Creating a low-cost clustered virtualization environment using Ganeti

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Scheduled: Thursday, June 3, 2010 from 4:45 – 5:30pm in Fremont


Creating a redundant yet scalable virtualization environment is often difficult and expensive. Ganeti is an open source project which offers many solutions to simplify a clustered virtual machine environment while enabling you to use low cost hardware. This session will walk through Ganeti covering its basic design goals/features, installation architecture, and production implementation.


Whether you need a small yet scalable development virtual machine (VM) environment or need to deploy a large cloud production environment, you need a tool that is easy to use, deploy, and maintain. Ganeti is a clustered virtual server management software tool built on top of existing virtualization technologies such as Xen or KVM. It is similar to libvirt in many aspects, but different in others such as its built-in cluster support using DRBD.

The focus will be on a use case at the Oregon State University Open Source Lab (OSUOSL) where we were faced with scaling, performance, and reliability issues with our existing VM infrastructure. We’ll cover the overall design and features of Ganeti along with the basics of installing it. Additionally we’ll walk through some of the basic operations you may encounter (deployment, failover, expansion, hardware failures, etc).

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