SwiftOnFile project enables GlusterFS volume to be used as backend for Openstack Swift - a distributed object store. This allows objects PUT over Swift's RESTful API to be accessed as files over filesystem interface and vice versa i.e files created over filesystem interface (NFS/FUSE/native) can be accessed as objects over Swift's RESTful API.
SwiftOnFile project was formerly known as
gluster-swift and also as
(Unified File and Object) before that. More information about SwiftOnFile can
be found here.
There are differences in working of gluster-swift (now obsolete) and swiftonfile
projects. The older gluster-swift code and relevant documentation can be found
in icehouse branch
of swiftonfile repo.
SwiftOnFile vs gluster-swift
|One GlusterFS volume maps to and stores only one Swift account. Mountpoint Hierarchy:
||One GlusterFS volume or XFS partition can have multiple accounts. Mountpoint Hierarchy:
|Over-rides account server, container server and object server. We need to keep in sync with upstream Swift and often may need code changes or workarounds to support new Swift features||Implements only object-server. Very less need to catch-up to Swift as new features at proxy,container and account level would very likely be compatible with SwiftOnFile as it's just a storage policy.|
|Does not use DBs for accounts and container.A container listing involves a filesystem crawl.A HEAD on account/container gives inaccurate or stale results without FS crawl.||Uses Swift's DBs to store account and container information. An account or container listing does not involve FS crawl. Accurate info on HEAD to account/container – ability to support account quotas.|
|GET on a container and account lists actual files in filesystem.||GET on a container and account only lists objects PUT over Swift. Files created over filesystem interface do not appear in container and object listings.|
|Standalone deployment required and does not integrate with existing Swift cluster.||Integrates with any existing Swift deployment as a Storage Policy.|