[Openstack] the way of managing the shared block storage. RE: Announcing Manila Project (Shared Filesystems Management)

Qixiaozhen qixiaozhen at huawei.com
Fri Sep 27 02:09:19 UTC 2013

Hi, all

Is there a common way to manage the block storage of an unknown vendor san? 

For example, a linux server shares its local disks by the target software(iscsitarget, lio and etc.). The computing nodes are connected to the target with iscsi session, and the LUNs are already rescaned.

VMFS is introduced in VMware to manage the LUNs shared by the san. Ovirt VDSM organize the metadata of the volumes in the LUN with LVM2 and StoragePoolManager. How about openstack?

Best regards,


亓晓振 Qi Xiaozhen 
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-----Original Message-----
From: Caitlin Bestler [mailto:caitlin.bestler at nexenta.com] 
Sent: Friday, September 27, 2013 7:31 AM
To: openstack at lists.openstack.org
Subject: Re: [Openstack] Announcing Manila Project (Shared Filesystems Management)

On 9/24/2013 5:50 PM, Swartzlander, Ben wrote:
> I'm proud to announce the official launching of the Manila project.
> Manila is a new service designed to do for shared filesystems what
> Cinder has done for blocks storage. The project provides a vendor
> neutral API for provisioning and attaching filesystem-based storage such
> as NFS, CIFS, and hopefully many other network filesystems. The actual
> code is heavily based on Cinder. The project has been under development
> for quite some time and is now on StackForge and ready for contributions
> from the wider community.
> Our project page is here: https://launchpad.net/manila
> We hold weekly meetings on Thursdays at 15:00 UTC in
> #openstack-meeting-alt. You can also find us more or less any time in
> #openstack-manila.
> thanks,
> Ben Swartzlander (bswartz)
> NetApp, Inc.

This project looks to be off to a solid start. Providing file as well as
object and block is really needed to provide complete storage services
for OpenStack.

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