Endurance Provisioning

Provisioning Endurance

How to order Endurance for Block Storage

  1. From the customer portal, click Storage, Block Storage.
  2. Click on Order Block Storage link in the top right corner of the screen.
  3. Select Endurance from the Select Storage Type drop-down list.
  4. Click the drop-down list and select your deployment Location (data center).
  5. Select the radio button next to the IOPS tier needed for your application(s).
    1. 0.25 IOPS per GB is designed for workloads with low I/O intensity. These workloads are typically characterized by having a large percentage of data inactive at a given time. Example applications include storing mailboxes or departmental level file shares.
    2. 2 IOPS per GB is designed for most general purpose usage. Example applications include hosting small databases backing web applications or virtual machine disk images for a hypervisor.
    3. 4 IOPS per GB is designed for higher-intensity workloads. These workloads are typically characterized by having a high percentage of data active at a given time. Example applications include transactional and other performance-sensitive databases.
  6. Click the Select Storage Size drop-down list and select your storage size.
  7. Click the Specify Snapshot Space Size drop-down list and select the snapshot size (in addition to your usable space).
  8. Choose your OS Type from the drop-down list.
  9. Click Continue. You’re shown the monthly and prorated charges with a final chance to review order details.
  10. Click the I have read the Master Service Agreement checkbox and click the Place Order button.
  11. Your new storage allocation should be available in a few minutes.

 

How to order Endurance for File Storage

  1. From the customer portal, click Storage, File Storage.
  2. Click on Order File Storage in the top right corner of the screen.
  3. Select Endurance from the Select Storage Type drop-down list.
  4. Select the storage level for your applications:
    1. 0.25 IOPS per GB is designed for workloads with low I/O intensity. These workloads are typically characterized by having a large percentage of data inactive at a given time. Example applications include storing mailboxes or departmental level file shares.
    2. 2 IOPS per GB is designed for most general purpose usage. Example applications include hosting small databases backing web applications or virtual machine disk images for a hypervisor.
    3. 4 IOPS per GB is designed for higher-intensity workloads. These workloads are typically characterized by having a high percentage of data active at a given time. Example applications include transactional and other performance-sensitive databases.
  5. Select the Usable Storage Size from the drop-down list.
  6. Choose the Snapshot Space Size (in addition to your usable space) from the drop-down list.
  7. Click the drop-down list and select your deployment Location (data center).
  8. Click Continue. You’re shown the monthly and prorated charges with a final chance to review order details.
  9. Click the I have read the Master Service Agreement checkbox and click the Place Order button.
  10. Your new storage allocation should be available in a few minutes.

 

How do I… (Note: Unless otherwise noted, the steps are the same for both Block and File Storage.)

 

Create new storage volumes?

See How to order Endurance for Block Storage or How to order Endurance for File Storage.

 

Authorize hosts to access volumes?

“Authorized” hosts are hosts that have been given access rights to a particular volume. Without host authorization you won’t be able to access or use the storage from your system. Authorizing a host to access your volume generates the Username, Password, and iSCSI qualified name (IQN), which is needed to mount the multipath I/O (MPIO) iSCSI connection.

  1. Click Storage, Block Storage or File Storage, and click on your LUN Name.
  2. Scroll to the Authorized Hosts section of the page.
  3. Click the Authorize Host link on the right side of the page. Select the hosts that can access that particular volume.

 

View the list of hosts authorized to a volume?

Use the following steps to view the list of hosts authorized to a volume.

  1. Click Storage, Block Storage or File Storage, and click on your LUN Name.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to the Authorized Hosts section.

Here you will see the list of hosts which are currently authorized to access the LUN and, specifically for iSCSI, the authentication information needed to make a connection –Username, Password, and IQN Host. The Target address is at the top of the Storage Detail page. For NFS it’s described as a DNS name and for iSCSI the IP address of the Discover Target Portal.

 

View the volumes to which a host is authorized?

You can view the volumes to which a host has access to, including information needed to make a connection – LUN Name, Storage Type, Target Address, capacity and location:

  1. Click Devices, Device List from the customer portal and click the appropriate device.
  1. Select the Storage tab.

You will then be presented with a list of storage volumes that this particular host has access to, all grouped by storage type (block, file, other). From the respective Action menus you can authorize additional storage or remove access.

 

Mount and Unmount volumes?

Block Storage on Linux

Block Storage on Microsoft Windows

File Storage on Linux

 

Revoke a host's access to a volume?

If you want to stop the access from a host to a particular storage volume you can revoke the access. Upon revoking access, the host connection will be dropped from the volume and neither operating system nor applications will be able to communicate with the volume. Note: To avoid host side issues, unmount the storage volume from your operating system before revoking access to avoid missing drives or data corruption.

 

You can revoke access from either Storage from the Device List or the Storage views.

 

Revoke access from the Device List:

  1. Click Devices, Device List from the customer portal and double-click the appropriate device.
  2. Select the Storage tab.
  3. You will then be presented with a list of storage volumes that this particular host has access to, all grouped by storage type (block, file, other). Select the respective Action menu next to the volume that you want to revoke access from and click Revoke Access.
  4. You will be asked if you want to revoke the access for a volume because the action cannot be undone. Click the Yes button to revoke volume access or the No button to cancel the action.

Note: If you want to disconnect multiple volumes from a specific host, you will need to repeat the Revoke Access action for each volume.

 

Revoke access from the Storage View:

  1. Click Storage, Block Storage or File Storage, and select the Volume from which you want to revoke access.
  2. Scroll down to the Authorized Hosts section of the page.
  3. Click the Actions drop-down arrow next to the host whose access is to be revoked, and select Revoke Access.
  4. You will be asked if you want to revoke the access for a volume because the action cannot be undone. Click the Yes button to revoke volume access or the No button to cancel the action.

Note: If you want to disconnect multiple hosts from a specific volume, you will need to repeat the Revoke Access action for each host.

 

 

Cancel a storage volume?

If you no longer need a specific volume, you can cancel it. In order to cancel a storage volume, it's first necessary to revoke access from any hosts.

  1. Click Storage, Block Storage or File Storage.
  2. Click the Actions drop-down arrow for the volume to be cancelled and select either Cancel Block Storage or Cancel File Storage.
  3. You will be asked to confirm if want to cancel the volume immediately or on the anniversary date of when the volume was provisioned. Click Continue or Close. Note: If you select the option to cancel the volume on its anniversary date, you can void the cancellation request prior to its anniversary date.
  4. Click the acknowledgment checkbox and click Confirm.

 

 

See a provisioned volume’s details?

You can view a summary the key information for the selected storage volume including additional snapshot and replication capabilities that have been added to the storage.

  1. Click Storage, Block Storage or File Storage.
  2. Click the appropriate LUN Name from the list.

 

Identify my Endurance storage volumes on my invoice?

All volumes will appear on your invoice as a line item; Endurance will appear as “Endurance Storage Service.” The rate will vary based on your storage level.