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Cinder is a block storage service for OpenStack. It virtualizes the management of block storage devices and provides end users with a self-service API to request and consume these resources without the need to know where their storage is physically deployed or on what type of device.

Main features

  • Manages instance volumes
  • Works in tandem with Nova for the creation of new instances
  • Cinder uses Ceph as backend

Infomaniak Public Cloud

There are several ways of handling disk storage in the Infomaniak Public Cloud.

  • System disk is the first disk in the flavor and are generally used to store the operating system created from an image when the virtual machine is booted.

  • Volumes are persistent virtualized block devices independent of any particular instance. Volumes may be attached to a single instance at a time, but may be detached or reattached to a different instance while retaining all data, much like a USB drive. The size of the volume can be selected when it is created within the quota limits for the particular project.

Not available in the infomaniak Openstack Public Cloud :

  • Ephemeral disk. With the introduction of volumes, ephemeral disk is mostly obsolete. It exists only for the life of a virtual machine instance, it will persist across reboots of the guest operating system but when the instance is deleted so is the associated storage. The size of the ephemeral storage is defined in the virtual machine flavor.


  • System disk are stored on a Ceph backend, providing best resiliency, good IO/s and and good throughput

  • Volumes are stored on a Ceph backend, providing the same set than system disks meaning : best resiliency, good IO/s and good throughput. Several types are available with various performances and cost.