OpenStack Integration Overview

Cinder is a block storage service for OpenStack™ platforms that is designed to present storage resources to end users for consumption by the OpenStack Nova Compute Project. KumoScale™ storage resources are provisioned to OpenStack platforms through a Cinder driver plug-in and a connector to Nova compute.

KumoScale software currently supports OpenStack version Xena. KumoScale software can be integrated with other OpenStack versions by applying a patch. The KumoScale Cinder driver has been contributed to the OpenStack community and works with Linux™ operating system kernel versions that fulfill the following requirements:

  • Support for the NVMe-oF™ protocol
  • Deployed with client-side mdraid[1] (MD)

This document describes the configuration steps required to integrate KumoScale software into an existing OpenStack deployment and how to provision KumoScale volumes to an OpenStack environment.


The following illustration (Figure 1) depicts how KumoScale software integrates to an OpenStack environment:


Figure 1. KumoScale software integration with an OpenStack architecture

Intended Audience

The target audiences for this document are storage administrators and DevOps engineers. It is assumed that the intended reader has a working knowledge of storage and networking concepts. The reader should also be familiar with the OpenStack environment and its configuration.

Related Documents

To ensure KumoScale software is in a compatible environment, read the:

A complete list of KumoScale software documentation is available at

[1] ‘mdraid’ is a Linux OS component that controls storage devices. It is referred to as Linux software RAID as it makes RAID use possible without a hardware RAID controller.


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