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Persistent Storage

Applications that need to write data to disk will need to make use of volumeclasses. Acorn provides a default volume class in each region that persists and one that is ephemeral for scratch space. When you launch an application that declares a volume, the default volumeclass is used.

Volume Classes

To see which volume class is the default, along with other available types, you can run the following command:

acorn offerings volumeclasses
# ephemeral Unrestricted aws-us-east-2,acorn-sb-us-east-2,acorn-gp-us-east-2 Acorn-generated volume class representing ephemeral volumes not backed by a storage class
# ebs-retain * ebs-retain Unrestricted aws-us-east-2,acorn-sb-us-east-2,acorn-gp-us-east-2 Acorn-generated volume class representing the storage class ebs-retain

Configuring volumes at runtime

Acorn images can define volumes. To see which volumes are available for an Acorn image you can run --help on the image.

acorn run [IMAGE] --help
# ...
# Volumes: my-data
# ...

These values can be customized at runtime by passing -v arguments. For example, the following command will cause the "my-data" volume to be created with 5G of storage and using the fast volume class:

acorn run -v my-data,size=5G,class=ebs-retain[IMAGE]

The volume class used, including the default, may have restrictions on the size of volumes created or the access modes available. If your volume uses a class that is not available or uses class settings that violate its rules, then will not run. A descriptive error will be produced to explain any failures.

You can see a list of available volume classes and their restrictions, if any, with the acorn offerings volumeclasses command.