Vultr Storage Instances



  • I've been looking off and on for a few months now for Vultr Storage Instances. All locations seem to be temporary sold out at all times. Am I right in thinking the few times new instances come available are bought immediately? Or is Vultr phasing these out and are just saying they're temporary sold out?



  • I hope they're just selling out as fast as they put new hardware in place, but I don't know any more than you do.



  • Other people have asked the same thing. They are definitly not phasing it out, they just can't buy and rack handware fast enough to meet the demand. They have millions of users with alerts set up, so the instant that capacity comes online, people snag it via the alerts. If you are just watching for capacity to be available, you will almost never see any. I spoke to them about it and they are definitely not phasing it out.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    Other people have asked the same thing. They are definitly not phasing it out, they just can't buy and rack handware fast enough to meet the demand. They have millions of users with alerts set up, so the instant that capacity comes online, people snag it via the alerts. If you are just watching for capacity to be available, you will almost never see any. I spoke to them about it and they are definitely not phasing it out.

    I figured as such. I'm configured to get alerts now 🙂



  • I got lucky.. Scott got the alert while he and I were talking, and i was able to snag one. They do come, but they sell out super fast.



  • I don't see how this is better than block storage attached to the instance? It's less flexible and potentially costs more depending on how much you need to store.



  • I can't see the price now, but perhaps it's cheaper than SSD VM + Block storage, if SATA storage meets your needs.



  • @eddiejennings said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    I can't see the price now, but perhaps it's cheaper than SSD VM + Block storage, if SATA storage meets your needs.

    I thought all their storage was SSD?



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    What the heck does that mean?



  • @dashrender said in Vultr Storage Instances:

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    What the heck does that mean?

    SSD not spinning rust.



  • SSD based would make more sense - but since they are talking about this thing called Block Storage - I suppose this would be OK grammar as well.



  • @dashrender said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    @eddiejennings said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    I can't see the price now, but perhaps it's cheaper than SSD VM + Block storage, if SATA storage meets your needs.

    I thought all their storage was SSD?

    I'm pretty sure their Storage Instances were SATA. I only had a chance to see the details briefly a while back.



  • @dashrender said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    SSD based would make more sense - but since they are talking about this thing called Block Storage - I suppose this would be OK grammar as well.

    I think it's common nomenclature in this case. The block storage is backed by SSDs. It's understandable either way.



  • @eddiejennings said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    @dashrender said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    @eddiejennings said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    I can't see the price now, but perhaps it's cheaper than SSD VM + Block storage, if SATA storage meets your needs.

    I thought all their storage was SSD?

    I'm pretty sure their Storage Instances were SATA. I only had a chance to see the details briefly a while back.

    well, my quoted portion seems to show that currently it's SSD based/backed.



  • @dashrender said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    @eddiejennings said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    @dashrender said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    @eddiejennings said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    I can't see the price now, but perhaps it's cheaper than SSD VM + Block storage, if SATA storage meets your needs.

    I thought all their storage was SSD?

    I'm pretty sure their Storage Instances were SATA. I only had a chance to see the details briefly a while back.

    well, my quoted portion seems to show that currently it's SSD based/backed.

    Their block storage offerings != storage instance.



  • @dashrender said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    @eddiejennings said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    @dashrender said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    @eddiejennings said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    I can't see the price now, but perhaps it's cheaper than SSD VM + Block storage, if SATA storage meets your needs.

    I thought all their storage was SSD?

    I'm pretty sure their Storage Instances were SATA. I only had a chance to see the details briefly a while back.

    well, my quoted portion seems to show that currently it's SSD based/backed.

    I think you are talking about two different things. Their block storage is backed by SSDs. I don't believe that to be the case with their storage instances.

    I can't find any documentation to back this up so you may be right though.



  • @eddiejennings said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    I can't see the price now, but perhaps it's cheaper than SSD VM + Block storage, if SATA storage meets your needs.

    It's $0.10 per GB. So a $2.50 instance with 50 GB would only be $7.50. 100 GB would only be $12.50 then. Plus the added benefit of being able to move your storage to another server. If the VM hoses up for some reason, you can just reattach to a new one.



  • @coliver said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    @dashrender said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    @eddiejennings said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    @dashrender said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    @eddiejennings said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    I can't see the price now, but perhaps it's cheaper than SSD VM + Block storage, if SATA storage meets your needs.

