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What is the best filesystem for KVM Hypervisor?

raw + VirtIO or qcow2 + VirtIO ?

Performance is the main issue.

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raw + virtio provides slightly better performance, but it lacks the snapshot ability. None of these is actually a filesystem, by the way.

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Thanks, and which caching method do you suggest? writeback, writethrough or none ? –  Zim3r Sep 4 '12 at 11:49
    
none is fine if you have cache in the disks and the controller –  dyasny Sep 4 '12 at 12:13
    
I actually didn't set any cache in the disks. and what is controller? Thanks –  Zim3r Sep 4 '12 at 12:19
    
and my last issue: is there much difference between qcow2 without virtio and raw+virtio? Thanks –  Zim3r Sep 4 '12 at 12:30
    
controller is the SCSI card that your disks/disk backplane are connected to. In normal servers it has it's own cache and battery. as for with or without virtio - always go with for better performance. –  dyasny Sep 4 '12 at 13:18

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