Dynamic Provisioning

StorageOS volumes can be created on-demand through dynamic provisioning.

  1. Create the secret needed to authenticate against the StorageOS API.
  2. Adminstrators create storage classes to define different types of storage.
  3. Users create a persistent volume claim (PVC).
  4. The user references the PVC in a pod.

The StorageOS Helm chart includes the secret and storage class, so you may skip to step 3 to provision volumes.

1. Create secret

You need to provide the correct credentials to authenticate against the StorageOS API using Kubernetes secrets. The configuration secret supports the following parameters:

  • apiAddress: The address of the StorageOS API. Defaults to tcp://localhost:5705.
  • apiUsername: The username to authenticate to the StorageOS API with.
  • apiPassword: The password to authenticate to the StorageOS API with.
  • apiVersion: The API version. Defaults to 1.

The StorageOS provider has been pre-configured to use the StorageOS API defaults. If you have changed the API port, removed the default account or changed its password (recommended), you must specify the new settings in apiAddress, apiUsername and apiPassword, encoded as base64 strings.

echo -n "tcp://" | base64

Create the secret:

cat > storageos-secret.yaml <<EOF
apiVersion: v1
kind: Secret
  name: storageos-api
type: "kubernetes.io/storageos"
  apiAddress: dGNwOi8vMTI3LjAuMC4xOjU3MDU=
  apiUsername: c3RvcmFnZW9z
  apiPassword: c3RvcmFnZW9z
oc create -f storageos-secret.yaml
secret "storageos-api" created

Verify the secret:

$ oc describe secret storageos-api
Name:		storageos-api
Namespace:	default
Labels:		<none>
Annotations:	<none>

Type:	kubernetes.io/storageos

apiAddress:	20 bytes
apiPassword:	8 bytes
apiUsername:	8 bytes

For dynamically provisioned volumes using storage classes, the secret can be created in any namespace. Note that you would want this to be an admin-controlled namespace with restricted access to users. Specify the secret namespace as parameter adminSecretNamespace and name as parameter adminSecretName in storage classes.

For Persistent Volumes, secrets must be created in the Pod namespace. Specify the secret name using the secretName parameter when attaching existing volumes in Pods or creating new persistent volumes.

Mutiple credentials can be used by creating different secrets.

2. Create storage class

StorageOS supports the following storage class parameters:

  • pool: The name of the StorageOS distributed capacity pool to provision the volume from; defaults to default.
  • description: The description to assign to volumes that were created dynamically. All volume descriptions will be the same for the storage class, but different storage classes can be used to allow descriptions for different use cases. Defaults to Kubernetes volume.
  • fsType: The default filesystem type to request. Note that user-defined rules within StorageOS may override this value. Defaults to ext4.
  • adminSecretNamespace: The namespace where the API configuration secret is located. Required if adminSecretName set.
  • adminSecretName: The name of the secret to use for obtaining the StorageOS API credentials. If not specified, default values will be attempted.
  1. Create storage class
 cat > storageos-sc.yaml <<EOF
 kind: StorageClass
 apiVersion: storage.k8s.io/v1beta1
   name: fast
 provisioner: kubernetes.io/storageos
   pool: default
   description: Kubernetes volume
   fsType: ext4
   adminSecretNamespace: default
   adminSecretName: storageos-api
 oc create -f storageos-sc.yaml

Verify the storage class has been created:

 oc describe storageclass fast

 Name:           fast
 IsDefaultClass: No
 Annotations:    <none>
 Provisioner:    kubernetes.io/storageos
 Parameters:     adminSecretName=storageos-api,adminSecretNamespace=default,description=Kubernetes volume,fsType=ext4,pool=default
 Events:         <none>

3. Create a persistent volume claim

 cat > storageos-sc-pvc.yaml <<EOF
 apiVersion: v1
 kind: PersistentVolumeClaim
   name: fast0001
     volume.beta.kubernetes.io/storage-class: fast
     - ReadWriteOnce
       storage: 5Gi

Create the persistent volume claim (pvc):

 oc create -f storageos-sc-pvc.yaml

Verify the pvc has been created:

 oc describe pvc fast0001

 Name:         fast0001
 Namespace:    default
 StorageClass: fast
 Status:       Bound
 Volume:       pvc-480952e7-f8e0-11e6-af8c-08002736b526
 Labels:       <none>
 Annotations:	pv.kubernetes.io/bind-completed=yes
 Capacity:     5Gi
 Access Modes: RWO

A new persistent volume will also be created and bound to the pvc:

 oc describe pv pvc-480952e7-f8e0-11e6-af8c-08002736b526

 Name:            pvc-480952e7-f8e0-11e6-af8c-08002736b526
 Labels:          storageos.driver=filesystem
 StorageClass:    fast
 Status:          Bound
 Claim:           default/fast0001
 Reclaim Policy:  Delete
 Access Modes:    RWO
 Capacity:        5Gi
     Type:            StorageOS (a StorageOS Persistent Disk resource)
     VolumeName:      pvc-480952e7-f8e0-11e6-af8c-08002736b526
     VolumeNamespace: default
     FSType:          ext4
     ReadOnly:        false
 Events               <none>

4. Create a pod

Create a pod which uses the persistent volume claim:

 cat > storageos-sc-pvcpod.yaml <<EOF
 apiVersion: v1
 kind: Pod
     name: nginx
     role: master
   name: test-storageos-nginx-sc-pvc
     - name: master
       image: nginx
         - name: MASTER
           value: "true"
         - containerPort: 80
           cpu: "0.1"
         - mountPath: /usr/share/nginx/html
           name: nginx-data
     - name: nginx-data
         claimName: fast0001

 oc create -f storageos-sc-pvcpod.yaml

Verify that the pod has been created:

 oc get pods test-storageos-nginx-sc-pvc

 NAME                          READY     STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
 test-storageos-nginx-sc-pvc   1/1       Running   0          44s


On the master OpenShift server:

rm -f storageos-{secrets,pod,pv,pvc,pvcpod,sc,sc-pv,sc-pvcpod}.yaml
oc delete pod test-storageos-nginx-sc-pvc test-storageos-nginx-pvc test-storageos-nginx
oc delete pods $(oc get pods |grep ^test-storageos |cut -d' ' -f 1)

oc delete pvc pvc0001 fast0001
oc delete pv pv0001
oc delete secret storageos-api
oc delete storageclass fast

On an OpenShift node:

storageos volume rm default/nginx-vol01 default/nginx-pv01