How is data stored redundantly in a zone-redundant storage account?

ML-1722 100 Reputation points
2024-05-26T11:39:39.7633333+00:00

Hi all,

I am curious about how data is redundantly stored in a zone-redundant storage (ZRS) account on Azure. I came across the SOSP paper, which described the old architecture that did not support ZRS. I understand that in the old architecture, data was replicated and stored in three copies in a stamp. Does ZRS implement synchronous replication between 3 stamps in each availability zone, or a stamp that lives across 3 availability zones? Does Azure keep additional copies of the data in each zone?

Capacity-wise, would LRS and ZRS general-purpose v2 accounts share stamps, thereby sharing the available capacity in each zone?

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  1. Sumarigo-MSFT 44,496 Reputation points Microsoft Employee
    2024-05-31T10:04:27.02+00:00

    @ML-1722 Welcome to Microsoft Q&A Forum, Thank you for posting your query here!

    There are multiple replicas that are synchronously replicated across the AZs. LRS and ZRS do not share stamps. 

    If you still have any question, please let me know I would like to work offline on this issue.


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  1. Marcin Policht 15,455 Reputation points MVP
    2024-05-26T13:11:05.0266667+00:00

    As per https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/common/storage-redundancy#zone-redundant-storage , ZRS implements synchronous replication across 3 stamps, each in a different availability zone

    Regarding capacity sharing, tbh, I don't see how that's relevant. Ultimately, that's abstracted away by the platform - ultimately, as a customer, you rely on the corresponding SLAs/performance targets. In short, I don't believe this information is available publicly.


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