Load balancing Qumulo
Qumulo is the leader in Hybrid Cloud File Storage, providing real-time visibility, scale and control of your data across on-premises and cloud. Qumulo’s real-time analytics enable you to understand your storage at a granular level, detect bottlenecks and accelerate performance. Built to scale across data center and cloud, Qumulo lets you programmatically configure and manage usage, capacity and performance. Qumulo’s innovative approach continuously delights customers with new capabilities, 100% usable capacity and direct access to experts.
Loadbalancer.org complements intelligently designed storage systems, making sure that data isn’t just protected, but accessible at all times. Thanks to our object storage expertise, we can help businesses to meet growing data demands through scalability and interoperability.
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Qumulo architecture supports High Availability (HA) clustering by putting a load balancer in front of it.
Load balancers monitor and perform health checks on a node to ensure traffic is routed correctly to healthy nodes. Without the use of a load balancer, an offline or failed node would still receive traffic, causing failures.
For load balancing Qumulo we recommend Layer 4 Direct Routing (DR) mode, sometimes referred to as Direct Server Return (DSR). However, Layer 4 NAT, Layer 4 SNAT and Layer 7 SNAT can also be used. The best method for your deployment depends on a variety of factors. Layer 4 DR mode is fastest, but requires the ARP problem to be solved, and the application running on the real servers to respond both to its own IP address and the VIP. Layer 4 NAT mode requires the default gateway on the real servers to be the load balancer. Layer 4 SNAT mode doesn’t require real server changes, but unlike the other Layer 4 methods, is non-transparent. Layer 7 SNAT mode is also non-transparent and requires no real server changes – but it doesn’t offer the raw throughput of Layer 4 methods.
With Layer 4 Direct Routing, a node does not rely on sending its reply traffic via the load balancer. Instead, the back-end nodes have the VIP or load balancer address attached to their local interface, and so can send a TCP reply directly back to the client with the source address the client is expecting.