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Hello World application using GlusterFS Dynamic Provisioning

At this point, we have a working Kubernetes cluster deployed, and a working Heketi Server. Next we will create a simple NGINX HelloWorld application utilizing Kubernetes Dynamic Provisioning and Heketi.

This example assumes some familiarity with Kubernetes and the Kubernetes Persistent Storage model.

Verify our environment and gather some information to be used in later steps.

Identify the Heketi REST URL and Server IP Address:


By default, user_authorization is disabled. If it were enabled, you might also need to find the rest user and rest user secret key (not applicable for this example as any values will work). It is also possible to configure a secret and pass the credentials to the Gluster dynamic provisioner via StorageClass parameters.

Dynamic provisioner in Kubernetes 1.4

NOTE: Endpoints define the GlusterFS cluster, for version 1.4.X this is a required parameter for the StorageClass. For versions later than 1.4.X skip this step.

Identify the Gluster Storage Endpoint to be passed in as a parameter to the StorageClass (heketi-storage-endpoints):

kubectl get endpoints
NAME                       ENDPOINTS                                            AGE
heketi                                                  22h
heketi-storage-endpoints,,   22h
kubernetes                                          23h

Dynamic provisioner in Kubernetes >= 1.5

Starting with Kubernetes 1.5 a manual Endpoint is no longer necessary for the GlusterFS dynamic provisioner. In Kubernetes 1.6 and later manually specifying an endpoint will cause the provisioning to fail. When the dynamic provisioner creates a volume it will also automatically create the Endpoint.

There are other StorageClass parameters (e.g. cluster, GID) which were added to the Gluster dynamic provisioner in Kubernetes. Please refer to GlusterFS Dynamic Provisioning for more details on these parameters.

Create a StorageClass for our GlusterFS Dynamic Provisioner

Kuberentes Storage Classes are used to manage and enable Persistent Storage in Kubernetes. Below is an example of a Storage Class that will request 5GB of on-demand storage to be used with our HelloWorld application.

For Kubernetes 1.4:
kind: StorageClass
  name: gluster-heketi  <1>
provisioner:  <2>
  endpoint: "heketi-storage-endpoints"  <3>
  resturl: ""  <4>
  restuser: "joe"  <5>
  restuserkey: "My Secret Life"  <6>
For Kubernetes 1.5 and later:
kind: StorageClass
  name: gluster-heketi  <1>
provisioner:  <2>
  resturl: ""  <4>
  restuser: "joe"  <5>
  restuserkey: "My Secret Life"  <6>

<1> Name of the Storage Class

<2> Provisioner

<3> GlusterFS defined EndPoint taken from Step 1 above (kubectl get endpoints). For Kubernetes >= 1.6, this parameter should be removed as Kubernetes will reject this YAML definition.

<4> Heketi REST Url, taken from Step 1 above (echo $HEKETI_CLI_SERVER), may also be set to the Kubernetes service DNS name for the Heketi service.

<5> Restuser, can be anything since authorization is turned off

<6> Restuserkey, like Restuser, can be anything

Create the Storage Class YAML file. Save it. Then submit it to Kubernetes

kubectl create -f gluster-storage-class.yaml
storageclass "gluster-heketi" created

View the Storage Class:

kubectl get storageclass
NAME              TYPE

Create a PersistentVolumeClaim (PVC) to request storage for our HelloWorld application.

