[Gluster-users] New GlusterFS deployment, doubts on 1 brick per host vs 1 brick per drive.

Darrell Budic budic at onholyground.com
Thu Sep 10 15:08:04 UTC 2020

I run ZFS on my servers (with additional RAM for that reason) in my replica-3 production cluster. I choose size and ZFS striping of HDDs, with easier compression and ZFS controlled caching using SDDs for my workload (mainly VMs). It performs as expected, but I don’t have the resources to head-to-head it against a bunch of individual bricks for testing. One drawback to large bricks is that it can take longer to heal, in my experience. I also run some smaller volumes on SSDs for VMs with databases and other high-IOPS workloads, and for those I use tuned XFS volumes because I didn’t want compression and did want faster healing.

With the options you’ve presented, I’d use XFS on single bricks, there’s not much need for the overhead unless you REALLY want ZFS compression, and ZFS if you wanted higher performing volumes, mirrors, or had some cache to take advantage of. Or you knew your workload could take advantage of the things ZFS is good at, like setting specific record sizes tuned to your work load on sub-volumes. But that depends on how you’re planning to consume your storage, as file shares or as disk images. The ultimate way to find out, of course, is to test each configuration and see which gives you the most of what you want :)

And definitely get a 3rd server in there with at least enough storage to be an arbiter. At the level you’re talking, I’d try and deck it out properly and have 3 active hosts off the bat so you can have a proper redundancy scheme. Split brain more than sucks.


> On Sep 10, 2020, at 1:33 AM, Diego Zuccato <diego.zuccato at unibo.it> wrote:
> Il 09/09/20 15:30, Miguel Mascarenhas Filipe ha scritto:
> I'm a noob, but IIUC this is the option giving the best performance:
>> 2. 1 brick per drive, Gluster "distributed replicated" volumes, no
>> internal redundancy
> Clients can write to both servers in parallel and read scattered (read
> performance using multiple files ~ 16x vs 2x with a single disk per
> host). Moreover it's easier to extend.
> But why ZFS instead of XFS ? In my experience it's heavier.
> PS: add a third host ASAP, at least for arbiter volumes (replica 3
> arbiter 1). Split brain can be a real pain to fix!
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