[Gluster-users] Need advice about optimal configuration for VM hosting.
maillist at lightspeed.ca
Tue Jul 31 18:38:47 UTC 2018
Hi everyone. I need some sage advice for upcoming upgrades we're
planning for our Gluster array.
I'll start by describing our server cluster:
We currently have 3 Proxmox nodes. Two of them are the workhorses,
running 12 of our production VMs and a handful of dev VMs that don't see
the heavy use of the production VMs. The third one is a slower machine
that mostly acts to tell Proxmox how to avoid split-brain issues, but is
also running the third Galera node for our database. Galera is actually
running on the local disks of each Proxmox node because of the
performance issues we've been having with the Gluster array.
Under that, we have our Gluster array, which currently consists of two
nodes in a Replicated volume type. Each node has two bricks: one for VMs
and one for our mail.
The problem is that it's a bit overloaded, mostly thanks the the VM
traffic. I've got a couple new nodes to throw into that array, but in
the past, adding a third node killed performance so badly that even
after the array rebuild, we were looking at a decrease in disk
performance of about 50%. I'm thinking that adding a fourth node might
improve things, but that still means waiting for the Gluster array to
rebuild, suffering the performance degradation of the third node, then
adding the fourth, suffering the performance degradation of the rebuild
again, and then... what? See what happens and add more nodes to
hopefully further improve things?
That doesn't sound like a good strategy to me. There are too many
questions, and too much hoping things get better.
Another strategy I was thinking of, might be to build a whole new
Gluster array with the latest version of Gluster. Then, instead of
suffering the long array rebuild times, we can move VMs one at a time to
the new Gluster disk. It's more work for me, but probably less pain for
I was thinking that the new array should be 4 nodes in a
Replicated-Distributed volume type, and after we've moved our data off
the old array, nuking the old nodes and adding them to the new array. My
understanding is that we'd have to add new nodes two at a time to ensure
the replication makes sense to Gluster.
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