Configure high availability


Azure Cosmos DB for PostgreSQL provides high availability (HA) to avoid database downtime. With HA enabled, every node in a cluster will get a standby. If the original node becomes unhealthy, its standby will be promoted to replace it.


Because HA doubles the number of servers in the group, it will also double the cost.

Enabling HA is possible during cluster creation, or afterward in the Compute + storage tab for your cluster in the Azure portal. The user interface looks similar in either case. Drag the slider for High availability from NO to YES:

ha slider

Click the Save button to apply your selection. Enabling HA can take some time as the cluster provisions standbys and streams data to them.

The Overview tab for the cluster will list all nodes and their standbys, along with a High availability column indicating whether HA is successfully enabled for each node.

the ha column in cluster overview

Next steps

Learn more about high availability.