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Cloud Block Storage: Which Option Is Right For You?

In my previous post, I talked about what Cloud Block Storage is and the need to expand the storage for your Cloud Servers. We offer several options for your Cloud Block Storage drives and today I hope to help you find which one is right for you.

Our Standard volumes (SATA) storage is very similar to other offerings of our competitors. The Standard drives are the go-to option to for users who simply need to increase their hard drive size with extra storage to store things like logs, backups or images for your website. Standard volumes are the best option when you simply need a solid solution to store data.

For our users who might have a database server or an application that needs a very high performance with random reads and writes, we offer a Solid State Drive (SSD) offering to achieve that level of performance. Before, with our competitors, you would have to buy several Standard volumes and RAID them together to improve the performance. However, with our SSD offering in Cloud Block Storage you only have to purchase one drive to gain that performance.

Now, some of you might need a hybrid approach for your cloud configuration. With Cloud Block Storage, you can attach both SSD and Standard volumes to the same servers. So for the applications that might need faster indexing, you could put those indexes on the SSD volumes while you put your more persistent data (that data that just rests) on your Standard volumes. This hybrid approach gives you the ability to tailor fit the Cloud Block Storage solution to your needs.

Previously, Chuck gave an overview into what Cloud Block Storage is and how it could be beneficial to your cloud configuration. In his next post, he will talk about some of the differences between Cloud Files and Cloud Block Storage. Be sure to check out this page to find out how to get started with Cloud Block Storage on the Rackspace Cloud powered by OpenStack.

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Chuck Thier.

Chuck Thier, a Racker for six years, is a software developer who has worked on several Rackspace products, including Cloud Files and Cloud Block Storage. Chuck was on the ground floor of open-sourcing Cloud Files for OpenStack Swift.


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