Storage Integration

K10 supports direct integration with public cloud storage vendors, direct Ceph support, as well as CSI integration. While most integrations are transparent, the below sections document the configuration needed for the exceptions.

Direct Provider Integration

K10 supports seamless and direct storage integration with a number of storage providers. The following storage providers are either automatically discovered and configured within K10 or can be configured for direct integration:

Container Storage Interface (CSI)

Apart from direct storage provider integration, K10 also supports invoking volume snapshots operations via the Container Storage Interface (CSI). To ensure that this works correctly, please ensure the following requirements are met.

CSI Requirements

  • Kubernetes v1.14.0 or higher

  • The VolumeSnapshotDataSource feature has been enabled in the Kubernetes cluster

  • A CSI driver that has Volume Snapshot support. Please look at the list of CSI drivers to confirm snapshot support.

Pre-Flight Checks

Assuming that the default kubectl context is pointed to a cluster with CSI enabled, CSI pre-flight checks can be run by deploying the primer tool with a specified StorageClass. This tool runs in a pod in the cluster and performs the following operations:

  • Creates a sample application with a persistent volume and writes some data to it

  • Takes a snapshot of the persistent volume

  • Creates a new volume from the persistent volume snapshot

  • Validates the data in the new persistent volume

First, run the following command to derive the list of provisioners along with their StorageClasses and VolumeSnapshotClasses.

$ curl -s  | bash

Then, run the following command with a valid StorageClass to deploy the pre-check tool:

$ curl -s  | bash /dev/stdin -s ${STORAGE_CLASS}

CSI Snapshot Configuration

For each CSI driver, ensure that a VolumeSnapshotClass has been added with K10 annotation ( "true").

Note that CSI snapshots are not durable. In particular, CSI snapshots have a namespaced VolumeSnapshot object and a non-namespaced VolumeSnapshotContent object. With the default (and recommended) deletionPolicy, if there is a deletion of a volume or the namespace containing the volume, the cleanup of the namespaced VolumeSnapshot object will lead to the cascading delete of the VolumeSnapshotContent object and therefore the underlying storage snapshot.

Setting deletionPolicy to Delete isn't sufficient either as some storage systems will force snapshot deletion if the associated volume is deleted (snapshot lifecycle is not independent of the volume). Similarly, it might be possible to force-delete snapshots through the storage array's native management interface. Enabling backups together with volume snapshots is therefore required for a durable backup.

K10 creates a clone of the original VolumeSnapshotClass with the DeletionPolicy set to 'Retain'. When restoring a CSI VolumeSnapshot, an independent replica is created using this cloned class to avoid any accidental deletions of the underlying VolumeSnapshotContent.

VolumeSnapshotClass Configuration

kind: VolumeSnapshotClass
  annotations: "true"
  name: csi-hostpath-snapclass

Given the configuration requirements, the above code illustrates a correctly-configured VolumeSnapshotClass for K10. If the VolumeSnapshotClass does not match the above template, please follow the below instructions to modify it. If the existing VolumeSnapshotClass cannot be modified, a new one can be created with the required annotation.

  1. Whenever K10 detects volumes that were provisioned via a CSI driver, it will look for a VolumeSnapshotClass with K10 annotation for the identified CSI driver and use it to create snapshots. You can easily annotate an existing VolumeSnapshotClass using:

    $ kubectl annotate volumesnapshotclass ${VSC_NAME} \

    Verify that only one VolumeSnapshotClass per storage provisioner has the K10 annotation. Currently, if no VolumeSnapshotClass or more than one has the K10 annotation, snapshot operations will fail.

    # List the VolumeSnapshotClasses with K10 annotation
    $ kubectl get volumesnapshotclass -o json | \
        jq '.items[] | select (.metadata.annotations[""]=="true") |'

StorageClass Configuration

As an alternative to the above method, a StorageClass can be annotated with the following- ( "VSC_NAME"). All volumes created with this StorageClass will be snapshotted by the specified VolumeSnapshotClass:

$ kubectl annotate storageclass ${SC_NAME} \${VSC_NAME}

Migration Requirements

If application migration across clusters is needed, ensure that the VolumeSnapshotClass names match between both clusters. As the VolumeSnapshotClass is also used for restoring volumes, an identical name is required.

CSI Snapshotter Minimum Requirements

Finally, ensure that the csi-snapshotter container for all CSI drivers you might have installed has a minimum version of v1.2.2. If your CSI driver ships with an older version that has known bugs, it might be possible to transparently upgrade in place using the following code.

