Rules apply custom configuration to volumes based on matched labels.


Rules are used for managing data policy and placement using StorageOS features such as replication, QoS and compression.

Rules are created using labels and selectors to evaluate which StorageOS features to apply.

Rules are evaluated when a volume is created. If the selector is satisfied, the labels are applied to the new volume.

Required parameters

The minimum parameters to create a rule are --selector and --label.

Create a rule that configures 2 replicas for volumes with the label env=prod:

$ storageos rule create --namespace default --selector 'env==prod' --label replicator

Optional parameters

Rules also accept the optional parameters --action and --weight.

-a, --action string Rule action (add|remove) (default "add")

Where multiple rules apply to the same label, a weight is used to determine the order of evaluation. Rules are evaluated starting at the lowest weight.

-w, --weight int Rule weight determines processing order, any integer

Using rules

To create a rule that configures 2 replicas for volumes with the label env=prod:

$ storageos rule create --namespace default --selector 'env==prod' --action add --label replicator

View rules:

$ storageos rule ls
default/dev-marker   !   add     env=dev
default/prod-marker>1  add     env=prod
default/replicator   env==prod                 add
default/uat-marker<2  add     env=uat

Inspect a rule:

$ storageos rule inspect default/replicator
        "id": "9db3252a-bd14-885b-0d0a-b0da1dd2d4a1",
        "name": "replicator",
        "namespace": "default",
        "description": "",
        "active": true,
        "weight": 5,
        "action": "add",
        "selector": "env==prod",
        "labels": {
            "": "2"

Then, create a volume:

storageos volume create -n default -s 1 --label env=prod prodVolume

Once it’s created, inspect it:

storageos volume inspect default/prodvolume

You should see that it has two replicas provisioned and additional labels attached:

"labels": {
        "env": "prod",
        "storageos.driver": "filesystem",
        "": "2"

Delete a rule:

$ storageos rule rm default/replicator

Using advanced selectors

Let’s create several rules that instead of adding feature label it would read it’s value and based on it would label volumes with dev/uat/prod env values.

First, create a rule to label dev environments:

storageos rule create --namespace default --selector '!' --action add --label env=dev dev-marker

This rule will be matching volumes that do not have (!) label and will add env=dev label. Now, create a second rule to select volumes that have 1 replica (< 2) and add uat env label to them:

storageos rule create --namespace default --selector '<2' --action add --label env=uat uat-marker

Create new volume with 1 replica:

storageos volume create --namespace default --label uat-volume

Inspect it:

storageos volume inspect default/uat-volume

Labels should look like:

"labels": {
    "env": "uat",
    "storageos.driver": "filesystem",
    "": "1"

Finally, create a rule that will mark volumes as prod if they have 2 or more (gt) configured replicas:

storageos rule create --namespace default --selector '>1' --label env=prod prod-marker

Volumes created with 2 or more replicas should get env=prod label.