VMware VMDK cinder driver

Registered by Kartik Bommepally

The goal of this blueprint is to implement VMDK driver for cinder. The driver will allow management of cinder volume on any VMware vCenter Server or ESX managed datastore. In this project, we are essentially mapping the Cinder Volume construct to VMDK file(s) that form the persistent block storage for virtual machines within the VMware stack. Today, there is no cinder driver implementation for the VMware stack and the nova driver allows only attaching/detaching discovered iSCSI targets as RDM. This driver will allow life cycle management for a cinder volume that is backed by a VMDK file(s) within a VMware datastore. This project also positions Cinder to take advantage of features provided by VMFS and upcoming technologies such as vSAN, vVol and others.

Because of the design of vCenter, each VMDK needs to be a "child" object of one or more VM's. In this implementation, we use a "shadow" VM to back the Cinder Volume. This ensures that VMware specific features such as snapshots, fast cloning, vMotion, etc. will continue to work without breaking any of the Cinder Volume constructs or abstractions. This virtual machine backing a volume will never be powered on and is only an abstraction for performing operations such as snapshots or cloning of the cinder volume. By using virtual machine as a representation for cinder volume we can perform any operation on a cinder volume that can be done on the corresponding virtual machine using the public SDK.

Blueprint information

John Griffith
Kartik Bommepally
Kartik Bommepally
Series goal:
Accepted for havana
Milestone target:
milestone icon 2013.2
Started by
John Griffith
Completed by
Thierry Carrez

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Checked in with Kartik and things are pretty much set here, just awaiting review from legal team at VMware.

Gerrit topic: https://review.openstack.org/#q,topic:bp/vmware-vmdk-cinder-driver,n,z

Addressed by: https://review.openstack.org/41600
    Implements get_volume_stats for VMDK driver

Addressed by: https://review.openstack.org/43465
    VMDK copy_image_to_volume and copy_volume_to_image


Work Items

Work items:
get_volume_stats with server connection: INPROGRESS
create_volume and delete_volume: INPROGRESS
initialize_connection and terminate_connection: INPROGRESS
create_snapshot and delete_snapshot: INPROGRESS
create_volume_from_snapshot and create_cloned_volume: INPROGRESS
copy_image_to_volume and copy_volume_to_image: INPROGRESS

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