    I thought all their storage was SSD?

    I'm pretty sure their Storage Instances were SATA. I only had a chance to see the details briefly a while back.

    well, my quoted portion seems to show that currently it's SSD based/backed.

    I think you are talking about two different things. Their block storage is backed by SSDs. I don't believe that to be the case with their storage instances.

    I can't find any documentation to back this up so you may be right though.

    I'm pretty sure you're right that the storage instances are SATA.



  • @stacksofplates said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    @eddiejennings said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    I can't see the price now, but perhaps it's cheaper than SSD VM + Block storage, if SATA storage meets your needs.

    It's $0.10 per GB. So a $2.50 instance with 50 GB would only be $7.50. 100 GB would only be $12.50 then. Plus the added benefit of being able to move your storage to another server. If the VM hoses up for some reason, you can just reattach to a new one.

    I meant the price of the storage instances. I see the benefits of having separate block storage.



  • @eddiejennings said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    @stacksofplates said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    @eddiejennings said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    I can't see the price now, but perhaps it's cheaper than SSD VM + Block storage, if SATA storage meets your needs.

    It's $0.10 per GB. So a $2.50 instance with 50 GB would only be $7.50. 100 GB would only be $12.50 then. Plus the added benefit of being able to move your storage to another server. If the VM hoses up for some reason, you can just reattach to a new one.

    I meant the price of the storage instances. I see the benefits of having separate block storage.

    I'm saying I think it's comparable. I think a 120 GB storage instance was around $10 a month, I think. So for the small extra price you get pretty much exactly the same storage (VM storage plus 100GB of block) and the added benefit of being able to move your data.



  • So according to this site it was $5 for 125GB.

    https://vultrcoupons.com/vultr-price-vultr-local-storage-vls/

    Still to me, the benefits of going the other way make it worth the cost.



  • @stacksofplates said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    @eddiejennings said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    @stacksofplates said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    @eddiejennings said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    I can't see the price now, but perhaps it's cheaper than SSD VM + Block storage, if SATA storage meets your needs.

    It's $0.10 per GB. So a $2.50 instance with 50 GB would only be $7.50. 100 GB would only be $12.50 then. Plus the added benefit of being able to move your storage to another server. If the VM hoses up for some reason, you can just reattach to a new one.

    I meant the price of the storage instances. I see the benefits of having separate block storage.

    I'm saying I think it's comparable. I think a 120 GB storage instance was around $10 a month, I think. So for the small extra price you get pretty much exactly the same storage (VM storage plus 100GB of block) and the added benefit of being able to move your data.

    As well as a much more performant VM.



  • @eddiejennings said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    @dashrender said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    @eddiejennings said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    I can't see the price now, but perhaps it's cheaper than SSD VM + Block storage, if SATA storage meets your needs.

    I thought all their storage was SSD?

    I'm pretty sure their Storage Instances were SATA. I only had a chance to see the details briefly a while back.

    They are.



  • @stacksofplates said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    @eddiejennings said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    I can't see the price now, but perhaps it's cheaper than SSD VM + Block storage, if SATA storage meets your needs.

    It's $0.10 per GB. So a $2.50 instance with 50 GB would only be $7.50. 100 GB would only be $12.50 then. Plus the added benefit of being able to move your storage to another server. If the VM hoses up for some reason, you can just reattach to a new one.

    That's WAY more expensive than their storage instances, though.



  • @stacksofplates said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    @eddiejennings said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    @stacksofplates said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    @eddiejennings said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    I can't see the price now, but perhaps it's cheaper than SSD VM + Block storage, if SATA storage meets your needs.

    It's $0.10 per GB. So a $2.50 instance with 50 GB would only be $7.50. 100 GB would only be $12.50 then. Plus the added benefit of being able to move your storage to another server. If the VM hoses up for some reason, you can just reattach to a new one.

    I meant the price of the storage instances. I see the benefits of having separate block storage.

    I'm saying I think it's comparable. I think a 120 GB storage instance was around $10 a month, I think. So for the small extra price you get pretty much exactly the same storage (VM storage plus 100GB of block) and the added benefit of being able to move your data.

    $10 for 250GB.



  • @coliver said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    @stacksofplates said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    @eddiejennings said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    @stacksofplates said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    @eddiejennings said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    I can't see the price now, but perhaps it's cheaper than SSD VM + Block storage, if SATA storage meets your needs.

