Longhorn Alternatives

Similar projects and alternatives to longhorn

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Posts with mentions or reviews of longhorn. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-10-15.
  • Dynamic storage class in K3s on docker
    Longhorn is exactly what you're looking for. It's easy to set up and backs up to NFS.
  • Rancher Desktop, a Docker Desktop Replacement
    news.ycombinator.com | 2021-10-11
    More than performance, I am worried about security. They don't seem to have considered it at all when building it: https://github.com/longhorn/longhorn/issues/1983

    Probably not a good recommendation until this hole is plugged.

    news.ycombinator.com | 2021-10-11
    They've also got Longhorn, a distributed container-attached storage solution that's very simple to understand and easy to deploy. Performance is another thing but that's the same with all of the general networked storage solutions (Ceph included).

    Rancher's got a well deserved good impression in my mind, though early on I avoided it since it seemed like they were building a walled garden.

    [0]: https://github.com/longhorn/longhorn

  • Should We Replace Docker Desktop With Rancher Desktop?
    All of their projects have been fully open, monetized with enterprise support. They straight up fully donated their storage project to the CNCF. They've been good stewards of all the tools so far with ones like k3s greatly benefitting the community. And have put a decent amount of effort into putting resources supporting issues on even non-paid issues on the GitHub projects.
  • ZFS and Ceph
    reddit.com/r/zfs | 2021-09-22
    Also just in case the above wasn't enough I'm probably actually going to run Longhorn because it's just SO much easier than Ceph to manage and gives me the availability for a ~40% perf loss AFAIK.
  • Those running Kubernetes, what is in your core stack? And what "gem" can you not live without?
    reddit.com/r/homelab | 2021-09-19
    Longhorn for Kubernetes storage. It lets me automatically provision PersistentVolumes and snapshot/back them up to S3. I've read that other things such as Ceph and Rook are more stable and I've definitely been bit by some non-critical bugs, but the project is very active and bugs are squashed quickly (though they don't release very frequently). This is the gem I can't live without, being able to snapshot, backup and restore things like my Plex volume has saved me at least a dozen times already.
  • Selfhosted storage recommendation
    Another consideration is using something like https://longhorn.io/, it's a bit like ceph, and supports mirroring over two nodes
  • Home Kubernetes Cluster
  • It took almost a full day, but I finally got a decent homelab diagram :D Feedback is most welcome!
    reddit.com/r/homelab | 2021-08-22
    longhorn: https://github.com/longhorn/longhorn
  • What open source projects or free/freemium/low-cost hosted services do you use for personal/homelab purposes?
    reddit.com/r/devops | 2021-08-16
  • Kubernetes Course focusing on real world usage
    You'll quickly find out that you need some persistent storage or some replication for the DB part: that's where you need persistent volumes like Longhorn or an external storage provider mechanism. Like NFS or iSCSI. You don't need PVs for stateless apps and many apps if well done, are stateless. That's how they scale after all.
  • Should I be using Kubernetes?
    reddit.com/r/homelab | 2021-07-19
    Longhorn is a good option. It's pretty easy to install and get up and running in a k8s cluster.
  • 32 Node KBN-I/5200 Kubernetes cluster running Debian 10/K8s 1.17/Intel Core i7/8GB RAM each. Used the standoffs and mounted each 8 stack to empty trays. Disks are 64GB USB3 sticks.
    reddit.com/r/homelab | 2021-07-01
    It's a little complicated at first but there's also OpenEBS and Longhorn. Longhorn is probably the most easiest to get going with, but I chose rook-ceph because it's very stable.
  • Longhorn for K3 is the Devil of Storage
    https://github.com/longhorn/longhorn/issues/2507 which can result in very slow starting or even timeout for a large amount of small files, due to FIEMAP call in ext4 can take forever
    My only issue with longhorn was trying to snapshot and export PVCs greater than a couple hundred gigabytes of small files. I'm sure this is a edge case but I've had an issue open in their github about it. Still waiting to see it fixed before I consider moving back.


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