Is there any difference between Data monitoring and File Location monitoring when it comes to counting the number of files received and sent?
Data monitoring is specific to the Data points and it checks at the port level (send and receive port) if those files were received. Whereas the File monitoring is not specific, but it can check any folder configured in the Admin console for the file count.
In addition to message count, File monitoring captures Directory size (From 8.5 Version). In Data Monitoring, processed count is taken for monitoring, whereas in File Monitoring - count is taken even before the ports start processing the messages.