The StorageClass resource object describes and classifies storage that can be requested, as well as provides a means for passing parameters for dynamically provisioned storage on demand. StorageClass objects can also serve as a management mechanism for controlling different levels of storage and access to the storage. Cluster Administrators (cluster-admin) or Storage Administrators (storage-admin) define and create the StorageClass objects that users can request without needing any intimate knowledge about the underlying storage volume sources.

The OpenShift Container Platform persistent volume framework enables this functionality and allows administrators to provision a cluster with persistent storage. The framework also gives users a way to request those resources without having any knowledge of the underlying infrastructure.

Many storage types are available for use as persistent volumes in OpenShift Container Platform. While all of them can be statically provisioned by an administrator, some types of storage are created dynamically using the built-in provider and plug-in APIs.

Available Dynamically Provisioned Plug-ins

OpenShift Container Platform provides the following provisioner plug-ins, which have generic implementations for dynamic provisioning that use the cluster’s configured provider’s API to create new storage resources:

Storage Type Provisioner Plug-in Name Required Configuration Notes

OpenStack Cinder


Configuring for OpenStack

AWS Elastic Block Store (EBS)


Configuring for AWS

For dynamic provisioning when using multiple clusters in different zones, tag each node with Key=KubernetesCluster,Value=clusterid.

GCE Persistent Disk (gcePD)


Configuring for GCE

In multi-zone configurations, it is advisable to run one Openshift cluster per GCE project to avoid PVs from getting created in zones where no node from current cluster exists.



Container Native Storage with GlusterFS

Container Native Storage (CNS) utilizes Heketi to manage Gluster Storage.

Ceph RBD


Configuring Ceph RBD

Trident from NetApp


Configuring for Trident

Storage orchestrator for NetApp ONTAP, SolidFire, and E-Series storage.

VMware vSphere


Getting Started with vSphere and Kubernetes

Any chosen provisioner plug-in also requires configuration for the relevant cloud, host, or third-party provider as per the relevant documentation.

Defining a StorageClass

StorageClass objects are currently a globally scoped object and need to be created by cluster-admin or storage-admin users. There are currently five plug-ins that are supported. The following sections describe the basic object definition for a StorageClass and specific examples for each of the supported plug-in types.

Basic StorageClass Object Definition

Example 1. StorageClass Basic Object Definition
kind: StorageClass (1)
apiVersion: storage.k8s.io/v1beta1 (2)
  name: foo (3)
  annotations: (4)
provisioner: kubernetes.io/plug-in-type (5)
parameters: (6)
  param1: value
  paramN: value
1 (required) The API object type.
2 (required) The current apiVersion.
3 (required) The name of the StorageClass.
4 (optional) Annotations for the StorageClass
5 (required) The type of provisioner associated with this storage class.
6 (optional) The parameters required for the specific provisioner, this will change from plug-in to plug-in.

StorageClass Annotations

To set a StorageClass as the cluster-wide default:

   storageclass.beta.kubernetes.io/is-default-class: "true"

This enables any Persistent Volume Claim (PVC) that does not specify a specific volume to automatically be provisioned through the default StorageClass

To set a StorageClass description:

   kubernetes.io/description: My StorageClass Description

OpenStack Cinder Object Definition

Example 2. cinder-storageclass.yaml
kind: StorageClass
apiVersion: storage.k8s.io/v1beta1
  name: gold
provisioner: kubernetes.io/cinder
  type: fast  (1)
  availability: nova (2)
1 VolumeType created in Cinder. Default is empty.
2 Availability Zone. Default is empty.

AWS ElasticBlockStore (EBS) Object Definition

Example 3. aws-ebs-storageclass.yaml
kind: StorageClass
apiVersion: storage.k8s.io/v1beta1
  name: slow
provisioner: kubernetes.io/aws-ebs
  type: io1 (1)
  zone: us-east-1d (2)
  zones: us-east-1d, us-east-1c (3)
  iopsPerGB: "10" (4)
  encrypted: "true" (5)
  kmsKeyId: keyvalue (6)
1 Select from io1, gp2, sc1, st1. The default is gp2. See AWS documentation for valid Amazon Resource Name (ARN) values.
2 AWS zone. If no zone is specified, volumes are generally round-robined across all active zones where the OpenShift Container Platform cluster has a node. Zone and zones parameters must not be used at the same time.
3 A comma-separated list of AWS zone(s). If no zone is specified, volumes are generally round-robined across all active zones where the OpenShift Container Platform cluster has a node. Zone and zones parameters must not be used at the same time.
4 Only for io1 volumes. I/O operations per second per GiB. The AWS volume plug-in multiplies this with the size of the requested volume to compute IOPS of the volume. The value cap is 20,000 IOPS, which is the maximum supported by AWS. See AWS documentation for further details.
5 Denotes whether to encrypt the EBS volume. Valid values are true or false.
6 Optional. The full ARN of the key to use when encrypting the volume. If none is supplied, but encypted is set to true, then AWS generates a key. See AWS documentation for a valid ARN value.

GCE PersistentDisk (gcePD) Object Definition

Example 4. gce-pd-storageclass.yaml
kind: StorageClass
apiVersion: storage.k8s.io/v1beta1
  name: slow
provisioner: kubernetes.io/gce-pd
  type: pd-standard  (1)
  zone: us-central1-a  (2)
1 Select either pd-standard or pd-ssd. The default is pd-ssd.
2 GCE zone. If not specified, the zone is randomly chosen from zones in the same region as controller-manager.

