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Re: [Xen-users] Server purchase pointers

On 02/23/12 16:25, Fajar A. Nugraha wrote:
My point is, last time I tried drbd+ocfs2 introduce huge performance penalty, complexity, and possible data loss. But then again, it was an active-active setup with no external heartbeat, relying on ocfs2 to reboot the nodes on split-brain scenario. If you HAVE tested it, then it's great. As usual, whatever solution you choose, testing is important.

The Xen + DRBD dual primary clusters I use or not file/image based, so no real need for ocfs2 and the added complexity of it. There is little risk for split-brain as everything is controlled by Pacemaker. No worries there, performance is good.

"dual primary" and "active-active" is similar, but can be different.
An active-active drbd setup requires protocol C (sync), which (among
others) decrease performance but allow live migration.
yes, that is what I'm using. The performance is very acceptable. remember, this offers web services. The available bandwidth and amount of simultaneous users will probably never hit the DRBD performance limits.

An active-standby setup can use async replication, which should be
much better performance-wise. If each node is acting as active for
their own domUs while acting as standby for domUs on the other node,
that can be considered dual primary.
disallowing live migration, not preferable.

If your definition of dual primary is what I mentioned above, then
yes, drbd would be more appropriate. However if you have live
migration as requirement, then IMHO a third storage server is much

that's relative - as mentioned, this offers a SPOF.

also, way more expensive. the inital question pointed to a cost/budget friendly proposition.

The LSI 2008 based Supermicro servers (like in http://www.servethehome.com/supermicro-x8si6-f-motherboard-review-including-onboard-lsi-sas-2008-controller/) seem interesting,


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