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Block & file storage upgraded in Europe and Australia data centers

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Block & file storage upgraded in Europe and Australia data centers

IBM Cloud data centers in Australia and Europe are now equipped with the new Block & File Storage architecture – featuring enhancements like flash-backed design with encryption-at-rest, granular volume sizes at the TB level, higher IOPs and more. Now is the time to migrate if you have Block and File Storage in one or more of the upgraded data centers. Check out the details and How-To steps below!

What’s new
• Data-at-rest encryption: Protect your sensitive data with provider-managed industry standard protocols.
• Flash-backed storage: Block storage at 2 IOPS/GB or higher is flash-backed for durability and size.
• 88{07c2b926d154bd5dc241f595a572d3349d41d98f2484798a4a616f4fafe1ebc0} increase in IOPS max: Meet the most demanding I/O requirements with 48k IOPS – now available when provisioning with Performance options.(1)
• Granular volume sizes: Stop doubling your costs just to double your storage capacity. TB increments are now available when provisioning with both Endurance and Performance options (available in all datacenters worldwide).
• Snapshots and replication: Capture point-in-time snapshots and disperse for business continuity – now available when provisioning with Performance options.(2)

IBM Cloud data centers with new upgrades
• Sydney, Australia: SYD01
• Melbourne, Australia: MEL01
• London, England: LON02
• Amsterdam, The Netherlands: AMS03
• Frankfurt, Germany: FRA02
• Oslo, Norway: OSL01
• Dallas, TX: DAL09, DAL10, DAL12, DAL13
• San Jose, CA: SJC03
• Washington, DC: WDC04

Additional IBM Cloud data center availability coming in 2017.

Q&A
“If I have non-encrypted block and file storage already provisioned in an upgraded data center can I encrypt it now?”
Data on non-encrypted storage in an upgraded data center can be encrypted by creating a new block or file LUN/volume then copied to the new volume with host based migration.

Learn how to migrate your block storage here.

Learn how to migrate your file storage here.


“How do I know if I’m provisioning block and file storage in an upgraded data center?”

All upgraded data centers are denoted with an asterisk in the ordering portal. You’ll see an icon in your storage list that shows that volume or LUN is encrypted. All encrypted LUNS/volumes are in upgraded data centers.

“I have VSI/bare metal in those data centers. Where can I estimate some block and file storage costs?”
You can estimate your block and file storage costs with our online calculator.

These improvements deliver a more consistent feature set within the current block and file provisioning options, and help our customers effectively manage their storage growth costs. We really couldn’t be more excited about the new direction block and file storage is headed in 2017 – and invite you to comment below on what you think!

 

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Legal disclaimers:
1. 48,000 IOPS provisioned within Performance options is currently available in SYD01, MEL01, LON02, AMS03, FRA02, OSL01, DAL09, DAL10, DAL12, DAL13, SJC03, and WDC04datacenters. 48,000 IOPS provisioned within Endurance tiers is available in all datacenters.
2. Snapshots and replication provisioned within Performance options is currently available in SYD01, MEL01, LON02, AMS03, FRA02, OSL01, DAL09, DAL10, DAL12, DAL13, SJC03, and WDC04 datacenters. Snapshots and replication provisioned within Endurance tiers is available in all datacenters.
3. Flash-backed storage is available with 2 IOPS/GB tier options and higher and is currently available in SYD01, MEL01, LON02, AMS03, FRA02, OSL01, DAL09, DAL10, DAL12, DAL13, SJC03, and WDC04 datacenters.
4. Encryption for data at rest is currently available in SYD01, MEL01, LON02, AMS03, FRA02, OSL01, DAL09, DAL10, DAL12, DAL13, SJC03, and WDC04 datacenters. All encrypted File Storage volumes provisioned in the select data centers have a different mount point than non-encrypted volumes. View the mount point information in the Volume Details page in the UI as well as access the correct mount point via an API call: SoftLayer_Network_Storage:getNetworkMountAddress() to ensure you are using the correct mount point for both your encrypted and non-encrypted file storage volumes.

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