Shared File Systems

The Shared File Systems service (manila) provides a set of services for management of shared file systems in a multi-tenant cloud environment. It is similar to how OpenStack provides block-based storage management through the OpenStack Block Storage service (cinder) project. With the Shared File Systems service, you can create a shared file system and manage its properties, such as visibility, accessibility and usage quotas.

The Shared File Systems service works with various storage providers that use the following shared file system protocols: NFS, CIFS, GlusterFS, and HDFS.

The Shared File Systems service serves the same purpose as Amazon Elastic File System (EFS).