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Elastic Block Storage

Block Storage service looks and smells a lot like Amazon’s EBS. You can create volumes of different performance profiles, leverage snapshot policies and more - all via our API or portal. The service is highly redundant.

Comparing our block storage service to similar offerings at other clouds, an important difference is you don’t have the benefit of a platform-managed hypervisor layer (we only offer bare metal compute and never leave an agent or any other tools/software on your server after it is deployed).

As such, there is a bit more you should know about how to troubleshoot or deal with any issues that may arise. Check out the tips below.

Legacy Sites

Elastic Block Storage is only available in Packet Core Legacy Sites: AMS1, DFW2, EWR1, NRT1, SJC1. If you do not have access to these sites, you may reach out to our support team to request it.

Performance Tiers

When you need persistent storage, with built-in replication and snapshots, our block storage product is a very useful tool. We offer two performance tiers:

  • Standard Tier ($0.000104/GB per hour) - With 500 IOPS per volume this is good for backups, dev/test, and medium use datasets.

  • Premium Tier ($0.000223/GB per hour) - With 15,000 IOPS per volume this is targeted at higher I/O heavy workloads.

Snapshots

Elastic Block Storage supports snapshot policies, which create point in time copies of your block device. Snapshots are billable based on the size of the volume at the time of the snapshot, multiplied by $0.07/GB per month (or the effective hourly rate).

Use Cases

While our Block Storage product is the perfect match for a wide variety of use cases, the first and most important step is to understand when not to use block storage.

As a general rule of thumb, databases are not a good fit for our Block Storage, especially those that are not resilient due to minor hiccups. While uncommon, even a small loss of connectivity to some databases can cause major issues.