GlusterFS Object Definition

Example 5. glusterfs-storageclass.yaml
kind: StorageClass
apiVersion: storage.k8s.io/v1beta1
  name: slow
provisioner: kubernetes.io/glusterfs
  resturl: "" (1)
  restuser: "admin" (2)
  secretName: "heketi-secret" (3)
  secretNamespace: "default" (4)
  gidMin: "40000" (5)
  gidMax: "50000" (6)
1 Gluster REST service/Heketi service URL that provisions Gluster volumes on demand. The general format should be {http/https}://{IPaddress}:{Port}. This is a mandatory parameter for the GlusterFS dynamic provisioner. If the Heketi service is exposed as a routable service in the OpenShift Container Platform, it will have a resolvable fully qualified domain name and Heketi service URL. For additional information and configuration, See Container-Native Storage for OpenShift Container Platform.
2 Gluster REST service/Heketi user who has access to create volumes in the Gluster Trusted Pool.
3 Identification of a Secret instance that contains a user password to use when talking to the Gluster REST service. Optional; an empty password will be used when both secretNamespace and secretName are omitted. The provided secret must be of type "kubernetes.io/glusterfs".
4 The namespace of mentioned secretName. Optional; an empty password will be used when both secretNamespace and secretName are omitted. The provided secret must be of type "kubernetes.io/glusterfs".
5 Optional. The minimum value of GID range for the storage class.
6 Optional. The maximum value of GID range for the storage class.

When the gidMin and gidMax values are not specified, the volume is provisioned with a value between 2000 and 2147483647, which are defaults for gidMin and gidMax respectively. If specified, a unique value (GID) in this range (gidMin-gidMax) is used for dynamically provisioned volumes. The GID of the provisioned volume will be set to this value. It is required to run Heketi version 3 or later to make use of this feature. This GID is released from the pool when the subjected volume is deleted. The GID pool is per storage class, if 2 or more storage classes have GID ranges that overlap there will be duplicate GIDs dispatched by the provisioner.

When the persistent volumes are dynamically provisioned, the Gluster plug-in automatically creates an endpoint and a headless service of the name gluster-dynamic-<claimname>. When the persistent volume claim is deleted, this dynamic endpoint and service is deleted automatically.

Example of a Secret
apiVersion: v1
kind: Secret
  name: heketi-secret
  namespace: default
  # base64 encoded password. E.g.: echo -n "mypassword" | base64
  key: bXlwYXNzd29yZA==
type: kubernetes.io/glusterfs

Ceph RBD Object Definition

Example 6. ceph-storageclass.yaml
apiVersion: storage.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: StorageClass
  name: fast
provisioner: kubernetes.io/rbd
  monitors:  (1)
  adminId: kube  (2)
  adminSecretName: ceph-secret  (3)
  adminSecretNamespace: kube-system  (4)
  pool: kube  (5)
  userId: kube  (6)
  userSecretName: ceph-secret-user  (7)
1 Ceph monitors, comma-delimited. It is required.
2 Ceph client ID that is capable of creating images in the pool. Default is "admin".
3 Secret Name for adminId. It is required. The provided secret must have type "kubernetes.io/rbd".
4 The namespace for adminSecret. Default is "default".
5 Ceph RBD pool. Default is "rbd".
6 Ceph client ID that is used to map the Ceph RBD image. Default is the same as adminId.
7 The name of Ceph Secret for userId to map Ceph RBD image. It must exist in the same namespace as PVCs. It is required.
8 File system that is created on dynamically provisioned volumes. This value is copied to the fsType field of dynamically provisioned persistent volumes and the file system is created when the volume is mounted for the first time. The default value is ext4.

Trident Object Definition

Example 7. trident.yaml
apiVersion: storage.k8s.io/v1
kind: StorageClass
  name: gold
provisioner: netapp.io/trident (1)
parameters: (2)
  media: "ssd"
  provisioningType: "thin"
  snapshots: "true"

Trident uses the parameters as selection criteria for the different pools of storage that are registered with it. Trident itself is configured separately.

1 For more information about installing Trident with OpenShift Container Platform, see the Trident documentation.
2 For more information about supported parameters, see the storage attributes section of the Trident documentation.

VMware vSphere Object Definition

Example 8. vsphere-storageclass.yaml
kind: StorageClass
apiVersion: storage.k8s.io/v1beta1
  name: slow
provisioner: kubernetes.io/vsphere-volume (1)
  diskformat: thin (2)
1 For more information about using VMware vSphere with OpenShift Container Platform, see the VMware vSphere documentation.
2 diskformat: thin, zeroedthick and eagerzeroedthick. See vSphere docs for details. Default: thin

Changing the Default StorageClass

If you are using GCE and AWS, use the following process to change the default StorageClass:

  1. List the StorageClass ((default) denotes the default StorageClass):

    $ oc get storageclass
    NAME                 TYPE
    gp2 (default)        kubernetes.io/aws-ebs
    standard             kubernetes.io/gce-pd
  2. Change the value of the annotation storageclass.kubernetes.io/is-default-class to false for the default StorageClass:

    $ oc patch storageclass gp2 -p '{"metadata": {"annotations": \
        {"storageclass.kubernetes.io/is-default-class": "false"}}}'
  3. Make another StorageClass the default by adding or modifying the annotation as storageclass.kubernetes.io/is-default-class=true:

    $ oc patch storageclass standard -p '{"metadata": {"annotations": \
        {"storageclass.kubernetes.io/is-default-class": "true"}}}'
  4. Verify the changes:

    $ oc get storageclass
    NAME                 TYPE
    gp2                  kubernetes.io/aws-ebs
    standard (default)   kubernetes.io/gce-pd