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How does Openstack provision disks when using Solidfire backing storage

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Applies to

  • Openstack
  • SolidFire


Openstack volumes are created using thin-provisioning by default.

You cannot choose the provisioning disk type at deployment time. The provisioning disk type is inherited from the image template:
  • If the template is created with a thin-provisioned disk, the instances that are deployed from that template are thin-provisioned.
  • If the template is created with a thick-provisioned disk, the instances that are deployed from that template are thick-provisioned.

SolidFire volumes are also created using thin-provisioning by default.

  • Space is consumed on write but only after passing through a series of inline data reduction processes within the SolidFire cluster.
  • The SolidFire Cinder driver does not comply with the Cinder over-subscription framework and the SolidFire cluster maintains total control over space usage.
  • SolidFire free space is considered during Cinder volume creation; free space is predicted upon used space rather than allocated space.


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