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Running Swift with SAN backend

asked 2014-03-20 08:24:25 -0500

mikey2014 gravatar image

I know this goes completely against the idea of object storage and scaling out, but we have a situation where we are partnering with another company who is willing to provide us NetApp storage at no cost in exchange for a cut of whatever services we layer on top of it. We don't have money in the budget to purchase individual storage nodes. Is it possible to have the Swift storage nodes use iSCSI/FC connections to a SAN?

I'm sure its not recommended, but is it possible? Has anyone else done this?

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answered 2014-03-24 13:08:45 -0500

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Note that you have to be careful to tell Swift about the actual failure domains. If you have many disks in different zones all backed by one SAN thingy, then a single hardware failure can cause unavailability or even data loss.

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answered 2014-03-20 08:28:55 -0500

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Yes, you can definitely do this with NetApp storage. For more information please visit the NetApp/OpenStack community site. There is a deployment/ops guide that talks about how NetApp storage can be used with Swift. (

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