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Ceph – the most popular storage solution for OpenStack – stores all data as a collection of objects. This object store was originally implemented on top of a POSIX filesystem, an approach that turned out to have a number of problems, notably with performance and complexity.
BlueStore, a new storage backend for Ceph, was created to solve these issues; the Ceph Jewel release included an early prototype. The code and on-disk format were declared stable (but experimental) for Ceph Kraken, and now in the upcoming Ceph Luminous release, BlueStore will be the recommended default storage backend.
With a 2-3x performance boost, you’ll want to look at migrating your Ceph clusters to BlueStore. This talk goes into detail about what BlueStore does, the problems it solves, and what you need to do to use it.
Tim works for SUSE, hacking on Ceph and related technologies. He has spoken often about distributed storage and high availability at conferences such as linux.conf.au. In his spare time he wrangles pigs, chickens, sheep and ducks, and was declared by one colleague “teammate most likely to survive the zombie apocalypse”.