Next, we will create a PVC that will request 5GB of storage, at which time, the Kubernetes Dynamic Provisioning Framework and Heketi will automatically provision a new GlusterFS volume and generate the Kubernetes PersistentVolume (PV) object.

apiVersion: v1
kind: PersistentVolumeClaim
 name: gluster1
 annotations: gluster-heketi  <1>
  - ReadWriteOnce
     storage: 5Gi <2>

<1> The Kubernetes Storage Class annotation and the name of the Storage Class

<2> The amount of storage requested

Create the PVC YAML file. Save it. Then submit it to Kubernetes

kubectl create -f gluster-pvc.yaml
persistentvolumeclaim "gluster1" created

View the PVC:

kubectl get pvc
NAME       STATUS    VOLUME                                     CAPACITY   ACCESSMODES   AGE
gluster1   Bound     pvc-7d37c7bd-bb5b-11e6-b81e-525400d87180   5Gi        RWO           14h

Notice, that the PVC is bound to a dynamically created volume. We can also view the Volume (PV):

kubectl get pv
NAME                                       CAPACITY   ACCESSMODES   RECLAIMPOLICY   STATUS    CLAIM              REASON    AGE
pvc-7d37c7bd-bb5b-11e6-b81e-525400d87180   5Gi        RWO           Delete          Bound     default/gluster1             14h

Create a NGINX pod that uses the PVC

At this point we have a dynamically created GlusterFS volume, bound to a PersistentVolumeClaim, we can now utilize this claim in a pod. We will create a simple NGINX pod.

apiVersion: v1
kind: Pod
  name: nginx-pod1
    name: nginx-pod1
  - name: nginx-pod1
    - name: web
      containerPort: 80
    - name: gluster-vol1
      mountPath: /usr/share/nginx/html
  - name: gluster-vol1
      claimName: gluster1 <1>

<1> The name of the PVC created in step 3

Create the Pod YAML file. Save it. Then submit it to Kubernetes

kubectl create -f nginx-pod.yaml
pod "nginx-pod1" created

View the Pod (Give it a few minutes, it might need to download the image if it doesn't already exist):

kubectl get pods -o wide
NAME                               READY     STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE       IP               NODE
nginx-pod1                         1/1       Running   0          9m        node1
glusterfs-node0-2509304327-vpce1   1/1       Running   0          1d   node0
glusterfs-node1-3290690057-hhq92   1/1       Running   0          1d   node1
glusterfs-node2-4072075787-okzjv   1/1       Running   0          1d   node2
heketi-3017632314-yyngh            1/1       Running   0          1d        node0

Now we will exec into the container and create an index.html file

kubectl exec -ti nginx-pod1 /bin/sh
$ cd /usr/share/nginx/html
$ echo 'Hello World from GlusterFS!!!' > index.html
$ ls
$ exit

Now we can curl the URL of our pod:

Hello World from GlusterFS!!!

Lastly, let's check our gluster pod, to see the index.html file we wrote. Choose any of the gluster pods

kubectl exec -ti glusterfs-node1-3290690057-hhq92 /bin/sh
$ mount | grep heketi
/dev/mapper/VolGroup00-LogVol00 on /var/lib/heketi type xfs (rw,relatime,seclabel,attr2,inode64,noquota)
/dev/mapper/vg_f92e09091f6b20ab12b02a2513e4ed90-brick_1e730a5462c352835055018e1874e578 on /var/lib/heketi/mounts/vg_f92e09091f6b20ab12b02a2513e4ed90/brick_1e730a5462c352835055018e1874e578 type xfs (rw,noatime,seclabel,nouuid,attr2,inode64,logbsize=256k,sunit=512,swidth=512,noquota)
/dev/mapper/vg_f92e09091f6b20ab12b02a2513e4ed90-brick_d8c06e606ff4cc29ccb9d018c73ee292 on /var/lib/heketi/mounts/vg_f92e09091f6b20ab12b02a2513e4ed90/brick_d8c06e606ff4cc29ccb9d018c73ee292 type xfs (rw,noatime,seclabel,nouuid,attr2,inode64,logbsize=256k,sunit=512,swidth=512,noquota)

$ cd /var/lib/heketi/mounts/vg_f92e09091f6b20ab12b02a2513e4ed90/brick_d8c06e606ff4cc29ccb9d018c73ee292/brick
$ ls
$ cat index.html 
Hello World from GlusterFS!!!