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Per-Tenant Quotas

Glance supports resource consumption quotas on tenants through the
use of Keystone’s unified limits functionality. Resource limits are
registered in Keystone with suitable default values, and may be
overridden on a per-tenant basis. When a resource consumption attempt is
made in Glance, the current consumption is computed and compared against
the limit set in Keystone; the request is denied if the user is over the
specified limit.

Due to the design of Glance, most of the storage-focused quotas in
Glance are soft limits. Since Glance allows clients to
stream image data of unknown total size during an upload or import
operation, it is not possible to determine if quota has been exceeded
until after the operation has completed. Thus, a user is
permitted to go over their quota for a single operation, and then denied
additional stored on subsequent operations. There are object-focused
quotas that can help operators limit the damage caused by multiple large
competing data streams. Those details are covered below.


Glance also has legacy global resource limits that may be ignored if
per-tenant quotas are enabled. Currently the
user_storage_quota limit will be ignored if per-tenant
quotas are used.

See the Keystone docs for more information on unified

Quota Resource Types

Glance supports quota limits on multiple areas of resource
consumption. Limits are enforced at the time in which resource
consumption is attempted, so setting an existing user’s quota for any
item below the current usage will only prevent them from consuming
more data until they free up space.

Total Image Size

The image_size_total limit defines the maximum amount of
storage (in MiB) that the tenant may consume across all of their active
images. Images with multiple locations contribute to this count
according to the number of places the image is stored. Thus, if you have
a single 1GiB image stored in four locations, the usage will be
considered to be 4GiB.

Total Staging Size

The iir function
uses a two-step upload process, whereby a user first uploads an image
into the staging store, and then subsequently imports
the image to the final destination(s). The staging store is generally
local storage on the API workers themselves, and thus is likely at
somewhat of a premium, compared to the bulk shared storage allocated for
general images. The image_stage_total limit defines the
total amount of staging space that may be used. This should be set to a
value sufficient to allow a user to import one or more images at the
same time, according to your desired level of parallelism. It may be
appropriate to provide the user with a very generous
image_size_total quota, but a relatively restrictive
image_stage_total allocation, effectively limiting them to
one image being imported at any given point.

Keep in mind that images being imported using the
web-download method will need to fit within this allocation
as well, as those are first downloaded to the staging store before being
imported to the final destination(s). Images being copied from one store
to another using the copy-image method are similarly
affected. Note that the conventional image upload method does not stage
the image, and thus is not impacted by this limit.

Total Number of Images

The image_count_total limit controls the maximum number
of image objects that the user may have, regardless of the individual or
collective sizes or impact to storage. This limit may be useful if you
wish to prevent users from taking thousands of small server snapshots
without ever deleting them.

Total Number of In-Progress

Because Glance can not enforce storage-focused quotas until after a
stream is finished, it may be useful to limit the number of parallel
upload operations that can be in-progress at any single point. The
image_count_uploading limit provides this control, and
affects conventional image upload, pre-import stage (including
web-download and glance-direct), as well as
any copy-image operations that may be pending. It may be
desirable to limit untrusted users to a single in-progress image upload,
which will limit the amount of damage a malicious user may be able to
inflict on your image storage if they initiate multiple simultaneous
unbounded upload streams.

Quota Strategies

Below are a couple of use-case example strategies for different types
of deployments. In all cases, it makes sense for
image_size_total and image_stage_total to be
set to at least the size of the largest image you expect a user to use.
The global limit on a single image (see configuration item
image_size_cap) may be relevant as well. Users with an
image_count_total of zero will be unable to create any
images, and with an image_count_uploading of zero will be
able to upload data to any images.

  1. Public cloud, users are billed per-byte: In this
    case, it probably makes sense to set fairly high default quota limits
    for each of the above resource classes, allowing users to consume as
    much as they are willing to pay for. It still may be desirable to set
    image_stage_total to something modest to prevent
    overrunning limited staging space, if you have import enabled.
  2. Private cloud, trusted users are billed by quota:
    In this case, each user pays for the amount of resource they are
    allowed to consume, instead of what they are
    consuming. Generally this involves billing total space, so
    image_size_total is set to their allotment, potentially
    with some upper bound on total images via
    image_count_total. If they are somewhat trusted or
    low-impact customers, limiting the staging usage and upload count is
    probably not necessary, and can be left unbounded or set to some high
    upper bound.
  3. Private cloud, semi-trusted third party users: This
    case may be similar to either of the above in terms of paying for
    allotment or strict usage. However, the lack of full trust may suggest
    limiting the total number of image uploads to something like 10% of
    their compute quota (to allow for snapshots) and limiting staging usage
    to enough for one or two image imports at a time.

Configuring Glance for
Per-Tenant Quotas

  1. Tell Glance to use Keystone quotas


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