Re: [Xen-users] iscsi vs nfs for xen VMs
On Sat, Jan 29, 2011 at 08:31:36AM +1100, James Harper wrote:
> > 2011/1/28 Christian Zoffoli <czoffoli@xxxxxxxxxxx>:
> > > Il 28/01/2011 08:08, yue ha scritto:
> > >> what is the performance of clvm+ocfs2?
> > >> stability,?
> > >
> > > it's very reliable but not as fast as using clvm directly.
> > to expand a little:
> > ocfs2:
> > it's a cluster filesystem, it has the overheads of being a filesystem
> > (as opposed to 'naked' block devices), and of the clustering
> > requirements: in effect, having to check shared locks at critical
> > instants.
> Microsoft achieve high performance with their cluster filesystem. In fact the
> docs clearly state it's only reliable for Hyper-V virtual disks, any other
> use could cause problems, so I assume they get around the metadata locking
> problem by isolating each disk file so there are no (or minimal) shared
> > clvm:
> > it's the clustering version of LVM. since the whole LVM metadata is
> > quite small, it's shared entirely, so all accesses are exactly the
> > same on CLVM as on LVM.
> > the only impact is when modifying the LVM metadata
> > (creating/modifying/deleting/migrating/etc volumes), since _all_
> > access is suspended until every node has the a local copy of the new
> > LVM metadata.
> > Of course, a pause of a few tens or hundreds of milliseconds for an
> > operation done less than once a day (less than once a month in many
> > cases) is totally imperceptible.
> The dealbreaker for me with clvm was that snapshots aren't supported. I
> assume this hasn't changed and even if it has, every write to a snapshotted
> volume potentially involves a metadata lock so the performace drops right
> down unless you can optimise for that 'original + snapshot only accessed on
> the same node' case, which may be a limitation I could tolerate.
You don't really need CLVM for live migrations. Normal LVM works
well on a shared iSCSI LUN. Assuming you know what you're doing..
It also allows you to use snapshots. See the other mail
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