2.7. Understanding Storage Tiers

In Virtuozzo Infrastructure Platform terminology, tiers are disk groups that allow you to organize storage workloads based on your criteria. For example, you can use tiers to separate workloads produced by different tenants. Or you can have a tier of fast SSDs for service or virtual environment workloads and a tier of high-capacity HDDs for backup storage.

When assigning disks to tiers (which you can do at any time), have in mind that faster storage drives should be assigned to higher tiers. For example, you can use tier 0 for backups and other cold data (CS without SSD cache), tier 1 for virtual environments—a lot of cold data but fast random writes (CS with SSD cache), tier 2 for hot data (CS on SSD), caches, specific disks, and such.

This recommendation is related to how Virtuozzo Infrastructure Platform works with storage space. If a storage tier runs out of free space, Virtuozzo Infrastructure Platform will attempt to temporarily use the space of the lower tiers down to the lowest. If the lowest tier also becomes full, Virtuozzo Infrastructure Platform will attempt to use a higher one. If you add more storage to the original tier later, the data, temporarily stored elsewhere, will be moved to the tier where it should have been stored originally. For example, if you try to write data to the tier 2 and it is full, Virtuozzo Infrastructure Platform will attempt to write that data to tier 1, then to tier 0. If you add more storage to tier 2 later, the aforementioned data, now stored on the tier 1 or 0, will be moved back to the tier 2 where it was meant to be stored originally.

Inter-tier data allocation as well as the transfer of data to the original tier occurs in the background. You can disable such migration and keep tiers strict as described in the Administrator’s Command Line Guide.

Note

With the exception of out-of-space situations, automatic migration of data between tiers is not supported.