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dataflows and service storage query



I have a question as to what is stored within the power BI service storage space and what is processed in the memory but not stored.


I'm in the process of creating several large sequencial dataflows, 

The first dataflow beind a upload from a source (lets call  this input). 

After this there can be muliple dataflows feeing from the input dataflow and i want to understand just want data is the storage space used for.


for example lets say "input" has 3 entities each of 10gb


transform 1 is fed from input using 2 of the entities (entity_1+entity_2), these are merged into another entity "tranform_1_output" which is 7gb in size


transform 2 if fead from transform 1 output and input entity 3, in this dataflow input_entity_3 is referenced and grouped into a a new entity (trans_2_groupings) which is 3gb in size this is merged as new with the transform 1 output to create a final entity (Desired_output) which is 5gb in size.


My questions is how much storage space is used in the service.  


I am thinking there are 2 options.


the first being all entities have enable load ticked:

             Input - 3 entities 5gb each = 15Gb

             Transform 1 - 2 intial entities (5Gb) each (10gb) + output entity (7gb) = 17gb

             Transform 2 - tranform 1 output (7Gb) + input_entity_3 (5Gb) + trans_2_grouping (3Gb) + Desired_output (5GB) = 20GB

       Total Storage = 52Gb


Option 2 where apart form the input dataflow all other dataflows only have enable load on the final entity

             Input = 15Gb

             Transform 1 = 7Gb

             Transform 2 = 5Gb

        Total Storage = 27Gb


then again both these may be wrong but if someone knows can you let me know thanks


(this is just an example dataflow sizes and compexity are much bigger)



Re: dataflows and service storage query

Hi , @Coffeeaddict 

Azure Data Lake storage is Microsoft cloud storage that can store structured data (like tables) and unstructured data (like files).

Maybe you  can  get some information   about powerbi dataflow  storage in   Azure Data Lake Storage resources by using Storage Explorer.


You can refer to these related posts.




Best Regards,
Community Support Team _ Eason


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Re: dataflows and service storage query

Thanks for the reply, 


I was unable to find out any information about which elements of a dataflow increase storage size and i do not have access to the azure storage explorer to conduct any testing if unticking enable load just processes those entities in memory or still stores the data within the azure storeage enviroment.



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