what is the exact difference between a region, availability zone, paired region and a cluster?

niloufar kianfar 0 Reputation points

What is the concept behind having 3 availability zone and the whole aspect of resiliency and redundancy when it comes to different ways in which azure allocates and distributes data across within a region, paired region and etc.

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  1. Monalla-MSFT 8,131 Reputation points

    @niloufar kianfar - Welcome to Microsoft Q&A and thanks for reaching out to us.

    The concept behind having three availability zones in Azure is to provide high availability and flexibility for applications and services running in the cloud. Each availability zone is a physically separate data center within a region, with independent power, cooling, and networking infrastructure.

    • A region is a geographical area that contains one or more data centers. Each region is independent and has its own set of services, resources, and network infrastructure.
    • An availability zone is a physically separate data center within a region that is designed to be available and fault tolerant**.** Azure has at least three availability zones in each region and defined by unique name as "Zone 1" or "Zone 2".
    • A paired region is a second region within the same geography as the primary region, which is paired with the primary region for disaster recovery purposes. The paired region is located far enough away from the primary region to ensure that it is not affected by the same disasters or events that could impact the primary region.
    • A cluster is a group of interconnected computers or servers that work together to provide a service or application. In Azure, a cluster can refer to a group of virtual machines or containers that are deployed together to provide a service or application. This means that if one availability zone goes down due to a disaster or other event, the other availability zones can continue to provide service, ensuring that your applications and services remain available.

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