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Block Storage Overview

What is Block Storage?

Block storage is a data storage type where data is kept in volumes, "blocks," acting as individual drives. These blocks can be configured and moved around a storage area network (SAN). It is the most common type of storage used for applications, RAID arrays, and virtual machines. Block storage systems lack metadata but are familiar and easy to work with, performant, and can be used across distributed systems, at relatively low loss to efficiency.

Block-level storage is commonly associated to and managed within storage area networks (SANs). It is distinguished from object storage, where data is stored with customizable metadata and tags which describe the data. Block storage is supplied by cloud service vendors providing IaaS. It may be available as an add-on to a product or available standalone for any purpose. Vendors offer inbuilt security for block storage services, such as data encryption, restricted (e.g. read only) access, and may offer performance and access SLAs. Pricing may be dynamic (e.g. pay-as-you-go), or packaged, depending on the vendor.

Block Storage Products

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StorPool is a block-storage software that uses standard hardware and builds a storage system out of this hardware. It is installed on the servers and creates a shared storage pool from their local drives in these servers. Compared to traditional SANs, all-flash arrays, or other storage software Stor…

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The Zadara Cloud Platform, from Zadara in Irvine, provides enterprise storage as a service, providing block storage, object storage, or file (NAS) storage in the cloud.

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Microsoft's Managed Disks service on Azure are the company's recommended disk storage offering for use with Azure virtual machines for persistent storage of data.

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IBM offers their Block Storage service via IBM Cloud, allowing users to deploy and customize flash-backed iSCSI block storage from 25 GB to 12,000 GB capacity with up to 48,000 IOPS.

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NetApp's Cloud Volumes ONTAP combines data control with enterprise-class storage features for various use cases, including file shares and block-level storage serving NAS and SAN protocols (NFS, SMB / CIFS, and iSCSI), Disaster Recovery (DR), Backup and Archive, DevOps, Databases (SQL, Oracle, NoSQL…

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DigitalOcean's Droplets is designed to help the user spin up a virtual machine in just 55 seconds. Standard, General Purpose, CPU-Optimized, or Memory-Optimized configurations provide flexibility to build, test, and grow an app from startup to scale.