[Gluster-users] gluster usable as open source solution

Scott Nolin scott.nolin at ssec.wisc.edu
Thu Aug 4 14:11:50 UTC 2011

Not having run it for a long time I don't feel we can make a great 
long-term judgement.

We are looking at this solution for reasons of reliability. The feeling 
is while our lustre filesystems provide the best performance and used 
for scratch space on a cluster they are a little unstable (or untrusted) 
to be used for longer term data storage. Using gluster without striping 
leaves a very simple backend system with normal files - aiding in the 
case filesystem recovery is needed.

During our testing and working through various problems we have greatly 
abused the gluster install in general, and the data has remained fine 
throughout. So that part of it looks good.

The people here working on the kernel specific issues are still in the 
process, when they're done any findings will get posted to the list.

Long term, I'm still concerned about the lack of documentation.


On 8/4/11 8:51 AM, Uwe Kastens wrote:
> Scott,
> That sound interesting.
>     It hasn't been going well so far. Currently we are struggling with
>     performance problems that seem to be linked to certain versions of
>     the linux kernel.
>     The lack of in depth and current documentation is one of the most
>     glaring and obvious problems.
> What is your feeling about stability of the solution?
> Kind Regards
> Uwe
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