Linode Block Storage (beta)
What is the Linode Block Storage service?
The Linode Block Storage service allows you to create and attach additional storage volumes to your Linode instances. These storage volumes persist independently of Linode instances, but can easily be attached from one Linode to another without the need to reboot. Volumes attached to Linodes appear as block devices and can be formatted and mounted just like any other block device.
Block Storage Volumes are highly available with 3x replication. They're fast - built on great engineering, NVMe/SSD hardware, and a fast network. They're affordable - $0.10 per GB (free during the beta) and no usage fees. They're cloud: elastic, scalable, expandable, resizable, etc. You can hot-plug them into and out of running Linodes. Oh, and you can boot off of them, too.
What can I do?
- Create Volumes
- Remove Volumes
- Resize Volumes
- Attach a Volume to a Linode
- Detach a Volume from a Linode
- Add Volumes to your Linode Configuration Profile block device assignments (changes take effect next boot)
Snapshotting, cloning, and Volume backups are not implemented - but may be in the future.
Can I attach a Volume to multiple Linodes?
Nope. A Volume can only be attached to one Linode at a time.
How big of a Volume can I create?
Between 1 GB and 1024 GB for now. This is a beta, after all. After the beta, the max volume size may be larger.
How many Volumes can I attach to a Linode at the same time?
Up to 8.
Can I mount Volumes across datacenters?
No. Volumes and instances must be in the same region.
Is there API support?
Yes. Documentation coming soon!
How does the beta work?
How can I get in on this?
- The beta is free - there will be no storage costs.
- Volumes can only be created in our Newark, NJ datacenter. You will need to have at least one Linode there.
- Let's be honest - this is a beta. You probably shouldn't store any data on it that you can't afford to lose.
The Block Storage beta is public. You can click Manage Volumes
off the Linode index page
. We'd very much appreciate any testing and feedback. You're welcome to reply to this thread or create a new one in the beta category, or email us, or open a ticket - whatever works.