    It's $0.10 per GB. So a $2.50 instance with 50 GB would only be $7.50. 100 GB would only be $12.50 then. Plus the added benefit of being able to move your storage to another server. If the VM hoses up for some reason, you can just reattach to a new one.

    I meant the price of the storage instances. I see the benefits of having separate block storage.

    I'm saying I think it's comparable. I think a 120 GB storage instance was around $10 a month, I think. So for the small extra price you get pretty much exactly the same storage (VM storage plus 100GB of block) and the added benefit of being able to move your data.

    As well as a much more performant VM.

    If you don't need the speed, though, like you are using it for a file store, that extra performance is lost.



  • Remember that you need a server to consume it, as well. So a storage instance of 125GB, it is $5.

    To use the separate block storage (SAN) option it is $17.50 (you can only get a maximum of 2 $2.50 instances across all your systems, so isn't useful for calculations). That's way more than triple the cost of the storage instance. I realize it is faster and has some nice benefits. But they aren't even remotely close in cost.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    Remember that you need a server to consume it, as well. So a storage instance of 125GB, it is $5.

    To use the separate block storage (SAN) option it is $17.50 (you can only get a maximum of 2 $2.50 instances across all your systems, so isn't useful for calculations). That's way more than triple the cost of the storage instance. I realize it is faster and has some nice benefits. But they aren't even remotely close in cost.

    If you're only running 1 VM it's very useful for calculations. But also that's if you actually use 100% of 125 GB. Anything not being used is wasted. So if you purchase a storage instance and only use 50% since 125 is the smallest, you could do the same thing with block storage and pay the same price.



  • @stacksofplates said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    @scottalanmiller said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    Remember that you need a server to consume it, as well. So a storage instance of 125GB, it is $5.

    To use the separate block storage (SAN) option it is $17.50 (you can only get a maximum of 2 $2.50 instances across all your systems, so isn't useful for calculations). That's way more than triple the cost of the storage instance. I realize it is faster and has some nice benefits. But they aren't even remotely close in cost.

    If you're only running 1 VM it's very useful for calculations. But also that's if you actually use 100% of 125 GB. Anything not being used is wasted. So if you purchase a storage instance and only use 50% since 125 is the smallest, you could do the same thing with block storage and pay the same price.

    Even at 50%, even if you only used a single instance with the $2.50, it's still more and any expansion costs money down the road, too. The break even point is around 25GB. Anything bigger than 25GB, storage instance is cheaper.

    At the $5 inflection point... you can get the 25GB instance on SSD anytime, the 20GB local + 25GB SAN instance in special cases where it is one of your two VMs, or the 125GB SATA instance. The window in which the SAN is the cost leader is tiny. It's a sliver between the standard instances on one side and the SATA on the other.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    @stacksofplates said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    @scottalanmiller said in Vultr Storage Instances:

    Remember that you need a server to consume it, as well. So a storage instance of 125GB, it is $5.

    To use the separate block storage (SAN) option it is $17.50 (you can only get a maximum of 2 $2.50 instances across all your systems, so isn't useful for calculations). That's way more than triple the cost of the storage instance. I realize it is faster and has some nice benefits. But they aren't even remotely close in cost.

    If you're only running 1 VM it's very useful for calculations. But also that's if you actually use 100% of 125 GB. Anything not being used is wasted. So if you purchase a storage instance and only use 50% since 125 is the smallest, you could do the same thing with block storage and pay the same price.

    Even at 50%, even if you only used a single instance with the $2.50, it's still more and any expansion costs money down the road, too. The break even point is around 25GB. Anything bigger than 25GB, storage instance is cheaper.

    At the $5 inflection point... you can get the 25GB instance on SSD anytime, the 20GB local + 25GB SAN instance in special cases where it is one of your two VMs, or the 125GB SATA instance. The window in which the SAN is the cost leader is tiny. It's a sliver between the standard instances on one side and the SATA on the other.

    But this again also assumes you're only running 1 system. To me, the flexibility still outweighs the cost. Plus, you will most likely never get a storage instance in a data center that's even remotely close to you. And, are you able to dynamically grow the storage like you can with either a regular instance or block storage? That really locks people or companies into specific instances. Plus, if they're never available, you can't ever grow anyway.


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