For any disk-intensive service on a shared cloud platform, tuning your storage device configuration for your managed storage offering (like Abiquo’s persistent VMs and External Volumes) isn’t the whole story – your cloud management platform really should create new LUNs with the right block size.
Abiquo now lets Nexenta users set the default block size for zvols created with Abiquo’s self-service managed storage options to improve the IOPS performance of the system. In this new feature we have created a property (abiquo.storagemanager.nexenta.blocksize) that allows the cloud admin to define the expected block size value for the volumes created in a datacenter.
Using this property and basing the value on the Cloud provider experience, the service that they want to provide and hypervisor used, and even the OS used on the VMs, they can implement the block size that they require for volumes created by end users in Abiquo.
Abiquo’s goal is to help customers adapt their cloud management platform to meet their customer’ needs and to help them to offer differentiated services, and with this new feature included in the 2.6.7 release we continue to deliver on this promise.
Abiquo 2.6.7 is available immediately as a free update for existing Abiquo customers running version 2.x