Getting started with CREODIAS: How to use data volumes in the CloudFerro cloud?

We are continuing a new cycle of technical guides showing how to use CloudFerro cloud infrastructure. In the second article, we focus on using storage attached to virtual machines.

PART 1: Creating and attaching volumes to virtual machines


In many cases, storage below 2TB would be sufficient:

How to attach a volume less than 2TB to Linux VM on CREODIAS

For a case where storage over 2TB would be necessary, please follow this manual:

How to attach a volume over 2TB to Linux virtual machine on CREODIAS

Please note that both manuals above looks very similar. A there is a small but significant difference in the second document where other partitioning software "gdisk" is used that is able to allocate partitions on volume over 2TB.

It is possible to create Linux machines with volume attached as persistent or ephemeral.

Articles below summarize those topics:


To create volume and attach it to Windows virtual machine, please follow:

How To Attach Volume To Windows VM On CREODIAS

PART 2: Management and backups of volumes

Extending volume used in Linux

Sometimes we underestimate space necessary for our data. Hopefully we may extend size of volume and filesystem when more space would be necessary.

How to extend the volume in Linux on CREODIAS

Moving volume between virtual machines

How to move a data volume between VMs on CREODIAS

Using volumes snapshots

How to create volume Snapshot and attach as Volume on Linux or Windows on CREODIAS

Volumes snapshots is the most convenient way of creating backups of our data.

However using snapshots as backups should take into consideration the volumes inheritance. Volume snapshot inheritance and its consequences on CREODIAS

PART 3: Sharing volume to other Virtual Machines in your environment

More advanced usage scenarios require accessing a single storage volume from many virtual machines. However, volumes created in step 1 may be attached to a single virtual machine ad block device (local drive). Fortunately, we are not limited to such usage and we can share volume via NFS (Network File System) in the project or even outside.