Recommended abbreviations for Azure resource types

Azure workloads are typically composed of multiple resources and services. Including a naming component in your resource names that represents the type of the Azure resource makes it easier to visually recognize application or service components.

This list provides recommended abbreviations for various Azure resource types to include in your naming conventions. These abbreviations are often used as prefixes in resource names, so each abbreviation is shown below followed by a hyphen (-), except for resource types that disallow hyphens in the resource name. Your naming convention might place the resource type abbreviation in a different location of the name if it's more suitable for your organization's needs.


Asset type Abbreviation
Management group mg-
Resource group rg-
Policy definition policy-
API management service instance apim-
Managed Identity id-


Asset type Abbreviation
Virtual network vnet-
Subnet snet-
Virtual network peering peer-
Network interface (NIC) nic-
Public IP address pip-
Load balancer (internal) lbi-
Load balancer (external) lbe-
Network security group (NSG) nsg-
Application security group (ASG) asg-
Local network gateway lgw-
Virtual network gateway vgw-
VPN connection cn-
ExpressRoute circuit erc-
Application gateway agw-
Route table route-
User defined route (UDR) udr-
Traffic Manager profile traf-
Front door fd-
CDN profile cdnp-
CDN endpoint cdne-
Web Application Firewall (WAF) policy waf

Compute and Web

Asset type Abbreviation
Virtual machine vm
Virtual machine scale set vmss-
Availability set avail-
Managed disk (OS) osdisk
Managed disk (data) disk
VM storage account stvm
Azure Arc enabled server arcs-
Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes cluster arck
Container registry cr
Container instance ci-
AKS cluster aks-
Service Fabric cluster sf-
App Service environment ase-
App Service plan plan-
Web app app-
Static web app stapp
Function app func-
Cloud service cld-
Notification Hubs ntf-
Notification Hubs namespace ntfns-


Asset type Abbreviation
Azure SQL Database server sql-
Azure SQL database sqldb-
Azure Cosmos DB database cosmos-
Azure Cache for Redis instance redis-
MySQL database mysql-
PostgreSQL database psql-
Azure SQL Data Warehouse sqldw-
Azure Synapse Analytics syn-
SQL Server Stretch Database sqlstrdb-
SQL Managed Instance sqlmi-


Asset type Abbreviation
Storage account st
Azure StorSimple ssimp
Azure Container Registry acr

AI and Machine Learning

Asset type Abbreviation
Azure Cognitive Search srch-
Azure Cognitive Services cog-
Azure Machine Learning workspace mlw-

Analytics and IoT

Asset type Abbreviation
Azure Analysis Services server as
Azure Databricks workspace dbw-
Azure Stream Analytics asa-
Azure Data Explorer cluster dec
Azure Data Factory adf-
Data Lake Store account dls
Data Lake Analytics account dla
Event Hubs namespace evhns-
Event hub evh-
Event Grid domain evgd-
Event Grid topic evgt-
HDInsight - Hadoop cluster hadoop-
HDInsight - HBase cluster hbase-
HDInsight - Kafka cluster kafka-
HDInsight - Spark cluster spark-
HDInsight - Storm cluster storm-
HDInsight - ML Services cluster mls-
IoT hub iot-
Power BI Embedded pbi-
Time Series Insights environment tsi-

Developer tools

Asset type Abbreviation
App Configuration store appcs-
Azure Static Web Apps stap-


Asset type Abbreviation
Integration account ia-
Logic apps logic-
Service Bus sb-
Service Bus queue sbq-
Service Bus topic sbt-

Management and governance

Asset type Abbreviation
Automation account aa-
Azure Monitor action group ag-
Azure Purview instance pview-
Blueprint bp-
Blueprint assignment bpa-
Key vault kv-
Log Analytics workspace log-
Application Insights appi-


Asset type Abbreviation
Azure Migrate project migr-
Database Migration Service instance dms-
Recovery Services vault rsv-

Next steps

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