LessFS is a filesystem deduplication project. The aim is to reduce disk usage where filesystem blocks are identical by only storing 1 block and using pointers to the original block for copies. This method of storage is becoming popular in Enterprise solutions for reducing disk backups and minimising virtual machine storage in particular.
- Name: Duncan Innes
- Email: duncan AT innes DOT net
- Targeted release: ?
- Last updated: 2010-11-12
- Percentage of completion: 0%
Data deduplication is often used for backup purposes and for virtual machine image storage. lessfs can determine if data is redundant by calculating an unique (192 bit) tiger hash of each block of data that is written. When lessfs has determined that a block of data needs to be stored it first compresses the block with LZO or QUICKLZ compression. The combination of these two techniques results in a very high overall compression rate for many types of data. Multimedia files like mp3, avi or jpg files can not be compressed by lessfs when they are only stored once on the filesystem.
Benefit to Fedora
This will bring an as yet unavailable enterprise tool to Fedora. Storage is becoming the biggest consumer of energy in the datacentre. De-duplication will help bring that power and cost requirement down.
Attempts have been made to package as an RPM but seem to have stalled.
How To Test
De-duplication will be noticeable to target users by greatly reducing the disk space requirements for backups to disk and for virtual machine storage. Greater reductions are seen where many images/backups share a common data set.
None necessary - this is a new feature and does not change any current part of Fedora