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3. Understanding Glance > Architecture

Architecture

There are three pieces to Glance architecture: glance-api, glance-registry, and the image store. As you can probably guess, glance-api accepts API calls, much like nova-api, and the actual image blobs are placed in the image store. The glance-registry stores and retrieves metadata about images. The image store can be a number of different object stores, including Swift. Figure 3-1 illustrates Glance’s logical architecture.

Glance Logical Architecture

Figure 3-1. Glance Logical Architecture

glance-api is similar in functionality to nova-api, in that it accepts incoming API requests and then communicates with the other components (glance-registry and the image store) to facilitate querying, retrieving, uploading, or deleting images. By default, glance-api listens on port 9292.


  

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