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View and onboard storage volumes in public cloud

In public cloud regions, for Amazon and Azure, you can work with virtual storage to create auxiliary disks.

To onboard and synchronize volumes, your user must be able to access All virtual datacenters in the tenant. 

  • By default, the platform will destroy the VM system disk (hard disk) when you undeploy or delete the VM. 
  • In the Amazon console, when you create a VM (an Amazon Instance), you can select an EBS disk and configure it as "Delete on Termination". This means that the provider will destroy the disk when you terminate the VM. If you onboard a VM with these disks into Abiquo, when you undeploy or delete the VM, the platform will destroy the disks. To keep the disks, before you undeploy the VM, detach the disks from the VM in Abiquo, and the platform will synchronize them as volumes.

Privilege: Manage virtual storage elements

Volumes of external storage can be persistent and independent of VMs.

To view all volumes of your tenant, including recently onboarded volumes:

  1. Go to Virtual datacenters → Volumes
  2. Select All virtual datacenters

To view all volumes in the platform in a public cloud region:

  1. Go to Virtual datacenters → Volumes → All virtual datacenters
  2. Select the region from the pull-down menu on the right of the screen.

To onboard volumes from a public cloud region and synchronize existing volumes,

  1. Go to Virtual datacenters → Volumes → All virtual datacenters
  2. Select the region
  3. Click the double arrow synchronize button

Create a storage volume in public cloud

API Documentation

For the Abiquo API documentation of this feature, see Abiquo API Resources and the page for this resource VolumesResource.

To create a new storage volume:

  1. Select the virtual datacenter, 
  2. Click the + Add  button and complete the form:

Create a storage volume in Amazon




Field

Description

Virtual datacenter

The Virtual datacenter where the platform will create the volume

Name

The name of the volume

Description

A description of the volume

Total size

Enter the volume size. In AWS and Azure, the minimum size is 1GB

Tier

Select the Tier that is the service level of the volume

Availability zoneIn AWS, select the Availability zone where the platform will create the volume. This must be the same Availability zone as the VM network
Controller type

In public cloud, the platform does not apply the Controller type

Controller

In public cloud, the platform does not apply the Controller

BootableIn public cloud, the platform does not apply the Bootable flag
EncryptedIn AWS, to use encryption on this disk, select Encrypted

After you create the volume, to attach it to a VM

  1. Go to Virtual datacenters and edit the VM
  2. Go to the Storage tab and drag and drop the volume. See VM storage

Modify a storage volume in public cloud

To modify a storage volume in public cloud:
  1. Go to Virtual datacenters → Volumes
  2. Select the volume and click the edit button.

Modify a storage volume in Amazon


Field

Description

Name

The name of the volume

Description

A description of the volume

Total Size

Enter the volume size. You are allowed to increase the size of the volume only. After you change the size, remember to enlarge the partitions and file system.

Controller type

In public cloud, the platform does not apply the controller type

Controller

In public cloud, the platform does not apply the controller

BootableIn public cloud, the platform does not apply the bootable flag
EncryptedIn AWS the platform supports encrypted EBS volumes. You can select the option to use encryption when you create a volume.


Using Expanded Disks

Expanding a disk can damage the data or operating system installed on the disk. You may need to apply additional operating system tools or processes before you can use an expanded disk, for example, resizing partitions and filesystems.

After resizing a disk, remember to resize the partitions and filesystems. For example, with the Linux ext3 filesystem, you can execute the following commands when logged into a shell on the VM:

 $ umount /dev/xxx (/dev/xxx is the partition of the resized volume, inside the VM)
 $ parted /dev/xxx
 # resize Y start end (Y is the partition number, and start/end of the partition varies in each case)
 $ resize2fs /dev/sdx
 

Move a storage volume to another virtual datacenter in public cloud

You can move volumes between virtual datacenters if they are not attached to a VM.

The source and destination virtual datacenters must belong to the same public cloud region and cloud tenant.

To change the virtual datacenter of a volume:

  1. Go to Virtual datacenters → Volumes
  2. Drag and drop the volume into the new virtual datacenter in the V. Datacenters list. 
  3. Click Confirm on the popup to complete the move.


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Move a storage volume to the public cloud region

You can move volumes to the public cloud region if they are not attached to a VM. This means that they will be available to move to all virtual datacenters in the public cloud region in the same tenant.

To move a volume to the public cloud region:

  1. Go to Virtual datacenters → Volumes
  2. Drag and drop the volume into All in the V. Datacenters list. 
  3. Click Confirm on the popup to complete the move.


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Delete a storage volume in public cloud

You can delete or remove volumes that are NOT attached to a VM. 

To delete a volume:

  1. Go to Virtual datacenters → Volumes
  2. Select the volume and click the    button.

When you delete a storage volume in public cloud, it will be deleted in the public cloud region and all the data on the volume will be destroyed.



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