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Block Volume Service Overview

Hi everyone,

I’m Lee Gates, a Product Manager with the Oracle Bare Metal Cloud team. We announced Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Services and announced General Availability on October 20th. Visit the Oracle Store to begin building your applications and solutions in the Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Service (BMCS). My team has been working hard to bring you our Block Volume Service. I'll detail a quick overview of how it works, and provide a primer on getting started.

The Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Block Volume Service provides persistent, durable, and high-performance block storage for your data. Our local NVME storage is extremely high performance and it is ephemeral. Block volumes protect your data, entire block volumes can be backed up to your object storage account, and backups can be restored to provide a complete copy of your data. Data management strategies begin with defining requirements to enable your desired data lifecycle. When you need your data to be available, resilient, and protected by an integrated backup service, a block volume is the foundation to consider first.

To get started using block volumes, let's look at the steps. Here's my console window. I have three compartments for my resources, and have not created any block volumes:

Block Volumes.png

First, let's create a new block volume. Today we have block volumes you can create and attach to a BMCS compute instance with iSCSI. I'm going to create a 256GB Block Volume in the Availability Domain AD3 and compartment already created named sandbox:

Create 256 GB Volume.png

Next, I've already got an instance running named standard in my sandbox compartment. Let's attach our new block volume to this instance from the console window:

Standard Instance.png

After attaching he new block volume, we can see it in the console window:

ISCSI commands and information.png

When I'm ready to begin using the block volume from the compute instance I need to find the ISCSI commands and information provided for the attachment details. These commands request the new block volume to be persistently attached from the compute instance.

The final step is building the filesystem. I use lsblk to verify the disks are attached, then mkfs.xfs to create partition and filesystem on the disk, and fdisk to look at the result:

lsblk mkfs fdisk.png

We're ready!  With these few steps, you can start using your block volume and start testing. Please give these features a try and send your questions and feedback. Keep watching this space to learn more about all the cool features we’re building on the Oracle Bare Metal Cloud as we continue this blog series.

Thank you, and please send ideas and topics you'd like to see covered here!

Lee Gates-Oracle
Senior Principle Product Manager
Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Team

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