What is Block Storage? What is the difference between Block Storage and a Volume?
The Block storage or block-level storage is a technology used for storing data usually on Storage Area Networks (SANs) or cloud-based storage environments. The data is stored in fixed-sized raw storage capacity or volumes. Each volume on Block Storage is independent of its other volumes or even the primary disk of the VPS product. However, data on a volume can only be accessed through a VPS.
One of the advantages of this product is that each Volume appears as a separate Mount Point on your server, and hence can be used as a Local Disk (or Additional Disk).
Thus, Block Storage is a technology for data storage, whereas Volumes are what you purchase and use as additional disks.
This new Block Storage product at <#brandname> gives you scalability and flexibility to use the storage as per your need.
Key features of this product are:
- All SSD Block Storage for high performance
- Highly Available & Remote Storage
- Choose the Exact Size
- Use multiple volumes with a VPS
- Resize existing volumes up to 500 GB with ease (Coming Soon)
- Move volumes to other VPS under your account (Coming Soon)
- Persistent Data Availability - Detach volumes from the server to retain your data
This new Block Storage product is currently available only with VPS USA (SSD) plans.
Although the older VPS USA (HDD) plans support Storage addon, the addons lifecycle is restricted only to the VPS with which it is purchased.
Can I move my Block Storage Volume?
Currently, we do not support the Move Service feature for Block Storage (Volumes). Therefore, you cannot move a volume from an existing customer account to a new one.
Further, if a VPS has a volume attached to it, the VPS’ move action will not go through either. To complete the move of such a VPS, its volume needs to be detached. You can contact our Support team for assistance.
What will happen if I delete my VPS order?
Since volumes have their own expiry dates, deletion of a VPS will not have any effect on the volumes that are attached to it. This feature gives you the flexibility to retain your critical data on volume (persistent data) and associate it with any VPS plan of your choice at a later point.
When a VPS (with a volume attached to it) is deleted we automatically detach any additional volume, thus preserving the volume and its data.
The primary volume (/dev/vda) associated with the VPS will NOT be retained.