Improvements to Meter Names

Based on customer feedback, we are rolling out improved standardised names for Azure meter attributes that will come into effect in the week beginning 3 April 2017. These changes will make it easier for you to manage Azure resources and create a consistent taxonomy between feature pages seen on the Azure website, detailed usage data downloaded from the management portal or APIs and invoices. These changes will not affect the meter's usage data, price or unique identifier (reported as the Meter ID or Resource GUID, depending on your Azure subscription). You may need to adjust your reports to accommodate the new naming convention.

The following table includes illustrative examples of the improved meter names. The alternative names for the meter attributes are shown in parentheses for reference.

meter name format meter ID (resource guid) meter category (service name or name) meter subcategory (service type or type) meter name (resource name, resource, service resource) unit (unit of measurement) meter region (region)
Old Convention a149966f-73b4-4e1d-b335-d2a572b1e6bd Data Services SQL Database Standard S0 Database Days Days
New Convention SQL Database Standard S0 SQL DB 1 Day
Old Convention 30ab1dae-8172-4b24-aa5b-3666d3f0fde1 Storage Geo Redundant Standard IO – Table/Queue (GB) GB
New Convention Storage Tables and Queues GR Storage 1 GB
Old Convention 2005544f-659d-49c9-9094-8e0aea1be3a5 Virtual Machines A1 VM (Windows) Compute Hours Hours US Central
New Convention Virtual Machines Standard A Series A1 Windows VM A1 Hour US Central
Old Convention 6c5c3140-e894-4ecf-aacc-60137b0bc93b Networking Data Transfer Out (GB) GB Gov (US)
New Convention Bandwidth Data Transfer Out 1 GB Gov (US)

Download a detailed spreadsheet that contains all meters and their before/after attribute values. This list will be refreshed each month until the change is implemented in production, so please check regularly for updates prior to the week beginning 3 April 2017. If you need to continue to report using the old names, please use the mappings in this file.

To navigate this transition, we've also compiled instructions to help you update any reports that rely on the meter attribute names.

If you have any further questions concerning the meter attribute naming changes, please contact Azure Support.