Amazon elastic block storage provides block level storage volumes to use with an Amazon AWS machine instance and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud. The storage volume can persist past the life of its associated Amazon machine instance in the Amazon Web Services cloud environment.

When you use an Amazon elastic block storage volume in conjunction with vCloud Automation Center, the following caveats apply:

You cannot attach an existing elastic block storage volume when you provision a machine instance. However, if you create a new volume and request more than one machine at a time, the volume will be created and attached to each instance. For example, if you create one volume named volume_1 and request three machines, a volume will be created for each machine. Three volumes named volume_1 will be created and attached to each machine. Each volume will have a unique volume ID. Each volume will be the same size and in the same location.

The volume must be of the same operating system and in the same location as the machine to which you attach it.

vCloud Automation Center does not track the cost of using an existing elastic block storage volume.

vCloud Automation Center does not manage the primary volume of an elastic block storage-backed instance.

For more information about Amazon elastic block storage, and details on how to enable it by using Amazon Web Services Management Console, see Amazon Web Services documentation.