Openly serious about storage
The long-term goal of the REX-Ray project is to enable collaboration between organizations focused on creating enterprise-grade storage plugins for the Container Storage Interface (CSI). As a rapidly changing specification, CSI support within REX-Ray will be planned when CSI reaches version 1.0, currently projected for a late 2018 release. In the interim, there remains active engagement with the project to support the community.
REX-Ray is an open source, storage management solution designed to support container runtimes such as Docker and Mesos. REX-Ray enables stateful applications, such as databases, to persist and maintain its data after the life cycle of the container has ended. Built-in high availability enables orchestrators such as Docker Swarm, Kubernetes, and Mesos Frameworks like Marathon to automatically orchestrate storage tasks between hosts in a cluster.
Built on top of the libStorage framework, REX-Ray's simplified architecture consists of a single binary and runs as a stateless service on every host using a configuration file to orchestrate multiple storage platforms.
The following command will install the latest version of REX-Ray to
/usr/bin/rexray on Linux systems:
$ curl -sSL https://rexray.io/install | sh
Depending on the Linux distribution REX-Ray will be registered as either a SystemD or SystemV service.
REX-Ray requires a configuration file for storing details used to communicate with storage providers. This can include authentication credentials and driver- specific configuration options.
After REX-Ray has been installed, copy and paste the contents from the
REX-Ray Configuration Generator to a
new file on the host at
/etc/rexray/config.yml. The configuration generator
will satisfy the majority of use cases for REX-Ray.
For more advanced and manual options, such as using multiple storage platforms, and sample configurations of all supported storage platforms, refer to the libStorage Storage Providers documentation. Additionally, look at core properties and logging.
Here is a simple example for using Oracle VirtualBox:
Refer to the VirtualBox documentation for additional configuration options.
Start the VirtualBox SOAP API service using:
$ vboxwebsrv -H 0.0.0.0 -v
From here, REX-Ray can now be used as a command line tool. View the commands available:
$ rexray --help
To verify the configuration file is working, use REX-Ray to list the volumes:
$ rexray volume ls
ID Name Status Size
1b819454-a280-4cff-aff5-141f4e8fd154 libStorage.vmdk attached 16
If there is an error, use the
-l debug flag and consult debugging
Start as a Service
Container platforms rely on REX-Ray to be running as a service to function properly. For instance, Docker communicates to the REX-Ray Volume Driver via a UNIX socket file.
$ rexray service start
Having issues? No worries, let's figure it out together.
-l debug flag can be appended to any command in order to get verbose
output. The following command will list all of the volumes visible to REX-Ray
with debug logging enabled:
$ rexray volume ls -l debug
For an example of the full output from the above command, please refer to this Gist.
This section lists the storage platforms, operating systems (OS), and container runtimes, and container orchestrators (CO) with which REX-Ray is compatible.
Storage Provider Support
The following storage providers and platforms are supported by REX-Ray.
|GCE Persistent Disk
|Azure Unmanaged Disk
Operating System Support
The following operating systems (OS) are supported by REX-Ray:
|OS X Yosemite+
Container Runtime Support
REX-Ray currently supports the following container platforms:
|Volume Driver Plugin
|Volume Driver Isolator module
|Mesos + Docker
|Volume Driver Plugin
Container Orchestration Support
REX-Ray currently supports the following container orchestrators:
|Docker, Mesos Containerizer