[Gluster-users] RAID options for Gluster

Brian Candler B.Candler at pobox.com
Mon Jun 18 20:10:30 UTC 2012

On Mon, Jun 18, 2012 at 09:01:02AM +0000, Fernando Frediani (Qube) wrote:
> Given that Gluster is not for high performance (low
> latency) applications, RAID 5 seems to be a good option

Remember that low latency and high throughput are two different things.

RAID5 will give you low throughput as well as high latency, unless you
happen to be writing large stripes at a time.

> Hopefully for reads Gluster should be able to read
> round-robin from both copies to improve throughput.

I believe so, and if the client happens to be one of the nodes it also
prefers the local node.

> Unfortunately Gluster
> doesn't yet have the ability to be aware of bricks on the same node and
> don't put data there.

As I've said twice before now, you *can* do this just fine. You simply
configure the bricks in the correct sequence.

gluster volume create foo replica 2 \
  server1:/brick1 server2:/brick1 \
  server1:/brick2 server2:/brick2 \
  server1:/brick3 server2:/brick3

This is clearly documented at

So dividing one server node into multiple RAID arrays is just fine.

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