Hedvig Volume Driver

Hedvig provides software-defined storage for enterprises building private, hybrid, or multi-cloud environments. Hedvig’s patented Universal Data Plane technology forms a distributed, scale-out cluster that transforms commodity servers or cloud computing into a unified data fabric.

The Hedvig Cinder Driver interacts with a configured backend Hedvig Cluster using REST APIs.

Using the Hedvig Volume Driver

With the Hedvig Volume Driver for OpenStack, you can :

  • Integrate public and private clouds:

    Build a unified hybrid environment to easily migrate to or from your data center and public clouds.

  • Set granular virtual disk policies:

    Assign enterprise-class features on a per volume basis to best fit your application requirements.

  • Connect to any compute environment:

    Use with any hypervisor, application, or bare-metal system.

  • Grow seamlessly with an elastic cluster:

    Scale storage performance and capacity on-the-fly with off-the-shelf x86 servers.

  • Deliver predictable performance:

    Receive consistent high-IOPS performance for demanding applications through massive parallelism, dedicated flash, and edge cache configurations.


Hedvig Volume Driver, version 1.0.0 and later, supports Hedvig release 3.0 and later.

Supported operations

Hedvig supports the core features of OpenStack Cinder:

  • Create and delete volumes

  • Attach and detach volumes

  • Create and delete snapshots

  • Create volume from snapshot

  • Get volume stats

  • Copy image to volume

  • Copy volume to image

  • Clone volume

  • Extend volume

  • Enable deduplication, encryption, cache, compression, custom replication policy on a volume level using volume-type extra-specs

Hedvig Volume Driver configuration

The Hedvig Volume Driver can be configured by editing the cinder.conf file located in the /etc/cinder/ directory.


san_ip=<Comma-separated list of HEDVIG_IP/HOSTNAME of the cluster nodes>

Run the following commands on the OpenStack Cinder Node to create a Volume Type for Hedvig:

cinder type-create HEDVIG_VOLUME_TYPE
cinder type-key HEDVIG_VOLUME_TYPE  set volume_backend_name=HEDVIG_BACKEND_NAME

This section contains definitions of the terms used above.


The IP address or hostnames of the Hedvig Storage Cluster Nodes


Username to login to the Hedvig Cluster with minimum super user (admin) privilege


Password to login to the Hedvig Cluster


Name of the Hedvig Cluster


Restart the cinder-volume service after updating the cinder.conf file to apply the changes and to initialize the Hedvig Volume Driver.

Hedvig QoS Spec parameters and values

  • dedup_enable – true/false

  • compressed_enable – true/false

  • cache_enable – true/false

  • replication_factor – 1-6

  • replication_policy – Agnostic/RackAware/DataCenterAware

  • replication_policy_info – comma-separated list of data center names (applies only to a replication_policy of DataCenterAware)

  • disk_residence – Flash/HDD

  • encryption – true/false

Creating a Hedvig Cinder Volume with custom attributes (QoS Specs)

  1. Create a QoS Spec with the list of attributes that you want to associate with a volume. For example, to create a Cinder Volume with deduplication enabled, create a QoS Spec called dedup_enable with dedup_enable=true

  2. Create a new volume type and associate this QoS Spec with it, OR associate the QoS Spec with an existing volume type.

  3. Every Cinder Volume that you create of the above volume type will have deduplication enabled.

  4. If you do create a new volume type, make sure to add the key volume_backend_name so OpenStack knows that the Hedvig Volume Driver handles all requests for this volume.