Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Block Volumes provide reliable, high-performance, low-cost block storage. OCI Block Volumes persist beyond the lifespan of a virtual machine, have built-in redundancy, and can scale to 1 PB per compute instance.
OCI Block Volumes provide an industry first among hyperscale cloud vendors: a performance auto-tuning feature that dynamically scales performance as demand changes. Other hyperscale cloud vendors currently only offer a performance burst, which is limited to specific storage tiers and isn’t comprehensive across multiple tiers. We offer steady, predictable, linearly scaling, sticky performance. Set your performance range anywhere between 25,000 IOPS and 300,000 IOPS and cut costs based on your daily performance needs. As a simple example, if your application uses its minimum performance 80% of the time and its maximum performance only 20% of the time, you can save up to 50% to 70%.
OCI Block Volumes use advanced, low-latency NVMe SSDs and nonblocking network connectivity for every host, which provides high IOPS to Oracle compute services. OCI Block Volumes offer the only storage performance SLA among large cloud providers.
Easily optimize storage size without provisioning constraints. Extend existing block and boot volumes from 50 GB to 32 TB while they are online without any impact to applications and workloads. Clone existing volumes or restore from backups to move to larger volumes.
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.
The elastic performance feature allows customers to select and dynamically change the performance of OCI Block Volumes. Depending on their needs, customers can choose from balanced performance, higher performance, or ultrahigh performance levels or lower-cost options, and easily change modes without rebooting. Customers can also enable Block Volume auto-tuning to dynamically scale their application’s performance as their workload demands.
Customers running a typical enterprise workload of a 1 TB block volume with 35,000 IOPS requirements can enjoy 40X the cost savings with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, higher performance volume than AWS i01, and 39X the cost savings compared to AWS io2.
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.
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% uptime.
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.
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.
Cross-region asynchronous block volume and time-coordinated volume group replication provide additional options for disaster recovery preparedness. With an RTO of less than a minute to put a replicated volume or volume group back into service, customers can replicate volumes and volume groups directly to another region. Customers pay only for the extra storage amount and network transfer cost to update the replica volumes.
Simplify business continuity after disasters with automated scheduled volume group backups which are time- and crash-consistent. These backups can also be automatically copied to another region at no additional cost beyond the underlying storage cost and any network transfer costs.
OCI Block Volumes are 58% less expensive* than the competition and deliver performance that meets or exceeds their offerings. Customers can select the capacity they need at US$0.0255 per GB/month and upgrade performance when needed—without ever going offline.
*Based on a list price comparison (September 2020) between AWS EBS General Purpose SSD (US$0.10 per GB/month) and OCI Block Volume Balanced Performance (US$0.0425 per GB/month)
OCI Block Volume prices are the same across the globe, providing customers with the ability to forecast cloud spend. By contrast, our competitors offer prices that vary across geographies. For example, OCI Block Volumes cost US$0.0425 per GB/month for balanced performance in both the US and Tokyo, but AWS EBS costs US$0.10 per GB/month in US East and US$0.12 per GB/month in Tokyo.* OCI Block Volumes are 58% and 65% less expensive than AWS EBS in the US and Tokyo, respectively.
*Based on list prices as of September 2020
OCI 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 a list price comparison (September 2020) between Oracle Standard2.4 VM (US$0.255/hour) and AWS r5.2xlarge (US$0.504/hour)
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Networking provides predictable, high-performance, and cost-efficient network transfers for Block Volume storage. Customers can save up to 83% (in North America and Europe) on outbound data transfers with the lowest data egress rates among major cloud providers*—a significant cost advantage for customers with large data transfer requirements.
*Oracle Cloud Infrastructure’s outbound data transfer charge is US$0.0085 per GB compared to US$0.0500 for AWS.
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 improved performance by 10X.
Beeline's vendor management system is a software-as-a-service solution that helps Fortune 1000 companies automate the 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 Gb/sec Oracle CIoud Infrastructure FastConnect to improve performance, consolidate data centers, address compliance, and control costs.
By default, volumes and their backups are encrypted at rest using AES-256; however, customers can also encrypt data volumes using tools such as dm-crypt, VeraCrypt, and BitLocker. Setting user-defined policies to prevent deleting data or backup copies can also help improve security and limit data loss.
Max Verun, Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle
OCI Block Volume auto-tuning provides vertical autoscaling that adjusts performance dynamically as demand changes. Customers can have significant cost savings as the volume automatically scales up and down based on their performance needs.Read the complete post
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