Having a hard time understanding the difference between Availability Zones and Data Centers. AWS explains it clearly; Azure, not so much. So here is what I understand: A region contains multiple AZs. Within each AZ are DCs. But the explanations I am seeing about AZs leads me to believe that AZs are infact DCs. Any clarification will be appreciated.
I think this covers it quire well. – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/availability-zones/az-overview
Think of it this way.
Lets say you built a new AZ somewhere and you are not sure how busy it would be. So you build your datacenter with maybe 20% spare capacity.
Then it get s popular. What to do ?
a) tear it down and start over ?
b) buy the site across the road and build another datacenter ?
The answer is b). And when that starts to fill up. rinse and repeat.
I hope that helps
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So, when you built that DC initially, you did not know that it will become an AZ?
I am a bit confused also, AWS explained this well about their REGION and their AZ. It seems that in AZURE they use a same terminology by naming their DCs and location, but the explanation is confusing. Here is my understanding, Azure Region is a set of DC that are close enough to each other (meaning its a physical DCs???). Then inside their Region there is a AZ, it should be 2 or 3 AZs within a REGION? is it right?
Some one please can explain more clearly. 🙂 Thanks!
Google cloud defines Regions are independent geographic areas that consist of (availability) zones.
Questions are also wrong.
1) What is an availability zone?
CORRECT? – One or more datacenters equipped with independent power, cooling, and networking.
WRONG? – One of more datacenters that are close together to provide backup.
2) What is an Azure region?
CORRECT? – A set of datacenters close together.
WRONG? – One or more datacenters equipped with independent power, cooling, and networking.
To my understanding, from above replies and AWS and what is written in the answers, it would mean that availability zones are exactly same as a region.
Whereas availability zone == datacenter, region == set of availability zones == set of datacenters? Or I am also wrong?