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asked 2013-12-15 06:17:33 -0500

mili gravatar image


I'm very new to openstack and trying to plan and implement it. What I have available to myself for storage is a Dell Powervault MD3600i with raid 10(that can be changed) but in the support matrix i did not see powervalut as an option

block storage or object storage dose not really matter in our case but I was wondering if there is a way to use my powervalut SAN as my storage!!!??

I dont have much information on storage in general but I was also wondering if I can mount the whole san to a glusterFS or a linux machine and then use it.

Please advise.....

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answered 2013-12-15 12:15:14 -0500

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Since there's not a Cinder/PowerVault driver, you won't be able to use Cinder directly with your PowerVault. But you should still be able to indirectly use it. I think this is what you are alluding to at the end of your post with regard to mounting the whole SAN.

If you connect your PowerVault to a dedicated server and get to the point to where you can either see the entire storage array as one device or several individual devices, you can then use Linux to re-export those devices to Cinder. For example, you can use Linux to create an NFS, Gluster, or iSCSI server and then use the NFS, Gluster, or iSCSI Cinder drivers to make the storage available in OpenStack.

Note that you can also have Cinder running directly on the same server that sees the PowerVault storage. You're basically using Linux as a translator for the storage device.

I hope that helps. I don't have experience with PowerVault devices, but the concepts should be applicable. Let me know if you need any clarification.


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Thanks that really helped. I used linux LVM with cinder.

mili gravatar imagemili ( 2014-02-13 07:17:56 -0500 )edit

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