Differences in using Gluster Native client and CIFS/NFS clients


What are the differences between using the Gluster Native client and CIFS/HFS for client access.


The Gluster Native Client can more efficiently use a single network, whereas the CIFS/NFS clients should be implemented with a front-end client network and a back-end network for Gluster Volume communication.

This is because the Gluster Client will be able to make direct access to the Gluster Bricks that contain the data.

For CIFS/NFS we mount the Gluster volume using the Gluster client on the QuantaStors and provide CIFS/NFS access to the Gluster mount via Samba or the nfsd service. In the case of CIFS/NFS you can think of the QuantaStor you are connecting to via those protocols as a Gateway to the Gluster Client access.

This means there is Client network access to get the data to the CIFS/NFS services and then a another I/O stream from that QuantaStor node serving those protocols to spread the data and replicate it to the other QuantaStor nodes.

When using NFS/CIFS you should have each network interface should be on a separate network. Combining client access (NFS/CIFS) and the Gluster back-end traffic on a single network is not optimal and can cause bottlenecks.

This is not a concern if you are deploying with GlusterFS native clients on Linux. "

Note: There are some backend operations that are performed between the Gluster bricks themselves outside of a client such as rebuild of data in the event of a brick being offline or replaced or migration of data when expanding the Gluster Volume.
It can be beneficial for these operations to have a separate backend network. However these operations typically will first bottleneck on Hard Disk throughput in platter based configurations, a 10GbE network would not be the bottleneck for a specific node.
We have found that some configurations that use NVMe or SSD may need multiple networks, however for those configurations we typically recommend 40GbE or faster networking.


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