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Re: Snapshots only on Primary Storage feature


The whole point of the original PR was to optionally disable this functionality.

We don't expose views of the backup state to our customers (we have our own customer interfaces) and it's a large waste of space for us to be backing up tons of VM images when we have a solid primary storage infrastructure that already has lots of resiliency.


I guess we're going to have to revisit this again before we can consider rebasing on 4.11.

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From: Suresh Kumar Anaparti <sureshkumar.anaparti@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2018 2:21 PM
To: dev
Subject: Re: Snapshots only on Primary Storage feature

Hi Si,

No. not possible to disable the backup to secondary. It copies the volume
snapshot to secondary in a background thread using asyncBackup param (set
to true) and allows other operations during that time.

I understand that the backup was on demand when any operations are
performed on the snapshot. But, backup during that time may take
considerable time (depending on the snapshot size and the network
bandwidth), which can result in the job timeout and the User may assume
that it is already Backed up based on its state, unless it is documented.

-Suresh

On Fri, May 18, 2018 at 12:23 AM, Simon Weller <sweller@xxxxxxx.invalid>
wrote:

> Suresh,
>
>
> With this new merged  PR, is it possible to disable the backup to
> secondary completely? I can't tell from the reference spec and we're not on
> a 4.10/4.11 base yet.
>
> For the record, in the instances where a volume or template from snapshot
> was required, the backup image was copied on demand to secondary.
>
> In an ideal world, secondary storage wouldn't even be involved in most of
> these options, instead using the native clone features of the underlying
> storage.
>
>
> - Si
>
> ________________________________
> From: Suresh Kumar Anaparti <sureshkumar.anaparti@xxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2018 1:37 PM
> To: dev@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Cc: Nathan Johnson
> Subject: Re: Snapshots only on Primary Storage feature
>
> Hi Glen / Si,
>
> In PR# 1697, the global setting *snapshot.backup.rightafter* if set to
> true, it'll be the default behaviour and snapshot is copied to the
> secondary storage. If set to false, then the snapshot state transitions are
> mocked and Snapshot would be in BackedUp state even though it is not really
> in Secondary storage, which doesn't make sense. Also, that will enable to
> create a volume or template from the snapshot, which will obviously fail.
>
> This behavior was changed with the PR
> https://github.com/apache/cloudstack/pull/2081. There is a clear
> separation
> of create and backup volume snapshot operations. The global setting
> *snapshot.backup.rightafter* has been removed in PR# 2081.
>
> -Suresh
>
> On Thu, May 17, 2018 at 8:40 PM, Simon Weller <sweller@xxxxxxx.invalid>
> wrote:
>
> > Glen,
> >
> >
> > This feature was implemented in 4.9 by my colleague Nathan Johnson.  You
> > enable it by changing the global setting  snapshot.backup.rightafter to
> > false.
> >
> >
> > The PR is reference here: https://github.com/apache/cloudstack/pull/1697
> >
> >
> > We have the exact same use case as you, as we also use Ceph.
> >
> >
> > - Si
> >
> >
> > ________________________________
> > From: Glen Baars <glen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> > Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2018 9:46 AM
> > To: dev@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > Subject: Snapshots only on Primary Storage feature
> >
> >
> > Hello Devs,
> >
> >
> >
> > I have been thinking about a feature request and want to see what people
> > think about the use case.
> >
> >
> >
> > We use KVM + Ceph RBD as storage.
> >
> >
> >
> > Currently, when a client takes a snapshot, Cloudstack takes a Ceph
> > snapshot and then uses qemu-img to export to secondary storage. This
> > creates a full backup of the server. Clients want to use this as a daily
> > snapshot and it isn’t feasible due to the space requirements.
> >
> >
> >
> > We would like create the snapshot only on primary storage. It is
> > replicated offsite and fault tolerant. I can see that the download
> snapshot
> > and create template features may be an issue.
> >
> >
> >
> > I have seen the below features in the recent releases and wondered if
> this
> > was the direction that the development was going.
> >
> > Separation of volume snapshot creation on primary storage and backing
> > operation on secondary storage.
> >
> > Bypass secondary storage template copy/transfer for KVM.
> >
> > Kind regards,
> >
> > Glen Baars
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