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The magic of Virtualization: Proxmox VE introductory course

Selectel corporate blog System administration *

Today, I am going to explain how to quickly deploy several virtual servers with different operating systems on a single physical server without much effort. This will enable any system administrator to manage the whole corporate IT infrastructure in a centralized manner and save a huge amount of resources.
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Total votes 9: ↑9 and ↓0 +9
Views 1.3K
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Bcache against Flashcache for Ceph Object Storage

Selectel corporate blog IT Infrastructure *Server Administration *Data storage *Data storages *

Fast SSDs are getting cheaper every year, but they are still smaller and more expensive than traditional HDD drives. But HDDs have much higher latency and are easily saturated. However, we want to achieve low latency for the storage system, and a high capacity too. There’s a well-known practice of optimizing performance for big and slow devices — caching. As most of the data on a disk is not accessed most of the time but some percentage of it is accessed frequently, we can achieve a higher quality of service by using a small cache.

Server hardware and operating systems have a lot of caches working on different levels. Linux has a page cache for block devices, a dirent cache and an inode cache on the filesystem layer. Disks have their own cache inside. CPUs have caches. So, why not add one more persistent cache layer for a slow disk?
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Total votes 16: ↑16 and ↓0 +16
Views 1K
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From High Ceph Latency to Kernel Patch with eBPF/BCC

Selectel corporate blog High performance *Configuring Linux *Server Administration *


There are a lot of tools for debugging kernel and userspace programs in Linux. Most of them have performance impact and cannot easily be run in production environments. A few years ago, eBPF was developed, which provides the ability to trace the kernel and userspace with low overhead, without needing to recompile programs or load kernel modules.

There are now plenty of tools that use eBPF and in this article, we’ll explain how to write your own profiling tool using the PythonBCC library. This article is based on a real issue from the production environment. We’ll walk you through solving the problem and show how existing bcc tools could be used in some cases.
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Total votes 13: ↑11 and ↓2 +9
Views 3.3K
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