How do quorum approvals work?

Once you create a quorum group in Data Management, any operation controlled by the quorum group requires approval from the group's users (or approvers) for execution. In other words, after a Data Management user initiates an operation covered by a quorum group, it will not execute immediately. Instead, a request for approval of that operation is sent to the approvers in the quorum group, where the approvers are asked to either approve or reject the request. It is also possible that approvers may fail to act on a request on time.

Quorum-protected operations execute when the approval request receives the minimum number of approvals configured in the quorum group - this could be as few as a single approval or as much as unanimous approval (that is, every approver defined in the quorum group must approve). As soon as the requested operation reaches the approval threshold defined in the quorum group (within a defined time limit), the requested operation is executed immediately.

Similarly, it’s possible that enough approvers will explicitly reject a requested operation such that it is no longer possible to reach the minimum approval threshold. In that case, the operation will be rejected and not executed.

It is also possible that some approvers will fail to act - neither approve nor request a requested operation within the time limit defined in the quorum group. In that case, optional rules defined in the quorum group may allow specific users to unilaterally approve or reject the operation as a fallback or have the operation auto-approved or auto-denied after a certain period.