Deploy an Elastic SAN (preview)

This article explains how to deploy and configure an elastic storage area network (SAN).

Prerequisites

  • If you're using Azure PowerShell, use Install-Module -Name Az.ElasticSan -Scope CurrentUser -Repository PSGallery -Force -RequiredVersion 0.1.0 to install the preview module.
  • If you're using Azure CLI, install the latest version. For installation instructions, see How to install the Azure CLI.
    • Once you've installed the latest version, run az extension add -n elastic-san to install the extension for Elastic SAN.

Limitations

Currently, Elastic SAN (preview) is only available in the following regions with the following redundancies:

  • France Central - LRS & ZRS
  • Southeast Asia - LRS
  • Australia East - LRS
  • North Europe - LRS & ZRS
  • West Europe - LRS & ZRS
  • UK South - LRS
  • East US - LRS
  • South Central US - LRS
  • East US 2 - LRS
  • West US 2 - LRS & ZRS
  • West US 3 - LRS
  • Sweden Central - LRS

Register for the preview

Sign up for the preview at https://aka.ms/ElasticSANPreviewSignUp.

If your request for access to the preview is approved, register your subscription with Microsoft.ElasticSAN resource provider and the preview feature using the following command:

Use either the Azure PowerShell module or the Azure CLI to register your subscription for the preview.

Create the SAN

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal and search for Elastic SAN.

  2. Select + Create a new SAN

  3. On the basics page, fill out the values.

    1. Select the same region as your Azure virtual network and compute client.
  4. Specify the amount of base capacity you require, and any additional capacity, then select next.

    Increasing your SAN's base size will also increase its IOPS and bandwidth. Increasing additional capacity only increase its total size (base+additional) but won't increase IOPS or bandwidth, however, it's cheaper than increasing base.

  5. Select Next : Volume groups.

    Screenshot of creation flow.

Create volume groups

Now that you've configured the basic settings and provisioned your storage, you can create volume groups. Volume groups are a tool for managing volumes at scale. Any settings or configurations applied to a volume group apply to all volumes associated with that volume group.

  1. Select + Create volume group and name your volume. The volume group name can't be changed once created.
  2. Select Next : Volumes

Create volumes

Now that you've configured the SAN itself, and created at least one volume group, you can create volumes.

Volumes are usable partitions of the SAN's total capacity, you must allocate a portion of that total capacity as a volume in order to use it. Only the actual volumes themselves can be mounted and used, not volume groups.

  1. Create volumes by entering a name, selecting an appropriate volume group, and entering the capacity you'd like to allocate for your volume. The volume name is part of your volume's iSCSI Qualified Name, and can't be changed once created.

  2. Select Review + create and deploy your SAN.

    Screenshot of volume creation.

Next steps

Now that you've deployed an Elastic SAN, Connect to Elastic SAN (preview) volumes from either Windows or Linux clients.