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Re: [libvirt] Questions on libvirt storage internals

Eric Blake wrote:
On 06/30/2011 04:23 AM, Shehjar Tikoo wrote:
Hi All

I am working on integrating GlusterFS with OpenStack so that VM volumes
can be placed on shared GlusterFS volumes. I would highly appreciate if
you please help me find the answers to some questions:

1. Whats the difference between a storage driver and a storage backend

A storage driver implements the callbacks used by the public API, as
called from src/libvirt.c.  Most hypervisors can use the generic storage
driver in src/storage/, but some use their own (such as

A storage backend driver implements additional callbacks, so that the
generic storage driver can target several types of storage devices.  It
sounds like your work on GlusterFS would be a storage callback driver,
and that all hypervisors that defer to the generic storage driver (such
as qemu and lxc) will then automatically know how to do operations on
images stored in GlusterFS.

What I find is that virStorageBackendFileSystemMount already implements
support for GlusterFS and I know that the GlusterFS support currently is
for the volume which is going to store VM images/running state and not
EBS style attachable volumes. This seems to suggest that a different
code path is where the change will be needed to support EBS-style
volumes over GlusterFS. Do I understand this right?


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