Come and Get It: 16 TB Block Volumes and 0.5 PB Block Storage per Compute Instance with OCI Block Volumes!

By: Max Verun | Principal Product Manager

Oracle prides itself on listening to and addressing customer feedback.  We've received many requests from customers of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure asking for larger block volume sizes and larger total block storage on compute instances.  We've heard your feedback, and today we're happy to announce that Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Block Volumes service now supports up to 16TB volumes, a significant increase from the prior limit of 2TB per volume.  Each compute instance can mount up to 32 volumes, resulting in a total of half a petabyte of block storage, up from the prior limit of 64TB per instance.  This increase will enable you to move storage-hungry workloads, such as large enterprise databases and Oracle E-Business Suite environments to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

Rest assured that the performance you expect remains the same with these new limits. We continue to offer predictable, consistent and linearly-scaling performance regardless of the volume size, as we announced back in May 2017 service update (  Announcing Block Volume Service Enhancements: Worry-Free Predictable Performance and Better Scale ). For each block volume, we provide 60 IOPS/GB and 480 KBPS/GB throughput, up to maximum 25,000 IOPS and 320 MBPS throughput per volume.

This capability is available to all Oracle Cloud Infrastructure customers pursuant to their account's block storage capacity limits.  By default, the customers will need an increase from the default limit in order to create volumes of up to 16 TB through the existing capacity request process.  These larger volumes continue to be billed at the same rate of $0.05 per GB-month, and support all of the same functionality, such as backup/restore, as prior volumes.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Block Volumes Service Characteristics
Metric or Feature Block Volumes Service Characteristics
Flexibility, Volume Sizes

Configurable: 50 GB to 16 TB (1 GB increments)

All NVMe-based

Performance: IOPS/Volume 60 IOPS/GB - up to 25,000 IOPS
Performance: Throughout/Volume 480 KBPS/GB - up to 320 MBPS
Performance: Latency/Volume Sub-millisecond latency
Performance: Per Compute Instance

32 attachments/instance, up to 0.5 PB

Up to 400K or more IOPS - near line rate throughout

Cost per GB/month 5 cents!  A single, simple option that delivers best-in-class performance and the consistency you need

We want you to experience the enterprise grade capabilities offered by Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. It’s easy to take advantage of these capabilities with $300 free credit at the Oracle Store. For additional information, see the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Getting Started Guide and Block Volumes Service.

We strive to bring value to our customers, and best-in-class 16 TB block volumes are part of this. Keep on the lookout for additional features and capabilities in this space. I and the rest of the Oracle team value your feedback as we continue to make our service the best in the industry. Send me your thoughts on how we can continue to improve or if you want more details on any topic.

Max Verun

Principal Product Manager

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Team



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