We recommend the following setup for deploying Longhorn in production.
It’s recommended to run an OS from the following list for every node of your Kubernetes cluster:
We recommend the following setup for nodes and disks.
It’s recommended to dedicate a disk for Longhorn storage for production, instead of using the root disk.
If you need to use the root disk, use the default
minimal available storage percentage setup which is 25%, and set
overprovisioning percentage to 200% to minimize the chance of DiskPressure.
If you’re using a dedicated disk for Longhorn, you can lower the setting
minimal available storage percentage to 10%.
For the Over-provisioning percentage, it depends on how much space your volume uses on average. For example, if your workload only uses half of the available volume size, you can set the Over-provisioning percentage to
200, which means Longhorn will consider the disk to have twice the schedulable size as its full size minus the reserved space.
Since Longhorn doesn’t currently support sharding between the different disks, we recommend using LVM to aggregate all the disks for Longhorn into a single partition, so it can be easily extended in the future.
Any extra disks must be written in the
/etc/fstab file to allow automatic mounting after the machine reboots.
Don’t use a symbolic link for the extra disks. Use
mount --bind instead of
ln -s and make sure it’s in the
fstab file. For details, see the section about multiple disk support.
To use a directory other than the default
/var/lib/longhorn for storage, the
Default Data Path setting can be changed before installing the system. For details on changing pre-installation settings, refer to this section.
The Default node/disk configuration feature can be used to customize the default disk after installation. Customizing the default configurations for disks and nodes is useful for scaling the cluster because it eliminates the need to configure Longhorn manually for each new node if the node contains more than one disk, or if the disk configuration is different for new nodes. Remember to enable
Create default disk only on labeled node if applicable.
If you’re using
ext4 as the filesystem of the volume, we recommend adding a liveness check to workloads to help automatically recover from a network-caused interruption, a node reboot, or a Docker restart. See this section for details.
We highly recommend using the built-in backup feature of Longhorn.
For each volume, schedule at least one recurring backup. If you must run Longhorn in production without a backupstore, then schedule at least one recurring snapshot for each volume.
Longhorn system will create snapshots automatically when rebuilding a replica. Recurring snapshots or backups can also automatically clean up the system-generated snapshot.
We recommend allowing Longhorn Engine to have guaranteed CPU allocation. The value is how many CPUs should be reserved for each Engine/Replica Instance Manager Pod created by Longhorn. By default, the value is 0.25 CPUs. For details, refer to the settings reference.
We don’t recommend modifying the default StorageClass named
longhorn, since the change of parameters might cause issues during an upgrade later. If you want to change the parameters set in the StorageClass, you can create a new StorageClass by referring to the StorageClass examples.
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