Not sure if this is the correct place to be positing this, but here it goes…
I am new to both OpenStack and MicroStack. I have my first MicroStack cluster initialized and running but was a little disappointed that out of the box, using the --auto option during initializing, no Cinder backend is created.
I have read elsewhere that it is possible to add the backend as a loop device using the appropriate flags during initialization, and while that is better than nothing, I would prefer to be able to add the raw block devices to the Cinder backend the way I presume it is done in the full-fledged version of OpenStack.
Correct me if I am wrong but to do this, I will have to create a RAID group either via software (mdadm, ZFS) or using a RAID mode available in HBA. This also presumes that the loop device and boot/root partitions of my MicroStack install will share the same physical media which I was hoping to share.
Currently I have my MicroStack install on a SATADOM (where I would like to keep it), and HDD/SSD raw disks available for use as Cinder block devices.
What is the best way to proceed? Should I forgo MicroStack altogether and adopt the full version of OpenStack and if so, where do I begin. There does not seem to be a “free” version of OpenStack any longer unless I want to compile my own code, which I do not want to do.
Thanks in advance.