Over the course of the last years, we've been working on expanding and enhancing
both our "traditional" local storage management functionality (NFS/CIFS/iSCSI on
top of local attached disks) as well as the Ceph management features in
Along the way, it became more and more clear to us that our current approach for
managing storage locally does not scale well, as it requires openATTIC to be
installed on every node.
When openATTIC was originally started, this wasn't so much of a concern, but
today's IT infrastructures are evolving and demand more flexibility and
scalability. Also, our goal of making it possible for an administrator to make
changes on the command line outside of openATTIC is difficult to achieve in the
current local storage implementation, in which the Django models are considered
to be the "single source of truth" of a server's storage configuration.
The ongoing development of additional Ceph management functionality based on
DeepSea and Salt allowed us to gather a lot of
experience in implementing a more scalable approach using these frameworks and
make it possible to decouple openATTIC from the node delivering the actual
service. Communicating with a Salt master via the Salt REST API
also enables us to separate the management UI (openATTIC) from the admin node
(the Salt master).
Based on these findings, we wanted to create a playground for our developers to
apply the lessons learned to the openATTIC code base. We therefore moved the
current openATTIC 2.0 implementation into a separate 2.x git branch and have
started working on version 3.x in the current master branch. Note that this
will not be a complete rewrite of openATTIC, but rather an adaption/refinement
of the existing code base.
In addition to the already existing Ceph management functionality based on
librados (e.g. Ceph Pool management, RBD management), we're currently working on
adding more Ceph-based storage management functionality e.g. managing iSCSI
targets as well as NFS volume management via NFS Ganesha.
The focus in this 3.0 branch will be on completing the Ceph-related management
functionality first, while aiming at being able to implement the "traditional"
storage management functionality using this framework (e.g. providing storage
services based on node-local disks) at a later step. Salt already includes a
large number of modules for these purposes.
As usual, we welcome your feedback and comments! If you have any ideas or if you
can help with implementing some of these features, please get involved!