The M3 stack leverages
etcd as a distributed key-value storage to:
- Update cluster configuration in realtime
- Manage placements for our distributed / sharded tiers like M3DB and M3Aggregator
- Perform leader-election in M3Aggregator
and much more!
M3DB ships with support for running embedded
seed nodes), and while this is convenient for testing and development, we don't recommend running with this setup in production.
etcd are complex distributed systems, and trying to operate both within the same binary is challenging and dangerous for production workloads.
Instead, we recommend running an external
etcd cluster that is isolated from the
M3 stack so that performing operations like node adds, removes, and replaces are easier.
While M3 relies on
etcd to provide strong consistency, the operations we use it for are all low-throughput so you should be able to operate a very low maintenance
etcd cluster. A 3-node setup for high availability should be more than sufficient for most workloads.
Configuring an External etcd Cluster
Most of our documentation demonstrates how to run
M3DB with embedded etcd nodes. Once you're ready to switch to an external
etcd cluster, all you need to do is modify the
M3DB config to remove the
seedNodes field entirely and then change the
etcdClusters to point to your external
etcd nodes instead of the
M3DB seed nodes.
For example this portion of the config
config: service: env: default_env zone: embedded service: m3db cacheDir: /var/lib/m3kv etcdClusters: - zone: embedded endpoints: - http://m3db_seed1:2379 - http://m3db_seed2:2379 - http://m3db_seed3:2379 seedNodes: initialCluster: - hostID: m3db_seed1 endpoint: http://m3db_seed1:2380 - hostID: m3db_seed2 endpoint: http://m3db_seed2:2380 - hostID: m3db_seed3 endpoint: http://m3db_seed3:2380
config: service: env: default_env zone: embedded service: m3db cacheDir: /var/lib/m3kv etcdClusters: - zone: embedded endpoints: - http://external_etcd1:2379 - http://external_etcd2:2379 - http://external_etcd3:2379
M3DB placements and namespaces are stored in
etcd so if you want to switch to an external
etcd cluster you'll need to recreate all your placements and namespaces. You can do this manually or use
etcdctl's Mirror Maker functionality.
M3Coordinator does not run embedded
etcd, so configuring it to use an external
etcd cluster is simple. Just replace the
etcdClusters in the YAML config to point to your external
etcd nodes instead of the
M3DB seed nodes. See the
M3DB example above for a detailed before/after comparison of the YAML config.
If you're running
M3DB seed nodes with embedded
etcd (which we do not recommend for production workloads) and need to perform a node add/replace/remove then follow our placement configuration guide and pay special attention to follow the special instructions for
Just follow the instructions in the etcd docs.