Rootconf 2014

On devops and cloud infrastructure

GlusterFS: Volume Snapshots

Submitted by Avra Sengupta (@asengupt) on Friday, 28 March 2014

Section: Full talk Technical level: Beginner Status: Rejected


For a sysadmin, taking backups is perhaps one of the most crucial operations. GlusterFS Volume Snapshots provide a point-in-time recovery solution for gluster volumes. This enables you to take an online snapshot of your gluster volume, without having to take the volume offline, thereby providing zero downtime. Also it leverages lvm's thin provisioning, thereby reducing disk-usage substantially.


In this session, we will have a brief walkthrough of the management system in GlusterFS, and the snapshot architecture before diving deep into the following:

  1. How to create snapshots of a gluster volume
  2. Understanding snapshot configuration and configuring snapshots
  3. Point-in-time recovery using snapshots
  4. Deleting snapshots
  5. Best practices and essential migration constraints
  6. Future of GLusterFS snapshots

Speaker bio

I am a software engineer at Red Hat Inc., working on GlusterFS, a distributed file system. I have ~4 yrs of experience as a software developer in linux powered distributed systems.

Find out more about GlusterFS at and if you want to get your hands dirty with the code, should help you get started.


  •   Vamsee Kanakala (@vamsee) 5 years ago

    Hi Avra, you might want to explain in the description how this is different from other backup/snapshot technologies available.

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