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This page documents the concept and vision for the shared file system service for OpenStack -- Manila. Manila derived from the Cinder project and provides a canonical storage provisioning control plane in OpenStack for shared or distributed file systems similarly to the way Cinder provides such a canonical control plane for block storage. The design and implementation of Manila provide extensibility for multiple backends (to support vendor or file system specific nuances / capabilities) but is sufficiently abstract to accommodate any of a variety of shared or distributed file system types.

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File-based storage continues to be a thriving market. Diverse applications, from server virtualization to relational or distributed databases to collaborative content creation, can leverage the performance, scalability and simplicity of management associated with file-based systems, and the large ecosystem of supporting software products.

While manila was designed to provide self-service provisioning and access control of file-shares to compute instances in multi-tenant OpenStack clouds, since it serves up storage over the network it can provide file-share infrastructure for clients running in other clouds or for bare-metal or VM hosts that themselves may provide shares for consumption by container workloads.



Source code https://github.com/openstack/manila
Bug tracker https://bugs.launchpad.net/manila
Feature tracker https://blueprints.launchpad.net/manila

Python Manila Client

Source code https://github.com/openstack/python-manilaclient
Bug tracker https://bugs.launchpad.net/python-manilaclient
Feature tracker https://blueprints.launchpad.net/python-manilaclient

Core Team

Current Core Team members


Project Agenda & Meetings

Overview Presentation from Juno (Atlanta) Summit

Getting Started with Manila

Instructions for getting started with Manila using Devstack are available at: Manila on Devstack

Developer documentation is still in progress, but is available in a draft state: Manila Documentation

For general installation instructions, see the Manila Administrator Reference.

Learn more about Shared File Systems from an Administration and Security perspective.

Project Plan & Progress

Manila Work for Stein Cycle

Design & Use Cases

Manila Component Design
Manila Use Cases

Known issues

Connection to neutron failed.




Manila/Manila Devstack Script

Manila/Setting up Manila Network Plugins