AWS vs. Azure - Object Storage Monitoring

Monitoring of object storage services in the public cloud is tightly integrated with the general monitoring services (read AWS CloudWatch, Azure Monitor) of those cloud providers. The goal for this post is to discuss how monitoring is conducted.

AWS Azure
Metric Types Operation CountsHTTP Response CountBucket SizeLatencyIngress/Egress Operation CountsHTTP Response CodesAccount SizeAccount Container CountsAccount Object CountsLatencyIngress/EgressAvailabilitySpecific Error Counts
View CloudWatch MetricsS3 Dashboard Azure MonitorAzure Tables (via Storage Explorer)
Metric Intervals 1-Minute Hourly/Minute
Metrics Storage CloudWatch Metrics Azure Tables
Retention CloudWatch Defaults Configurable
Billed Yes(By Metric Captured) Yes (By Data Retained / Transactions)
Default Bucket SizeBucket Object Count Hourly MetricsAccount Container CountsAccount Object CountsAccount Size

From a metrics types perspective, both AWS and Azure capture similar types of information. The only real difference is the amount of metadata that is captured by Azure about a particular request. This allows you to monitor specific conditions (for example, SAS token failure) and respond/alert appropriately.

For more information on the metrics available in AWS, please see

For more information on the metrics available in Azure, please see

Here is an example snippit from the Azure table for the storage account I’ve been using:

Storage Account Azure Table

You can also view this data via Azure Monitor, and use the built-in tools to hack/slash as you see fit.

A dark screen from a website with white text, this is the Azure Monitor

In AWS, the default view is cloudwatch. As far as I know, there is no direct access to the underlying data.

The only other real difference to point out is the retention period. Since all storage account data is logged to Azure Tables, you can customize the service to retain only the amount of logs you require. In CloudWatch, the defaults are derived based on the interval the data is captured. The price for that storage is included when you turn on the metric.


About Shamir Charania

Shamir is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP – Azure) and has extensive experience building solutions in the cloud, from strategy to deployment to automation

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