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Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Block Volumes

Oracle Cloud Block Volumes provide customers reliable, high-performance block storage designed to work with a range of virtual machines and bare metal instances. With built-in redundancy, Block Volumes are persistent and durable beyond the lifespan of a virtual machine and can scale to 1 PB per compute instance.

Block Volumes product features

Advanced Block Storage

Low latency, high IOPS

Block Volumes use advanced, low-latency NVMe SSDs and non-blocking network connectivity for every host, which provides high IOPS to Oracle compute services. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Block Volumes offer the only storage performance SLA among large cloud providers.

Dynamically reconfigure and scale

Easily optimize storage size without provisioning constraints. Extend existing block and boot volumes from 50 GB to 32 TB while they are online, and without any impact to applications and workloads. Clone existing volumes or restore from backups to move to larger volumes.

Integrated data protection

All volumes have built-in durability and run on redundant hardware to achieve high reliability. Back up block and boot volumes to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Object Storage to enable frequent recovery points.

Elastic performance flexibility

Match performance with workload

The elastic performance feature allows customers to select and dynamically change the performance of OCI Block Volumes. Depending on the customer’s needs, choose from balanced performance, higher performance or lower-cost options, and easily change modes without rebooting.

More IOPS, less cost

With OCI Block Volumes, customers get from 60 IOPS per GB to a maximum of 25,000 IOPS per volume (balanced configuration) and enjoy up to 58% cost savings for general workloads with Oracle Cloud Block Volumes when compared to AWS.*
*Based on list price comparison (Sept. 2020) between AWS EBS General Purpose SSD ($0.10 per GB/mo.) to Oracle Cloud Block Volumes Balanced Performance ($0.0425 per GB/mo.)

Gain efficiency with volume groups

Volume groups allow customers to take coordinated action across a set of volumes that require management as a group. For example, perform precise, point-in-time coordinated backups and clones across all volumes in the group.

High availability with integrated backup

Highly available by design

All volumes are automatically replicated to protect against data loss. Multiple copies of data are stored redundantly across storage servers with built-in repair mechanisms. Block and boot volumes are designed to provide 99.99 percent uptime.

Block Storage cloning

Easily clone existing block volumes without initiating the backup and restore process. Create one or more direct disk-to-disk copies of an existing volume to support scale out, disaster recovery, DevTest, and production troubleshooting.

Integrated backup to Object Storage

Automated and policy-based scheduled backups allow customers to back up block and boot volumes to highly durable Object Storage automatically, without impacting running applications. Scale out copies of data for demanding applications by restoring a backup to multiple block volumes.

Scalable and secure

Scalable Block Storage
  • Dynamically scale block and boot volumes from 50 GB to 32 TB
  • Rely on up to 35,000 IOPS and 480 MB/s of throughput per volume
  • Choose from online and offline resizing and volume cloning
  • Dynamically attach or detach volumes up to 1 PB per compute instance
Data Security and Integrity
  • Encryption at rest by default using AES-256
  • Encryption in transit supported (TLS 1.2)
  • Option to supply your own encryption keys
  • Virtual Cloud Network (VCN) maximizes isolation
  • Enable rapid volume recovery with back-up to Object Storage

Better price/performance

Price/performance advantage

Oracle Cloud Block Storage is 58% less expensive* than the competition and delivers performance that meets or exceeds their offerings. Our customers can select the capacity they need, at $0.0255 per GB per month, and upgrade performance when needed—without ever going offline.
*Based on list price comparison (Sept. 2020) between AWS EBS General Purpose SSD ($0.10 per GB/mo.)and Oracle Cloud Block Volumes Balanced Performance ($0.0425 per GB/mo.)

Consistent global pricing

Block Volume prices are the same across the globe, providing customers the ability to forecast cloud spend. By contrast, our competitors offer prices that vary across geographies. For example, Oracle Cloud Block Volumes cost $0.0425 per GB/month for balanced performance in both the US and Tokyo, but AWS EBS costs $0.10 per GB/month in US East, and $0.12 per GB/month in Tokyo.* Oracle Cloud Block Volumes are 58% and 65% less in the US and Tokyo, respectively.
*Based on list prices as of September 2020

Low Virtual Machines pricing

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Virtual Machines are optimized for performance, flexibility, and cost. Oracle’s Standard2.4 VM instance is 49% less expensive than an AWS r5.2xlarge instance.*
*Based on list price comparison (Sept. 2020) between Oracle Standard2.4 VM ($0.255/hr.) and AWS r5.2xlarge ($0.504/hr.)

Low networking prices

Oracle Cloud networking infrastructure is fast, predictable, and inexpensive. Low pricing saves customers up to 83% (in North America and Europe) on outbound data transfer with the lowest data egress rates ($0.0085 per GB) from a major cloud provider* — a significant cost advantage for customers with large data transfer requirements.
*Oracle Cloud Infrastructure outbound data transfer charge is $0.0085 per GB compared to $0.0500 for AWS

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Business application portfolio runs faster on Oracle Cloud

Maritz’s business units moved an entire application portfolio, including Oracle E-Business Suite, Vertex, and custom applications running on Oracle WebLogic Middleware and Oracle Database to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Since migrating their production workloads to Oracle Cloud, Maritz has seen a 10X improvement in performance.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Block Volumes use cases

  • Beeline leverages Oracle Cloud Block Volumes and Bare Metal

    Beeline's vendor management system is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that helps Fortune 1000 companies automate end-to-end management of all types of contingent labor, from sourcing to payment. Beeline relies on OCI Block Volumes, Exadata, and OCI Object Storage, as well as 10 Gbps Oracle CIoud Infrastructure FastConnect to improve performance, consolidate data centers, address compliance, and control costs.

    Read Beeline’s story

  • Securing Block Volumes with encryption and policies

    By default, volumes and their backups are encrypted at rest using AES-256; however, customers can also encrypt data volumes using tools like dm-crypt, veracrypt, and Bit-Locker. Setting user-defined policies to prevent deleting data or back-up copies can also help improve security and limit data loss.

    Learn more about securing block volumes

July 29, 2020

Auto-tune Detached Block Volumes for Cost Savings

Max Verun, Principal Product Manager, Oracle

For Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Block Volumes customers, you can now tune the performance of your detached volumes to the ‘Lower Cost’ setting automatically. With this new capability, your volumes stay in a detached state, creating significant cost savings.

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