CSI Drivers

The CSI Drivers by Dell EMC implement an interface between CSI (CSI spec v1.3) enabled Container Orchestrator (CO) and Dell EMC Storage Arrays. It is a plug-in that is installed into Kubernetes to provide persistent storage using Dell storage system.

CSI Architecture

Features and capabilities

Supported Operating Systems/Container Orchestrator Platforms

PowerMax PowerFlex    Unity PowerScale PowerStore
Kubernetes 1.20, 1.21, 1.22 1.20, 1.21, 1.22 1.20, 1.21, 1.22 1.20, 1.21, 1.22 1.20, 1.21, 1.22
RHEL 7.x,8.x 7.x,8.x 7.x,8.x 7.x,8.x 7.x,8.x
Ubuntu 20.04 20.04 18.04, 20.04 18.04, 20.04 20.04
CentOS 7.8, 7.9 7.8, 7.9 7.8, 7.9 7.8, 7.9 7.8, 7.9
SLES 15SP2 15SP2 15SP2 15SP2 15SP2
Fedora Core OS no 5.x no no no
Red Hat OpenShift 4.6 EUS, 4.7, 4.8 4.6 EUS, 4.7, 4.8 4.6 EUS, 4.7, 4.8 4.6 EUS, 4.7, 4.8 4.6 EUS, 4.7, 4.8
Mirantis Kubernetes Engine 3.4.x 3.4.x 3.4.x 3.4.x 3.4.x
Google Anthos 1.6 1.8 no no 1.7
VMware Tanzu no no NFS NFS NFS
Rancher Kubernetes Engine yes yes yes yes yes

CSI Driver Capabilities

Features PowerMax PowerFlex    Unity PowerScale PowerStore
CSI Specification v1.3 v1.3 v1.3 v1.4 v1.3
Static Provisioning yes yes yes yes yes
Dynamic Provisioning yes yes yes yes yes
Expand Persistent Volume yes yes yes yes yes
Create VolumeSnapshot yes yes yes yes yes
Create Volume from Snapshot yes yes yes yes yes
Delete Snapshot yes yes yes yes yes
Access Mode RWO
(FC/iSCSI)
RWO/
RWX/
ROX
(Raw block)
RWO
RWO/
RWX/
ROX
(Raw block)
RWO
(FC/iSCSI)
RWO/RWX
(RawBlock)
RWO/RWX/ROX
(NFS)
RWO/RWX/ROX RWO
(FC/iSCSI)
RWO/
RWX/
ROX
(RawBlock, NFS)
CSI Volume Cloning yes yes yes yes yes
CSI Raw Block Volume yes yes yes no yes
CSI Ephemeral Volume no yes yes yes yes
Topology yes yes yes yes yes
Multi-array yes yes yes yes yes

Supported Storage Platforms

PowerMax PowerFlex    Unity PowerScale PowerStore
Storage Array 5978.479.479, 5978.669.669, 5978.711.711, Unisphere 9.2 3.5.x, 3.6.x 5.0.5, 5.0.6, 5.0.7, 5.1.0 OneFS 8.1, 8.2, 9.0, 9.1, 9.2 1.0.x, 2.0.x

Backend Storage Details

Features PowerMax PowerFlex   Unity PowerScale PowerStore
Fibre Channel yes N/A yes N/A yes
iSCSI yes N/A yes N/A yes
NFS N/A N/A yes yes yes
Other N/A ScaleIO protocol N/A N/A N/A
Supported FS ext4 / xfs ext4 / xfs ext3 / ext4 / xfs / NFS NFS ext3 / ext4 / xfs / NFS
Thin / Thick provisioning Thin Thin Thin/Thick N/A Thin
Platform-specific configurable settings Service Level selection
iSCSI CHAP
- Host IO Limit
Tiering Policy
NFS Host IO size
Snapshot Retention duration
Access Zone
NFS version (3 or 4);Configurable Export IPs
iSCSI CHAP

Installation

Methods to install CSI Drivers

Uninstallation

Methods to uninstall Dell CSI Driver

Upgrade

Upgrade Dell CSI Drivers

Features

Description of CSI Driver features

Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting for CSI Drivers

Release Notes

Release Notes for all the CSI Drivers and deployment

Our Ecosystem Partners

Our Ecosystem Partners

Archives

Product Guide and Release Notes for previous versions of Dell CSI drivers