High-performance, ephemeral storage
Local SSDs are physically attached to the server that hosts your VM instance. This tight coupling offers superior performance, very high input/output operations per second (IOPS), and very low latency compared to other block storage options. Local SSDs are designed for temporary storage use cases such as caches or scratch processing space. Which makes them suitable for workloads like media rendering, data analytics or high-performance computing.
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Access our highest performance block storage
Directly attaching Local SSD on the server that hosts your VM instance enables the lowest latency and highest performance storage for temporary use cases like scratch data, caches or for data replicated at higher layers.
Support a range of workloads
Different workloads require different VM shapes to achieve the best performance at the right price. Customize the VM shape to your workload or attach to predefined shapes that we offer for typical use cases like data analytics, media rendering, or gaming.
Data stored on our infrastructure is automatically encrypted at rest. With Local SSD your data is always encrypted with an ephemeral encryption key. The SSDs manage and protect these device-level encryption keys.
Fast IOPS and high-speed throughput
Choose Local SSDs when you need the highest speed ephemeral storage. Reach IOPS of 2,400,000 / 1,200,000 (read/write) and throughput up to 9,360 MBps / 4,680 MBps for 9 TB instances.
Scale as you need it
Attach up to 24 local SSD partitions for 9 TB of total local SSD storage space per instance. Or you can format and mount multiple local SSD partitions into a single logical volume.
Customizable VM shapes
Depending on your workload you may require specific memory-to-storage configuration to achieve the best performance at the right price. With Local SSD, attach custom sized disks to your VMs, allowing you to tailor your storage to your use case, needs, and budget.
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