Understanding Kubernetes Storage: Getting in Deep by Writing a CSI Driver

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 4:00 pm4:30 pm

Gerry Seidman, AuriStor


Understanding the many Kubernetes storage ‘objects’ along with their not-always-obvious interaction and life-cycles can be daunting (Volumes, Persistent Volumes, Persistent Volume Claims, Volume Attachments, Storage Classes, Volume Snapshots, CSIDriver, CSINode, oh my...)

Perhaps the best ways to gleen a deep understand of these storage objects and how storage-related scheduling works in Kubernetes is to write a Container Storage Initiative (CSI) driver. While most of us will never need to write a CSI driver, in this session we will make storage with Kubernetes more accessible by exploring it from an inside-out approach learned by writing a CSI Driver.

In this session you will obtain an understanding of:

  • How Kubernetes 'Volumes' relate to mounted storage available from within containers
  • The Kubernetes Declarative Model
  • The many Kubernetes Storage Objects
  • Kubernetes Scheduling and how it is influenced by storage object
  • How Kubernetes controllers move the storage objects through their life-cycles
  • What is the role and responsibility of a storage type specific CSI Driver
  • What are the roles and responsibilities of CSI support ‘Side-Cars’
  • Putting it all together and relating this all back to how to write a CSI Driver

Gerry Seidman, AuriStor

Gerry Seidman has a long career having designed and implemented many complex, secure, high-performance, high-availability and fault tolerant distributed systems. He is President at AuriStor where he is still very hands-on including the design and implementation of the AuriStor/AFS Kubernetes/CSI Driver.

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@conference {246572,
author = {Gerry Seidman},
title = {Understanding Kubernetes Storage: Getting in Deep by Writing a {CSI} Driver},
year = {2020},
address = {Santa Clara, CA},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = feb

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