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Management improvements, memory scaling, and EOL for FileStore


Article from ADMIN 71/2022
Ceph developers focus on getting rid of historic clutter and adding new features for improved performance and built-in automation.

In the early days, Ceph was considered new, hip, and innovative because it promised scalable storage without ties to established storage solutions. If you were fed up with SANs, Fibre Channel, and complicated management tools, Ceph offered a solution that was refreshingly different, without a need for special and expensive hardware. In the meantime, Ceph has become a commodity – that is, an established solution for specific areas of application – with a market for training as well as for specialists with Ceph knowledge. Therefore, it's hardly surprising that new Ceph releases no longer come with masses of new features, unlike the past, but instead are taking things a little easier.

The newly released Ceph version 17.2 [1] bears witness to that trend: Instead of turning big wheels, the developers have focused on tweaks, with not too many changes for existing clusters. Only if you operate a very old Ceph cluster and still rely on the old on-disk FileStore format (Figure 1) will you be prompted to take immediate action. In this article, I explain why this is the case and what else you can and should expect from Ceph 17.2.

Figure 1: FileStore is the name of the old Ceph
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