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IdentityServer itself is stateless and does not require server affinity - but there is data that needs to be shared between in multi-instance deployments.
This typically includes:
The way you store that data depends on your environment. In situations where configuration data rarely changes we recommend using the in-memory stores and code or configuration files. In highly dynamic environments (e.g. Saas) we recommend using a database or configuration service to load configuration dynamically.
For certain operations, IdentityServer needs a persistence store to keep state, this includes:
You can either use a traditional database for storing operational data, or use a cache with persistence features like Redis.
Duende IdentityServer includes storage implementations for above data using EntityFramework, and you can build your own. See the data stores section for more information.