How to Share Block Volume with Multiple Instances Using Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

How to Share Block Volume with Multiple Instances Using Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

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How to Share Block Volume with Multiple Instances Using Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure’s (OCI) Block Volume feature allows users to attach a block volume to multiple compute instances. This is a great improvement from the previous limitation of being able to attach block volumes to only one compute at a time. This makes it easy to design Cloud solutions and lowers storage costs.

The diagrams here show how Block Storage can be shared in the read-write mode (shown on the Right) and in the read-only mode shown on the left side.

Figure 1: Sharing Block Storage in Read-Write Mode

Figure 1: Sharing Block Storage in Read-Write Mode

More about OCI Block Volume:

  • Default attachment from Compute is non-shareable with exclusive read/write
  • Options include “Read/Write Sharable” and “Read-Only Sharable” in contrast other vendors provide only Read-Only block volumes and there are limitations for shareable Read-Write attachments
  • Read-only attachments are available in sharable mode for multiple instances
  • Concurrency access control or cluster-ware solution for Read-only sharable block volume across multiple readers not needed
  • Volume groups, disk-to-disk Clones, and automated backups are available for shared block volumes
  • Available in all regions via OCI Console, CLI, SDK, and Terraform

Figure 2: Block Volume Options

Figure-2-Block-Volume-Options

Possible Use Cases

Sharing block volumes with multiple instances can be useful in various deployments and system designs, as shown below:

  • Shared Files System for Databases
  • Centralized Log files for Distributed System
  • Shared Catalog with Single Writer/Multiple Readers
  • Shared Disk for Patching

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