Improvements to Meter Names

Based on customer feedback, we are rolling out improved standardized names for Azure meter attributes effective week of July 10, 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 impact 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 alternate 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 sub-category (service type or type) meter name (resource name, resource, service resource) meter region (region) unit (unit of measure)
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 US Central Hours
New Convention Virtual Machines Standard A Series A1 Windows VM US Central 1 Hour
Old Convention 6c5c3140-e894-4ecf-aacc-60137b0bc93b Networking Data Transfer Out (GB) Gov (US) GB
New Convention Bandwidth Data Transfer Out US Gov 1 GB

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 back regularly for updates prior to the week of April 3, 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 further questions concerning the meter attribute naming changes, please contact Azure Support.