Prerequisite: You should know what types of storage are available on the NeCTAR cloud. This was discussed in Module 6. You should also be familiar with connecting to your instance via an ssh terminal, as described in an earlier section.

In this section, we will go through the steps to set up various types of storage on our instance.

A brief recap of the available storage types:

  • Object storage: These are single files which you can upload on the server and which you can access from anywhere via a simple web interface or a suitable client application (of which this section will introduce a few).

  • Volume Storage (also called Block Storage) and Ephemeral Storage (also called On-Instance storage) are directly attached to your instance.

    • Ephemeral storage is tightly attached to your instance and is deleted when you terminate (delete) your instance. You cannot recover the data after you terminate the instance, unless you have backed it up.

    • Volume Storage can be attached and detached from your instance(s). After you terminate the instance, the data is not lost. You can attach it to a new instance after you launch it.

Requesting storage

The NeCTAR trial account only includes object storage and ephemeral storage. You will have to file an allocation request to get access to Volume storage.

The allocation process was described in Module 5, and more information can also be found on the NeCTAR support website.


If you don’t have an allocation yet, you can complete the next section, On-Instance storage, and section Object storage. You will have to wait for your allocation until you can follow instructions for Volume Storage. However you can still read through the Volume storage instructions to see that it is easy, and in parts very similar to handling the secondary disk with the On-Instance storage.