Didn’t anyone else notice how luminous and voluminous the moon appeared to be last night? It isn’t even a full moon, yet the crescent looked so gargantuan, radiant, and full. What’s that? Cut the small talk short and get straight to the point?
Can do, folks! Well, while we’re in the domain of voluminous things, an expeditious review of volumes and volume management in the Hostwinds Cloud Portal seems fitting. Can someone say, “Turn up the volume?!”
A volume is a fixed unit of virtual storage such as a USB drive. Without further delay, we’ll outline and analyze the inner workings of volumes. Voltaire put it well when he said, “Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” That’s perfect because we’ve certainly got some questions about volumes.
What is a Volume?
Volumes would be something like a hard disk that you input into your computer device. For instance, each time you put a flash drive into your computer, the computer identifies it as a volume. A volume is detachable, and you can leave it in your device without any issues arising.
In regard to server management, a volume mounts to a server in order to add additional storage to the latter.
Another Exquisite Definition of Volume: “A volume is a detachable block storage device, similar to a USB hard drive that you can attach to only one server.”
Click below to read the riveting guide from which the quote above was extracted:
Valid Question: Can You Mount Multiple Volumes to a Server?
In so many words, yes. You can mount as many volumes to your server as you like, but you can’t attach one volume to multiple servers at the same time. If you detach your volume, on the other hand, you can mount it to another server.
Think about this in terms of USB drives. You can plug a USB drive into a computer, you can take it out, and you can do anything you like with it, however, you cannot attach it to two computers at the same time.
Various Examples of Volumes:
- A CD
- A USB Drive
- A Flash Drive
- A DVD
- A Hard Disk
A More Specific Example of How Volumes Work: When you insert a CD into your computer, the computer informs you the CD is there within your file explorer. You are able to see the CD in your file browser because the volume has mounted to your computer. The process of mounting a volume to a server is quite similar.
Definition of Mount in Relation to Volumes: A member of the Hostwinds Front-Line Support Team described mounting as, “The process of the computer making that volume storage available to you in your file system.” Your operating system is what notes and verifies the volumes.
Any reference you may read or hear concerning Hostwinds volumes pertains to servers. When you get a volume for your Hostwinds cloud server, you would attach that volume to the server.
Prerequisite to the Volume Being Able to Mount to a Device: The server has to be able to identify the specific file system in which that volume resides. The volume mounts to the server, then the volume essentially creates a files system the server can read.
Something Worth Noting About Volumes: You can use volumes to add capacity to your cloud server on the cheap. To be more specific, “There may come a time where you will run out of storage space for your site’s content, or simply need more space to hold your files. With the introduction of our Cloud VPS plans, you are able to Add external volumes to the VPS that will act as another drive with the VPS. This can be used to increase the disk space without upgrading your local disk space to the next level of resources.”
Thanks “Managing Volumes within Your Cloud VPS Server” Knowledge Base guide for that ironclad summary of the utility of volumes.
P.S. The following link will direct you to that guide:
Third Question: Why Would You Use a Volume?
We Can’t Stress This Point Enough: Use a volume to add capacity to a cloud server. It will save you money! Attaching a volume is a much cheaper way to add storage to a VPS because, in order to upgrade your disk space from one VPS tier to the next, it would cost more than the cost of attaching a volume. The max size of a volume is 500 gigabytes, and you can add up to 500 gigabytes of space to your VPS for as little as $15 a month!
Onto the Next Question: What is the Difference Between a Volume and a Partition?
Both volumes and partitions are units of storage, but they are in no way the same thing. When a drive’s storage is split up, each section is referred to as a partition. Use partitions to section off your storage so you can use each section to store something unique. For example, you can use partitions to allow yourself to work with two operating systems by storing one OS within one partition and another OS within the other.
Conversely, the volume would be like the secondary drive that is added to your server. As such, volumes can be used to accomplish tasks like backing up or mirroring data.
To sum up the impending section of this blog piece, we’re about to voyage through the Hostwinds Cloud Portal in order to examine the various actions one can take pertaining to volumes.
It’s that time for more questions again:
How Do You Manage Volumes in the Cloud Portal?
It is extraordinarily easy to manage your volumes in the Hostwinds Cloud Portal. Here, we’ll show you. Follow these steps to effectively add and organize volumes within this user-friendly control panel:
Step #1: Login to your Client Area by navigating to https://www.hostwinds.com/ and clicking the “Client Login” button as seen below
Step #2: Once you are all logged in, click the “Cloud Control” drop-down menu on the navigation bar at the top of the page >> Click “Cloud Portal”
Step #3: If you haven’t yet added a volume to your Volume Management page in the Cloud Portal, simply click the green “Create” button to the top right of the Cloud Portal >> Click “Volume”
Step #4: Fill out the pop-up form that appears on the page >> Click the blue “ADD VOLUME” button >> And you have created a new volume!
Step #5: Once you’ve created your volume or volumes, click the “STORAGE” drop-down menu on the navigation bar at the top of the Cloud Portal >> Click “Volumes”
Take a look around because you’ve made it to your Volume Management page!
Step #6: Notice the “SIZE” column. You can easily adjust your volume’s size by clicking the little pencil icon to the right of your volume’s current GB.
Step #7: Notice the “Actions” drop-down menu to the right of each of your volumes. Click this menu to Attach your volume to your preferred server, upload your volume to an image, or delete your volume.
Step #8: If you click on the “Attach Volume” link, all you have to do is select the server to which you’d like to mount your volume, then click the green “Confirm” button.
Step #9: If you click on the “Upload to Image” link, the following pop-up menu will appear:
Step #10: If you click on the “Delete Volume” link, the following pop-up menu will appear:
That pretty much covers the Volume Management overview. Now it’s time for a couple of specific questions regarding volumes.
Specific Question #1: Do You Have a Windows VPS?
If yes, check out our Knowledge Base guide outlining just how to attach a volume to your Windows VPS:
Specific Question #2: Do You Have a Linux VPS?
If yes, click below to review a guide explaining how to attach a volume to your Linux VPS:
Remember, should you have any questions about volumes or volume management in the Cloud Portal, you are always more than welcome to reach out to The Hostwinds Support Team for help.
Volumes of Appreciation
It is of great importance to all of us here at Hostwinds that we constantly improve our clients’ hosting experiences. That’s what brought about the industrious Cloud Portal, and that’s what will continue to bring new-and-improved solutions to fruition in the imminent future. Big things are on the horizon!
(Pun About Volumes Coming Your Way:) We’ve been receiving volumes of wonderful feedback from clients regarding their hosting services, and you can rest assured we listen and act accordingly!
On another note, our team would like to express our appreciation for each and every member of The Hostwinds community, or as we call it, The Hostwinds Family. Voltaire framed appreciation in the right way as he spoke these words:
“Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”
Thank you for being excellent, and thank you for being an integral part of the Hostwinds Family. Farewell for now, dear friends!