How to connect an iSCSI storage to OpenStack

asked 2017-02-13 11:59:28 -0500

Tirano gravatar image

updated 2017-02-14 04:33:18 -0500


I have a Mitaka OpenStack installation with 3 controllers, 3 CEPH storage nodes and 3 KVM compute nodes.

I would like to add a block storage back-end that uses iSCSI (StorSimple).

How can I connect it to Cinder, as it is not on the supported list of config-reference > block-storage.

Does it have to be manged by one of the Cinder drivers on the list or other method is possible such as connect it as a local volume? How? On which on the nodes to configure it?


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Worst case, attach it to one of the controllers, put LVM volume groups on it and use the Cinder LVMiSCSI driver. Yes you have to use a Cinder driver - or write one yourself.

Bernd Bausch gravatar imageBernd Bausch ( 2017-02-14 05:20:01 -0500 )edit

Thank you Bernd!

Unfortunately Not being a developer worst case in the only case available for I use the controller as an iSCSI target as you said...

I do not get any high availability if this controller goes down which I get it with a proper Cinder driver right?

Tirano gravatar imageTirano ( 2017-02-14 05:57:57 -0500 )edit

AFAIK (not an HA expert): cinder-volume is not highly available yet, although this developer blog shows that work is underway to change that. If your storage node goes down, you need to start cinder-volume manually on a healthy node.

Bernd Bausch gravatar imageBernd Bausch ( 2017-02-14 19:43:26 -0500 )edit

Perhaps the HA guide can help you. It uses a different driver, NFS.

Bernd Bausch gravatar imageBernd Bausch ( 2017-02-14 19:49:25 -0500 )edit

I went over it, not sure it is exactly what I had in mind as it's Block Storage API service HA, and no mention of how to use with an iSCSI storage. StorSimple seems to have only iSCSI.

Tirano gravatar imageTirano ( 2017-02-15 05:59:39 -0500 )edit