You face a constant challenge as your business demands and handles more data every day. In addition to tackling the ever-growing demand for data storage, you must also apply patches and upgrades to your operating systems, install new applications or update your existing applications frequently. All of this places a growing demand on the size of your existing operating system disks. You need to be able to scale your existing data storage and system disks easily, without risk, and with minimal or no impact to your running applications, users, and business.
Today we're excited to announce some new capabilities that enable you to easily and quickly expand the size of your existing block storage volumes and boot volumes in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. You now have the following options:
These options are available in all regions, for all of your existing block storage volumes and the boot volumes that power your running compute instances. These volumes are all backed by the highly durable, best-in-class Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Block Volumes service.
Note that in addition to these new capabilities, when you create a compute instance, you can still specify a custom boot volume size up to 32 TB.
To expand a volume, you must first take it offline by detaching it and then follow just a few steps. This section shows you how to do this for the boot volume of a running instance and a block volume attached to that same instance, using the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Console. Before these steps, it is recommended that you perform backups for the volumes that you will expand.
If you have a volume backup and you need a larger volume with the same content, you can restore your backup to a larger volume. This applies to both boot and block volume backups. The following steps show how to do it in the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Console.
Cloning to a larger size volume is also easy, with a few clicks on the Console. As I stated in my prior blog post on deep cloning, cloning means that you are getting a new and larger volume that is completely isolated from the source volume in seconds, regardless of the volume size. This applies to both boot and block volumes.
We understand that you also need to be able to expand the size of your volumes in-place while they are online, without detaching them and without any impact to your running applications. Our road map includes giving you this ability. This announcement is an update on the first phase in our plan. Watch for more announcements about additional features and capabilities as we iterate quickly.
We want you to experience these new features and all the enterprise-grade capabilities that Oracle Cloud Infrastructure offers. It’s easy to try them out with $300 free credit. For more information, see the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Getting Started guide, Block Volumes service overview, and FAQ.
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