As more and more organisations dive into Azure, storage consumption continues to grow and so does the cost to businesses. Azure offers almost a limitless supply of storage, but this comes at a cost so it’s important to know exactly where that storage is going.
There are a few ways to get this information, either via the Azure portal, Azure Storage Explorer or even PowerShell. However, all these tools have limitations and to be honest, rather lacking and not that straightforward.
So first I’ll show you how to get this information using the Azure portal and Azure Storage Explorer and then show you how you can get a better picture and experience using Cloud Storage Manager.
Here you will see the consumed storage for each of your selected subscriptions and storage accounts.
This view will provide you with a quick overview of the capacity used for each storage account. Although this will tell you how much storage is being consumed, you cannot drill down to see what is consuming the storage. To go any further you need to jump into the Storage Account view, select Containers and then blindly browse each container looking for blobs and in particular the size of each blob to find out where this storage is actually going.
Another option is to use Azure Storage Explorer which is now built into the Azure portal (preview).
From here you can browse the containers of that storage account and view the size of each blob inside each container.
However, you are in the same boat as before, blindly searching through Containers looking for the size of blobs not knowing where they are. This may not be an issue if you only have 2 or 3 containers with 10 or less blobs in each. But what if you have 10, 50 or more Containers and hundreds or thousands of blobs?
How would you know which Container or blob is consuming the space? In short, you can’t, at least not easily.
Even with the full blown Azure Storage Explorer, the task is quite tedious because you have to browse each individual Container in each Storage Account and get the statistics to calculate the storage consumed. That is not a fun job.
This is where Cloud Storage Manager gives you the easiest, quickest and best experience by far.
With Cloud Storage Manager you can instantly see how much storage each Subscription, Storage Account, Container and blob is consuming. It provides you with a simple explorer like view to browse through each level.
Here you can immediately see how much storage is being consumed at every level.
As you can see, the Container has been selected on the Storage Tree pane on the left. And on the right you can select the BLOB view tab to see the blobs in that container and of course the size of each blob. The Blob view is sorted based on size, so if even if you have hundreds or thousands of blobs, you will see which ones are taking up the most space first.