[openstack-dev] Announcing Ekko -- Scalable block-based backup for OpenStack

Thierry Carrez thierry at openstack.org
Mon Jan 25 08:45:34 UTC 2016

Sam Yaple wrote:
> We would like to introduce you to a new community-driven OpenStack
> project called Ekko.
> The aim of Ekko is to provide incremental block-level backup and restore
> of Nova instances. We see backups as a key area that is missing in
> OpenStack. One issue that has previously prevented backups in OpenStack
> is the scalability of the storage backend. Object-storage is the answer
> to this scalability problem, but with block-based backups you often see
> large files that require POSIX operations to perform retention and
> deletions. These operations are not able to be performed in the
> traditional way in object storage, which has prevented leveraging
> object-storage to its full potential. With Ekko we can solve this issue
> allowing us to use storage that can scale with OpenStack.


How does Ekko compare to / differ from Freezer, which is an official 
OpenStack project targeted to the same problem space ? I suspect this is 
more low-level ? Is there some potential for convergence between the two 
projects ?

Thierry Carrez (ttx)

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