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  • December 7, 2017

New high performance NFS server in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure using Oracle Linux

Julie Wong
Product Management Director

There is now a new and easy way to provide high performance NFS shared storage on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.  With the Linux Storage Appliance, you can build a fast shared filesystem using NVMe devices attached to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure compute instances. It utilizes the same NFS features from Oracle Linux, and is packaged in an appliance developed specifically for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.   

Deployment is quick and easy on Oracle Cloud.  Simply import the Linux Storage Appliance on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure using the ‘Import Image’ feature under the ‘Image’ option from the Compute menu. Once the image is imported, the appliance is installed by launching an instance with a supported shaped instance on a configured Virtual Cloud Network on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.  The NFS share can be deployed on the following bare metal and VM cloud shaped instances (we have recently added support for six additional shapes in the December 2017 release):

  • BM.DenseIO.1.36
  • BM.HighIO.1.36
  • BM.DenseIO2.52
  • VM.DenseIO1.8
  • VM.DenseIO1.16
  • VM.DenseIO2.8
  • VM.DenseIO2.16
  • VM.DenseIO2.24

Deployment of the Linux Storage Appliance is completely automated – it detects NVMe devices, creates a RAID with supporting filesystems, and sets up a simple webserver that lets you add new NFS shares, view system, boot, and services logs, and display the server status.

Below are screenshots of features provided by the Linux Storage Appliance:

Adding a new NFS share


Linux Storage Appliance dashboard

Storage - NFS shares


In addition, there is a new feature currently available as a technology preview that lets you back up shares in the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure object store bucket, and restore them as needed.

To get started, all you need is an Oracle Cloud Infrastructure account to deploy the Linux Storage Appliance within your own tenancy.  Oracle Linux Premier Support, including the Linux Storage Appliance are available to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure subscribers at no additional cost.

You can refer to the Linux Storage Appliance How-To Guide to get you up and running quickly.

More information about the Linux Storage Appliance can be found here.

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