# For example, if you installed the GCP Persistent Disk CSI driver
# in namespace ${DRIVER_NS} with a statefulset (or deployment)
# name ${DRIVER_NAME}, you can check the snapshotter version as below:
$ kubectl get statefulset ${DRIVER_NAME} --namespace=${DRIVER_NS} \
    -o jsonpath='{range .spec.template.spec.containers[*]}{.image}{"\n"}{end}'

# Snapshotter version is old (v1.0.1), update it to the required version.
$ kubectl set image statefulset/${DRIVER_NAME} \

Amazon Elastic File System (EFS)

K10 currently supports backup and restores of statically provisioned EFS CSI volumes. Since statically provisioned volumes use the entire file system we are able to utilize AWS APIs to take backups.

While the EFS CSI driver has begun supporting dynamic provisioning, it does not create new EFS volumes. Instead, it creates and uses access points within existing EFS volumes. The current AWS APIs do not support backups of individual access points.

However, K10 can take backups of these dynamically provisioned EFS volumes using the Shareable Volume Backup and Restore mechanism.

Pure Storage

For integrating K10 with Pure Storage, please follow Pure Storage's instructions on deploying the Pure Storage Orchestrator and the VolumeSnapshotClass.

Once the above two steps are completed, follow the instructions for K10 CSI integration. In particular, the Pure VolumeSnapshotClass needs to be edited using the following commands.

$ kubectl annotate volumesnapshotclass pure-snapshotclass \

NetApp Trident

For integrating K10 with NetApp Trident, please follow NetApp's instructions on deploying Trident as a CSI provider and then follow the instructions above.


K10 currently supports Ceph RBD snapshots and backups. CephFS support is planned for the near future.

CSI Integration


If you are using Rook to install Ceph, K10 only supports Rook v1.3.0 and above. Previous versions had bugs that prevented restore from snapshots.

K10 supports integration with Ceph (RBD) via its CSI interface by following the instructions for CSI integration. In particular, the Ceph VolumeSnapshotClass needs to be edited using the following commands.

$ kubectl annotate volumesnapshotclass csi-rbdplugin-snapclass \

Direct Ceph Integration


Non-CSI support for Ceph will be deprecated in an upcoming release in favor of direct CSI integration

Apart from integration with Ceph's CSI driver, K10 also has native support for Ceph (RBD) to protect persistent volumes provisioned using the Ceph RBD provisioner. The imageFormat: "2" and imageFeatures: "layering" parameters are required in the Ceph StorageClass definition. A correctly configured Ceph StorageClass can be seen here.

An infrastructure profile must be created from the Settings menu.

The Monitor, Pool, User and Keyring fields must be specified.


K10 supports snapshots and backups of OpenStack's Cinder block storage.

To enable K10 to take snapshots, an OpenStack infrastructure profile must be created from the settings menu.

The Keystone Endpoint, Project Name, Domain Name, Username and Password are required fields. If the OpenStack environment spans multiple regions then the Region field must also be specified.


K10 supports vSphere storage integration and can be enabled by creating a vSphere infrastructure profile from the Settings menu. Persistent Volumes must be provisioned using the vSphere CSI provisioner.

The vCenter Server is required and must be a valid IP address or hostname that points to the vSphere infrastructure. The vSphere User and vSphere Password fields are also required.


It is recommended that a dedicated user account be created for K10. To authorize the account, create a role with the following privileges:

Assign this role to the dedicated K10 user account on the following objects:

  • The root vCenter object

  • The datacenter objects (propagate down each subtree to reach datastore and virtual machine objects)

There is an upper limit on the maximum number of snapshots for a VMware Kubernetes PersistentVolume. Refer to this or more recent VMware knowledge base articles for the limit and for recommendations on the number of snapshots to maintain. A K10 backup policy provides control over the number of local K10 restore points retained, and by implication, the number of local snapshots retained. A K10 backup and export policy allows separate retention policies for local and exported K10 restore points.

The K10 default timeout for vSphere snapshot related operations may be too short if you are dealing with very large volumes. If you encounter timeout errors then adjust the vmWare.taskTimeoutMin Helm option accordingly.


When deleting or uninstalling an application previously backed up by K10 you may observe that the application's PersistentVolumes do not get deleted even if their Reclaim Policy is Delete.

This is because the VMware CSI driver currently does not delete PersistentVolumes containing snapshots. Instead they get left in the Released state with a "failed to delete volume" warning (visible with kubectl describe).

Use the vCenter GUI or a CLI tool like govc to manually delete the snapshots and then the PersistentVolume can be deleted in Kubernetes.


Apart from CSI-level support, K10 also directly integrates with the Portworx storage platform.

To enable K10 to take snapshots and restore volumes from Portworx, an infrastructure profile must be created from the settings menu.

The Namespace and Service Name fields are used to determine the Portworx endpoint. If these fields are left blank the Portworx defaults of kube-system and portworx-service will be used respectively.

In an authorization-enabled Portworx setup, the Issuer and Secret fields must be set. The Issuer must represent the JWT issuer. The Secret is the JWT shared secret, which is represented by the Portworx environment variable- PORTWORX_AUTH_JWT_SHAREDSECRET. Refer to Portworx Security for more information.