[Gluster-users] Planning a Gluster setup

Jeff Darcy jdarcy at redhat.com
Thu Oct 25 16:13:09 UTC 2012

On 10/25/2012 12:01 PM, Nux! wrote:
> I'm planning to deploy a largish Glusterfs replicated-distributed 
> setup. I'm talking large servers with 6-12 hotswap HDD bays. My idea is 
> to use each HDD as a brick as to maximise I/O. The replica number at 
> this stage would be 3 probably.
> The one issue that's bothering me is - since one server will hold many 
> HDDs, how can I instruct Gluster not to keep all replicas in bricks 
> belonging to the same server?

GlusterFS is sensitive to the order in which you specify the bricks for a
replicated setup.  For example:

	gluster volume create x replica 2 abc def ghi jkl

In this case, abc and def will be combined into a replica set.  Ditto for ghi
and jkl.  Finally, those two replica sets will be combined into a single
volume.  It's up to you, when you construct the "create" line, to make sure
that the adjacently-listed members of a replica set are on different servers.
There is actually code in there to check for the bad cases and warn you, but we
won't try to fix it for you.

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