libvirt or ovirt

Ewoud Kohl van Wijngaarden ewoud+ovirt at
Tue Feb 12 10:05:54 UTC 2013

On Tue, Feb 12, 2013 at 11:45:04AM +0200, Moran Goldboim wrote:
> On 02/12/2013 01:18 AM, Ewoud Kohl van Wijngaarden wrote:
> >In the past we've talked about running libvirt or ovirt on alterway02.
> >Now that we have the server access we should really decide. I want to
> >reach an agreement before the next meeting (monday 18).
> >
> >First let's review the benefits of each. Feel free to add here.
> >
> >Benefits of libvirt:
> >- Simple to set up
> >- Uses little resources
> >
> >Benefits of ovirt:
> >- Eating our own dogfood
> >- Scales beter when we want to have multiple nodes / HA features
> >- Has an extensive API
> >
> >Both have:
> >- Good integration with foreman
> >
> >So libvirt would be a better choice if we want to set up fast, but may
> >limit us in the longer run. Also may use fewer resources, but in the
> >long run ovirt may allows us to build a bit of monitoring on top of the
> >API.
> >
> >I'd like to get more benefits and/downsides of each solution so we can
> >reach a conclusion fast.
> I personally find it hard to understand the base point here. how do we
> intend other people to use oVirt - if we are saying it's too
> complicated/high-maintenance to use. we aren't looking for the easiest
> way here, but the way we can make this project be better (on this
> aspect as well). if we find issues let's tackle them and solve it,
> working our way around would bring no added value in the long term.

While I agree with your point there is a slight nuance here. First of
all we're in need of a solution that we can implement in a short
timeframe because it's blocking other progress. For me personally I know
how to configure libvirt and would have that up and running in no time.
Then when we do have time we can start setting up oVirt. Something
we've said is that we have two rackspace machines as well. We can set up
oVirt there and convert the libvirt solution later.

Of course if someone with more experience can help set it up we'd be
very happy to accept help.

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