Happy 1st Birthday

Today Open vStorage marks its first birthday. Exactly 1 year ago the first commit was made for a fun, exciting and very hot Virtual Machine storage project. In the past year we have accomplished a lot. Just have a look at the released features: an OpenStack Cinder plugin, support for VMware and KVM, support for various storage backends, SNMP monitoring, support for Virtual Machine HA, ... But there is more as according to Open HUB Open vStorage has a young, but established codebase maintained by a large development team with stable Y-O-Y commits.…Read more …

OpenStack Online Meetup on Swift, VM Storage and OpenvStorage

Wim Provoost, Product Manager of Open vStorage, was asked to host a live webinar for OpenStack Online Meetup. OpenStack Online Meetup is the #1 online community for OpenStack contributors and users. During their weekly Google Hangout sessions they feature various OpenStack speakers. The sessions are intended for technical OpenStackers and tend to deep-dive into technology. The Open vStorage talk discusses how you can use OpenStack Swift, the Object Storage project within OpenStack, as primary storage for a Virtual Machine environment. In case you missed the live session, you can watch the recorded version…Read more …

Location, time based or magical storage?

Storage comes in many forms and over the years multiple strategies to store and retrieve data on disk have been implemented. For Open vStorage I/O is the write or read operation on the LBA (Logical Block Address) of a Virtual Machine. Let's first have a theoretical look at the 3 most important strategies to store data, their benefits and their drawbacks: Location-based storage: Location-based storage stores the exact location where the data is placed. This means that we store in the metadata for each address the exact location in storage system where the…Read more …

Like maintaining a single storage platform isn’t hard enough ….

In our last blog post we discussed the Open vStorage Cinder Plugin. We had some people ask whether this means that you can now use Swift directly as primary storage for Virtual Machines. The short answer is: YES! A traditional OpenStack setup looks like the below reference architecture. You have Nova which provisions the VM. Cinder is providing block storage and Glance provides the image to deploy the VM. Swift is also used but only as repository for images and backups. You can use Cinder natively but this isn't high available and isn't…Read more …