. Under Cloud Advisor, click Recommendations.
  2. Click the name of the recommendation you want.
To filter the resources in a recommendation list
Filter resources for a selected recommendation by compartment, tag, and region.
  1. Open the details page for the recommendation you want.
    1. Open the navigation menu and click Governance & Administration. Under Cloud Advisor, click Recommendations.
    2. Click the name of the recommendation you want.
  2. In the Filtering menu, select Compartment, Tag, or Region.
  3. If you select Compartment, in the Filter compartments dialog, make the following selections, and then click Apply filter.
    1. Select the method to use to identify the compartment: By name, By OCID, or By path.
    2. In the drop-down menu, select the compartments that the override applies to.
    3. If you want to include subcompartments, select Include subcompartments.
  4. If you select Region, in the Filter region dialog, add regions, and then click Apply filter.
  5. If you select Tag, in the Filter tag dialog, make the following selections, and then click Apply filter.
    1. For Tag namespace, in the drop-down menu, select the tag namespace that contains your tags. Cloud Advisor supports the following characters for the tag namespace field: 0-9, a-z, A-Z, _, @, -, :.
    2. For Tag key, in the drop-down menu, select the name used to refer to the tag. Cloud Advisor supports the following characters for the tag key field: 0-9, a-z, A-Z, _, @, -, :.
    3. Select either Match any value or Match any of the following.
      • If you choose Match any value, the filter applies to any resource with the tag selected in the Tag key field.
      • If you choose Match any of the following, in the drop-down menu, select or enter tag values. The filter applies only to resources with the tag key and tag values specified. The tag values can contain any UTF-8 characters except single quotation marks.
  6. (Optional) To save your filter, in the Filtering menu, click Save filter settings. In the Save current filter set dialog, enter a name, and then click Save.

Categories

Learn how to view categories.

Listing Categories

Using the Console

  1. Go to the Recommendations dashboard: Open the navigation menu and click Governance & Administration. Under Cloud Advisor, click Recommendations.
  2. Click inside Category.
    The Cloud Advisor categories are listed.

Getting Categories

Using the API

Use the GetCategory operation to get category metadata.