What operating system should I install on my servers?

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SwiftStack supports the following Linux operating systems for SwiftStack Cluster Nodes:

  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, or 16.04 LTS Server 64-bit
  • Red Hat 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, or 7.4 Server 64-bit
  • CentOS 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, or 7.4 Server 64-bit

You cannot run SwiftStack on a desktop or 32-bit versions of any of the above supported operating systems.

You can use your operating system’s default partitioning, but we generally recommend setting up your OS disk as a single large root partition, as a number of top level directories are used to store databases, logs, and temporary files. Keeping all of your available disk space in the root partition will prevent you from running into issues later down the road with individual partitions filling up and needing to be adjusted.

Both standard partitioning and LVM will work. We recommend using standard formatting, however, as LVM generally doesn’t provide any benefits for the boot disk in a Swift node.

The SwiftStack Controller, as of version 5, will only run on RHEL-based Linux distros (RHEL, CentOS, and Oracle Linux) 7.1 or newer.

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