What's the differences between Volumes and Spaces. Can I Switch from volume to Spaces or vice-versa?

December 6, 2017 4.8k views
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What's the differences between Volumes and Spaces. Can I Switch from volume to Spaces or vice-versa?

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Spaces and Volumes are two different products.
Volumes are Block Storage product, allowing you to attach additional SSD to the Droplet.
Spaces are Object Storage product. Spaces aren't associated with any Droplet, you can access anywhere, using any S3-compatible utility.

No, there is no out-of-box way to switch from Volumes to Spaces or vice-versa. However, there is many tools available, that can help you to copy all data from one to another.
s3cmd is the most popular utility for interacting with S3-compatible Object Storage (Spaces).
s3fs-fuse could be useful if you want to attach Spaces as a disk.

You can take a look at DigitalOcean's Object Storage-related tutorials to learn more about Spaces.

  • So what's the difference between Block storage and Object storage ?

    • You can check out the Object Storage vs. Block Storage Services article to learn more about differences between Object and Block Storage.

      by Brian Boucheron
      Flexible and scalable data storage is a baseline requirement for most applications and services being developed today. With today's complex deployments, containers, and ephemeral infrastructure, the days of simply saving files to disk on a single server are gone. Cloud providers have developed services to fill the storage needs of modern application deployments, and they mostly fit into two categories: object storage, and block storage.
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