INFINIDAT InfiniBox Block Storage driver¶
The INFINIDAT Block Storage volume driver provides iSCSI and Fibre Channel support for INFINIDAT InfiniBox storage systems.
This section explains how to configure the INFINIDAT driver.
Create, delete, attach, and detach volumes.
Create, list, and delete volume snapshots.
Create a volume from a snapshot.
Copy a volume to an image.
Copy an image to a volume.
Clone a volume.
Extend a volume.
Get volume statistics.
Create, modify, delete, and list consistency groups.
Create, modify, delete, and list snapshots of consistency groups.
Create consistency group from consistency group or consistency group snapshot.
External package installation¶
The driver requires the
infinisdk package for communicating with
InfiniBox systems. Install the package from PyPI using the following command:
$ pip install infinisdk
Setting up the storage array¶
Create a storage pool object on the InfiniBox array in advance. The storage pool will contain volumes managed by OpenStack. Refer to the InfiniBox manuals for details on pool management.
cinder.conf file, which is usually located under the following
Add a section for the INFINIDAT driver back end.
[DEFAULT]section, set the
enabled_backendsparameter with the name of the new back-end section.
Configure the driver back-end section with the parameters below.
Configure the driver name by setting the following parameter:
volume_driver = cinder.volume.drivers.infinidat.InfiniboxVolumeDriver
Configure the management IP of the InfiniBox array by adding the following parameter:
san_ip = InfiniBox management IP
Configure user credentials.
The driver requires an InfiniBox user with administrative privileges. We recommend creating a dedicated OpenStack user account that holds an administrative user role. Refer to the InfiniBox manuals for details on user account management. Configure the user credentials by adding the following parameters:
san_login = infinibox_username san_password = infinibox_password
Configure the name of the InfiniBox pool by adding the following parameter:
infinidat_pool_name = Pool defined in InfiniBox
The back-end name is an identifier for the back end. We recommend using the same name as the name of the section. Configure the back-end name by adding the following parameter:
volume_backend_name = back-end name
The INFINIDAT driver supports creating thin or thick provisioned volumes. Configure thin or thick provisioning by adding the following parameter:
san_thin_provision = true/false
This parameter defaults to
Configure the connectivity protocol.
The InfiniBox driver supports connection to the InfiniBox system in both the fibre channel and iSCSI protocols. Configure the desired protocol by adding the following parameter:
infinidat_storage_protocol = iscsi/fc
This parameter defaults to
Configure iSCSI netspaces.
When using the iSCSI protocol to connect to InfiniBox systems, you must configure one or more iSCSI network spaces in the InfiniBox storage array. Refer to the InfiniBox manuals for details on network space management. Configure the names of the iSCSI network spaces to connect to by adding the following parameter:
infinidat_iscsi_netspaces = iscsi_netspace
Multiple network spaces can be specified by a comma separated string.
This parameter is ignored when using the FC protocol.
InfiniBox supports CHAP authentication when using the iSCSI protocol. To enable CHAP authentication, add the following parameter:
use_chap_auth = true
To manually define the username and password, add the following parameters:
chap_username = username chap_password = password
If the CHAP username or password are not defined, they will be auto-generated by the driver.
The CHAP parameters are ignored when using the FC protocol.
Volume compression is disabled by default. To enable volume compression, add the following parameter:
infinidat_use_compression = true
Volume compression is available on InfiniBox 3.0 onward.
[DEFAULT] enabled_backends = infinidat-pool-a [infinidat-pool-a] volume_driver = cinder.volume.drivers.infinidat.InfiniboxVolumeDriver volume_backend_name = infinidat-pool-a san_ip = 10.1.2.3 san_login = openstackuser san_password = openstackpass san_thin_provision = true infinidat_pool_name = pool-a infinidat_storage_protocol = iscsi infinidat_iscsi_netspaces = default_iscsi_space
The following table contains the configuration options that are specific to the INFINIDAT driver.
Configuration option = Default value
(List of String) List of names of network spaces to use for iSCSI connectivity
(String) Name of the pool from which volumes are allocated
(String(choices=[‘iscsi’, ‘fc’])) Protocol for transferring data between host and storage back-end.
(Boolean) Specifies whether to turn on compression for newly created volumes.