ceph #0

Supports: trusty


Ceph is a distributed storage and network file system designed to provide excellent performance, reliability, and scalability.


Ceph is a distributed storage and network file system designed to provide excellent performance, reliability, and scalability.

This charm deploys a Ceph cluster. juju


The ceph charm has two pieces of mandatory configuration for which no defaults are provided. You must set these configuration options before deployment or the charm will not work:

    uuid specific to a ceph cluster used to ensure that different
    clusters don't get mixed up - use `uuid` to generate one.

    a ceph generated key used by the daemons that manage to cluster
    to control security.  You can use the ceph-authtool command to 
    generate one:

        ceph-authtool /dev/stdout --name=mon. --gen-key

These two pieces of configuration must NOT be changed post bootstrap; attempting to do this will cause a reconfiguration error and new service units will not join the existing ceph cluster.

The charm also supports the specification of storage devices to be used in the ceph cluster.

    A list of devices that the charm will attempt to detect, initialise and
    activate as ceph storage.

    This can be a superset of the actual storage devices presented to each
    service unit and can be changed post ceph bootstrap using `juju set`.

    The full path of each device must be provided, e.g. /dev/vdb.

    For Ceph >= 0.56.6 (Raring or the Grizzly Cloud Archive) use of
    directories instead of devices is also supported.

At a minimum you must provide a juju config file during initial deployment with the fsid and monitor-secret options (contents of cepy.yaml below):

    fsid: ecbb8960-0e21-11e2-b495-83a88f44db01 
    monitor-secret: AQD1P2xQiKglDhAA4NGUF5j38Mhq56qwz+45wg==
    osd-devices: /dev/vdb /dev/vdc /dev/vdd /dev/vde

Specifying the osd-devices to use is also a good idea.

Boot things up by using:

juju deploy -n 3 --config ceph.yaml ceph

By default the ceph cluster will not bootstrap until 3 service units have been deployed and started; this is to ensure that a quorum is achieved prior to adding storage devices.

Scale Out Usage

You can use the Ceph OSD and Ceph Radosgw charms:

Contact Information


Report bugs on Launchpad


Technical Footnotes

This charm uses the new-style Ceph deployment as reverse-engineered from the Chef cookbook at https://github.com/ceph/ceph-cookbooks, although we selected a different strategy to form the monitor cluster. Since we don't know the names or addresses of the machines in advance, we use the relation-joined hook to wait for all three nodes to come up, and then write their addresses to ceph.conf in the "mon host" parameter. After we initialize the monitor cluster a quorum forms quickly, and OSD bringup proceeds.

The osds use so-called "OSD hotplugging". ceph-disk-prepare is used to create the filesystems with a special GPT partition type. udev is set up to mount such filesystems and start the osd daemons as their storage becomes visible to the system (or after udevadm trigger).

The Chef cookbook mentioned above performs some extra steps to generate an OSD bootstrapping key and propagate it to the other nodes in the cluster. Since all OSDs run on nodes that also run mon, we don't need this and did not implement it.

See the documentation for more information on Ceph monitor cluster deployment strategies and pitfalls.


(string) Which authentication flavour to use. . Valid options are "cephx" and "none". If "none" is specified, keys will still be created and deployed so that it can be enabled later.
(string) Cloud instances provider ephermeral storage which is normally mounted on /mnt. . Providing this option will force an unmount of the ephemeral device so that it can be used as a OSD storage device. This is useful for testing purposes (cloud deployment is not a typical use case).
(string) fsid of the ceph cluster. To generate a suitable value use `uuid` . This configuration element is mandatory and the service will fail on install if it is not provided.
(string) Key ID to import to the apt keyring to support use with arbitary source configuration from outside of Launchpad archives or PPA's.
(int) How many nodes to wait for before trying to create the monitor cluster this number needs to be odd, and more than three is a waste except for very large clusters.
(string) This value will become the mon. key. To generate a suitable value use: . ceph-authtool /dev/stdout --name=mon. --gen-key . This configuration element is mandatory and the service will fail on install if it is not provided.
(string) The devices to format and set up as osd volumes. . These devices are the range of devices that will be checked for and used across all service units. . For ceph >= 0.56.6 these can also be directories instead of devices - the charm assumes anything not starting with /dev is a directory instead.
(string) Format of filesystem to use for OSD devices; supported formats include: . xfs (Default >= 0.48.3) ext4 (Only option < 0.48.3) btrfs (experimental and not recommended) . Only supported with ceph >= 0.48.3.
(string) The device to use as a shared journal drive for all OSD's. By default no journal device will be used. . Only supported with ceph >= 0.48.3.
(int) Ceph osd journal size. The journal size should be at least twice the product of the expected drive speed multiplied by filestore max sync interval. However, the most common practice is to partition the journal drive (often an SSD), and mount it such that Ceph uses the entire partition for the journal. . Only supported with ceph >= 0.48.3.
(string) By default, the charm will not re-format a device that already looks as if it might be an OSD device. This is a safeguard to try to prevent data loss. . Specifying this option (any value) forces a reformat of any OSD devices found which are not already mounted.
(string) Optional configuration to support use of additional sources such as: . - ppa:myteam/ppa - cloud:precise-proposed/folsom - http://my.archive.com/ubuntu main . The last option should be used in conjunction with the key configuration option. . Note that a minimum ceph version of 0.48.2 is required for use with this charm which is NOT provided by the packages in the main Ubuntu archive for precise but is provided in the Folsom cloud archive.
(boolean) If set to True, supporting services will log to syslog.