Using the IBM Block Storage CSI driver in a Red Hat OpenShift environment

A draft IBM Redpaper publication

Updated 25 January 2021

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IBM Form #: REDP-5613-00
(140 pages)

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Authors: Detlef Helmbrecht, Simon Casey, Mathias Defiebre, Bert Dufrasne, Michael Schaefer, Harald Seipp, Ralf Wohlfarth


This IBM Redpaper describes the concepts, technology and current working practices for installing the Container Storage Interface (CSI) plug-in for Kubernetes to leverage IBM Enterprise Storage platforms for persistent storage coupled with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform (OCP).

This book serves as a guide on how to deploy the CSI driver for block storage using the DS8000® and Spectrum Virtualize platforms as persistent storage for containers.
The publication is intended for storage administrators, IT architects, OpenShift technical specialists and anyone who wants to integrate IBM Enterprise storage on OpenShift V4.3/4.4/4.5 on IBM Power, IBM Z®, and x86 systems.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction and Concepts
Chapter 2. OpenShift Container Storage and IBM Cloud Paks
Chapter 3. CSI Architectural Overview
Chapter 4. OpenShift and CSI deployment
Chapter 5. Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Appendix A. Terminology
Appendix B. CSI Support Matrix

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