[PVE-User] Ceph Cache Tiering

Emmanuel Kasper e.kasper at proxmox.com
Tue Oct 11 12:26:07 CEST 2016

On 10/10/2016 04:29 PM, Adam Thompson wrote:
> The default PVE setup puts an XFS filesystem onto each "full disk" assigned to CEPH.  CEPH does **not** write directly to raw devices, so the choice of filesystem is largely irrelevant.
> Granted, ZFS is a "heavier" filesystem than XFS, but it's no better or worse than running CEPH on XFS on Hardware RAID, which I've done elsewhere.
> CEPH gives you the ability to not need software or hardware RAID.
> ZFS gives you the ability to not need hardware RAID.
> Layering them - assuming you have enough memory and CPU cycles - can be very beneficial.
> Neither CEPH nor XFS does deduplication or compression, which ZFS does.  Depending on what kind of CPU you have, turning on compression can dramatically *speed up* I/O.  Depending on how much RAM you have, turning on deduplication can dramatically decrease disk space used.
> Although, TBH, at that point I'd just do what I have running in production right now: a reasonably-powerful SPARC64 NFS fileserver, and run QCOW2 files over NFS.  Performs better than CEPH did on 1Gbps infrastructure.
> -Adam

Out of Curiosity, I suppose you're using the default 'NoCache' as the
cache mode of those QCOW2 images ?

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