[Lustre-discuss] Using NFS to mount lustre

Teik Hooi Beh thbeh at thbeh.com
Thu Jun 20 23:27:37 PDT 2013

Hi Trevor,

Thanks for the well define explanation.

I see that you have a successful testing with Lustre cluster in ESXi. In my
case I was more of hoping to use Lustre as an alternate storage for ESXi
instead of expensive SAN. While I am aware and have a couple of successful
deployment of ESX with external NFS storage (VMWare allows to mount NFS
store from within vCenter), but I am not able to mount Lustre storage.

I see this as an excuse to buy expensive SAN to increase storage capacity.


On Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 12:42 PM, Trevor Hargraves <hargtre2 at isu.edu> wrote:

> Hi Beh,
> I have no experience with Lustre and NFS, but this past spring (are we out
> of it yet?) ;) I had the chance to learn a lot about Lustre as I chose it
> to be the subject of a term paper for the college I am attending. I decided
> an hands on approach was the best way and started out with 3 nodes and
> tried to get things running. Being inexperienced with this wonderful
> system, I get blowing things up and running my install of CentOS. I decided
> to purchase a server big enough to support a 6 node Lustre cluster in
> VMware ESXi 5.0 update 2. I have each client, the OSS, and MDT running on
> their own drives on a Gb network. I am astonished with the performance that
> I am seeing with this setup and am very pleased with how it runs. I am
> going to add some physical machines to this setup here in the near future
> when I have a few more minutes (I have to pay for college somehow) and then
> allocate the resources from the old 4 VM clients to the MDT and OSS and see
> what performance increases I see that way. I wished I had a SAN with fiber
> connections to squeeze out all of the performance I could, but one day I
> will try it! :)
> If you have any specific questions in regards to VMware I would be more
> than happy to answer them to the best of my abilities. Once again, it runs
> beautifully and I haven't seen any errors or problems since inception on
> this system. I am also running CentOS 6.4 with Lustre 2.4 and collectl for
> some basic statistics here and there.
> Hope this helps in some way or another!
> Trevor Hargraves
> On Thu, Jun 20, 2013 at 9:57 PM, Teik Hooi Beh <thbeh at thbeh.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I have just recently started to test Lustre and even with a small 2 nodes
>> deployment, I find the performance is outstanding on 1Gb networking.
>> I was trying to search through the list for anything that could help me
>> to mount using NFS protocol but could not find anything.
>> Is that possible or have anyone done that before? I am in particular
>> interested if anyone have use Lustre with VMware. I am currently testing on
>> 2.1.5.
>> Thanks in advance.
>> Regards
>> Beh
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> Thanks,
> Trevor Hargraves
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