/ Three types of storage
We offer storage for three purposes; instances, volumes and Object Store.
Each instance your create, is stored on full SSD block storage. This ensures that your instances have sufficient disk performance.
We have block storage available for you to create volumes and link them to your instances. Depending on the type of data you want to store, you can choose from full SSD or file & archive storage. If desired, you can also move the data between these two storage options. The Horizon dashboard or OpenStack API allows you to easily manage your volumes.
Where full SSD offers the best price/performance, file & archive storage delivers the best price/capacity. This storage tier, based on 7.2K SATA disks, is highly suitable for storing files that require little access. This includes backup files or archive databases. Also, mail server data stores or data disks that are not used intensively, can make good use of this.
In addition to instance and volume block storage, we also offer Object Store. This type of storage is capable of processing large amounts of data, storing images, media files, documents, and backups. You can manage the Object Store via a convenient API or URL.
/ Your data stored in three places by default
Our storage environment, like all other components in our OpenStack platform, is fully redundant. Since data is so important, we have chosen to store it even three times. We do this by default at no additional cost.
The underlying infrastructure is based on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers due to their reliability, stability and performance. We use Ceph so you can rely on a correct operation with high reliability in data availability and a wide range of functionalities.
/ Pay per use
As with all other OpenStack components, you will not be charged until you make use of is. In case of instance storage, we charge you when you create a new instance. The same applies to volumes; you pay for the storage you use. At least for one hour and for as long as the storage is present.
Look for a complete overview on the OpenStack price overview.
You get full access and various functionalities to manage your storage. For example, when creating instances and volumes, you can choose an availability zone and between the storage tiers full SSD and file & archive storage. If your need for a volume changes, you can increase it or convert it to any other storage tier at any time.
You can create multiple snapshots of your instances and volumes. You can use the snapshot to create new volumes and instances.
If you own multiple OpenStack accounts – think of DTAP environments or multiple development teams – you can migrate volumes to another account, thus allowing you to segment.
The above-mentioned features can be used via the Horizon Dashboard and OpenStack API.