Improvements to meter names
Published date: 27 June, 2018
A common request from our customers and partners has been to make the names of our usage meters more consistent and easier to understand.
Effective August 17, 2018, we’ll introduce improved standardized meter names for Azure Virtual Machines. Meter name changes for all other services will be effective the first week of October 2018.
These changes will make it easier for you to manage Azure resources and create a consistent taxonomy between feature pages on the Azure website, detailed usage data, APIs, and invoices. Although these changes will not affect the usage data, rates, or unique identifier (reported as the meter ID or resource GUID), you'll need to adjust your reports to accommodate the new naming conventions.
As a part of the improvements, you will see changes to the region name and unit of measure in October, in addition to the meter category, meter sub-category, and meter name changes effective in August. Region names will change as follows: 'USGov' to 'US Gov,' 'Gov (US)' to 'US Gov Zone 1', 'DoD (US)' to 'US Gov Zone 2', and 'DE (Trustee)' to 'DE Zone 1.'
See the following table for illustrative examples of name changes.
Name Convention Type
Meter ID (Resource GUID)
Meter Category (Service Name or Name)
Meter Sub-Category (Service Type or Type)
Meter Name (Resource Name, Resource, Service Resource)
Meter Region (Region)
Unit (Unit of Measure)
Premium Elastic DTU Pack
Elastic Pool - Premium
Standard IO - Block Blob (GB)
General Block Blob
GRS Data Stored
A1 VM (Windows)
A Series Windows
You can download a detailed spreadsheet that contains all meters and their before/after attribute values. This list will be refreshed each month until all changes are implemented in production by the first week of October 2018, so please check back regularly for updates. If you need to continue to report using the old names, use the mappings in this file.
We’ve also compiled instructions to help you update any reports that rely on the meter attribute names. You can also find localized versions of the mapping file on the instructions page. If you have questions, contact Azure Support.