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Manageable and Versatile Boot Disks: Announcing Boot Volumes for Compute!

Max Verun
Principal Product Manager

We're excited to announce that starting today all Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute instances are now launched with boot volumes as their default system boot disks. Boot volumes are created and managed by the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Block Volumes service, and thus offer many significant improvements over traditional local boot disks: 

  • Separate life cycle for boot volume and its compute instance: First and foremost, you now have the ability to save your boot volume and its data when you terminate a compute instance. You can then use the saved boot volume for creating a new instance. 

  • Highly durable: Like all other block volumes, the boot volumes also have multiple replicas across an availability domain, giving you peace of mind that your compute instances are protected.

  • Scalable: When you terminate your instance, you can save its boot volume and create a new Bare Metal or VM instance with the same or different shape to quickly and easily scale.

  • Blazing fast instance launch times: All VM Linux instances launch within a minute, and VM Windows instances launch within 5 minutes.

  • Encrypted by default: Boot volumes are encrypted by default just like all other block volumes that are stored on Oracle's secure Block Volumes service.

  • Easily troubleshoot and repair your boot disks and OS images: Having a problem with a compute instance and you suspect something is wrong with the boot disk, such as hardware failure or misconfigured OS? No worries... You can now stop the troubled instance, detach the suspect boot volume and attach it as a block storage to any other instance in order to troubleshoot issues with your boot disk, and reattach it to your original compute instance, or create a new instance from it.

Boot volumes can be easily managed on the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure console, as well as by CLI, API and SDK.

Here are a few examples of how easy it is to manage them: 

  • A boot volume is created automatically when you launch a compute instance. The instance is live within a minute.

  • You can see the details of the boot volume and manage it in the Storage tab of the console.

  • To troubleshoot a boot volume, stop its compute instance, and then detach the boot volume from that instance.

  • Attach the boot volume as a block volume to another instance for troubleshooting.

  • After you've finished troubleshooting, detach, reattach to the original instance, and restart the instance.

  • When you terminate a compute instance, you have the option to save its boot volume

  • You can launch a new instance, Bare Metal or VM, with the same or different shape than the original one you had, using the boot volume you saved. 

Boot volumes are priced at the same competitive rate as Block Volumes.

We want you to experience the new manageable and versatile boot volumes enhancement along with all the enterprise grade capabilities the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure offers. 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, Compute and Block Volumes Service.

We strive to bring value to our customers by listening to their feedback and boot volumes for compute instances is another example of this. Like all block volumes, the newly announced boot volumes also offer the same performance, durability, security and manageability advantages. Stay tuned 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

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