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Storage Overview

Paperspace offers several kinds of storage depending on your needs.

Secure, resilient, and distributed

Block Storage

Volumes provide a block-level storage device for use as the primary system drive on a Core machine. Volumes appear to the operating system as locally attached storage which can be partitioned and formatted according to your needs. Volumes offer cost-effective storage that is ideal for a broad range of workloads. They are well suited to both applications that rely on random reads and writes, and to throughput-intensive applications that perform long, continuous reads and writes. These volumes deliver single-digit millisecond latencies and the ability to burst to 3,000 IOPS for extended periods of time. The throughput limit for volumes is 128 MiB/s.

  • Regions: Volumes are region-specific.
  • Media: Volumes are backed by SSDs.
  • Sizes: Volumes can be created in sizes ranging from 50 GB to 2 TB.

Shared Drives

Shared Drives are designed to provide a data source accessible to multiple machines concurrently. Drives are most commonly used to share files between machines and behave similarly to a local office file server (commonly referred to as network-attached storage or NAS). Drives are mounted using standard tools within the OS. Drives provide a file system interface and file system access control such as strong consistency and file locking. All file systems deliver a consistent baseline performance of 50 MB/s per TB of storage, all file systems (regardless of size) can burst to 100 MB/s.

  • Regions: Drives are region-specific.
  • Media: Drives are backed by SSDs.
  • Sizes: Drives can be created in sizes ranging from 250 GB to 2 TB.*

* Large sizes up to 16TB are available upon request.

Types of Storage

Block Storage
Persistent storage attached to a single compute machines.
Shared Drives
Storage that can be access from multiple compute machines.
Snapshots
Manual and automated compute machine backups.