[PVE-User] CEPH Requirements

Adam Thompson athompso at athompso.net
Tue Feb 4 22:04:31 CET 2014


 

On 2014-02-04 11:23, David Thompson wrote: 

> I'm trying to build a
testing environment for as little as possible for CEPH testing, but not
sure if this would work or not. The supermicro server runs Proxmox just
fine, even though it states its not a supported hardware architecture, I
can run openvz and KVM without any real issues.
> The limitation on the
server themselves outside of being a really high available server is its
limited supported RAM configuration (32GB Max) and atom chip.
> These
servers are low power and priced quite low (~$500.00) for the server
with CPU.

I used a Dell C6100 4-node 2U chassis to build my cluster.
They're available on eBay or from various refurbishers for around $1000
per system, or $250/node, including 3 x 250GB HDD *per node*. 

I've
been getting mine from "MET: The Server Store"
(http://theserverstore.com/), where they satisfy "Good" and "Cheap" on
the good/cheap/fast triangle :-). And actually, they're not *that* slow
at getting product to me. 

I've been getting each node filled with 48GB
RAM and 3 x 250GB SATA HDD, using one HDD for PVE and two HDDs for CEPH.
Performance is not great, for the reasons Dietmar outlines (no journal,
not enough OSDs overall) but it's acceptable. If I replaced the two
"data" drives with an SSD and a 1TB disk, I'd get better performance and
more storage, but more $$$ too. 

-Adam Thompson 

 
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