Manila System Architecture
The Shared File Systems service is intended to be ran on one or more nodes.
Manila uses a sql-based central database that is shared by all manila services in the system. The amount and depth of the data fits into a sql database quite well. For small deployments this seems like an optimal solution. For larger deployments, and especially if security is a concern, manila will be moving towards multiple data stores with some kind of aggregation system.
Below you will a brief explanation of the different components.
/- ( LDAP )
[ Auth Manager ] ---
| \- ( DB )
[ Web Dashboard ]- manilaclient -[ manila-api ] -- < AMQP > -- [ manila-scheduler ] -- [ manila-share ] -- ( shared filesystem )
< REST >
- DB: sql database for data storage. Used by all components (LINKS NOT SHOWN)
- Web Dashboard: external component that talks to the api. Beta extended Horizon available here: https://github.com/NetApp/horizon/tree/manila
- Auth Manager: component responsible for users/projects/and roles. Can backend to DB or LDAP. This is not a separate binary, but rather a python class that is used by most components in the system.
- More efficient share/snapshot size calculation
- Create a notion of “attached” shares with automation of mount operations
- Support for Nova-network as an alternative to Neutron
- Support for standalone operation (no dependency on Neutron/Nova-network)
- Allow admin-created share-servers and share-networks to be used by multiple tenants
- Support creation of new subnets for share servers (to connect VLANs with VXLAN/GRE/etc)
- Gateway mediated networking model with NFS-Ganesha
- Add support for more backends