[clug] GFS - add some more abstraction [SEC=PERSONAL]

Roppola, Antti Antti.Roppola at daff.gov.au
Tue Mar 30 17:16:15 MDT 2010

Hi all,

So is it just me, or does GFS suffer from compulsive abstraction?

For a shared filesystem it seems to want layers for clustering, LVM and
a good fistful of services too.

It seems a bit of overkill if one just wants a shared filesystem on a
small private network. I find myself thinking fondly about NFS and
wondering if GFS is really worth all that extra effort.

Has anyone else grappled with this?


P.S. The GFS documentation also seems pretty patchy. There's a few
behemoth documents that seem to assume you are building a data centre
and not too much on why each layer is important.

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