What’s New in Pure Service Orchestrator?

This week (April 16, 2019), Pure released the 2.4.0 version of the Pure Service Orchestator for Kubernetes. This inlcuded: (from the release notes)

  • PSO Operator is now the preferred install method for PSO on OpenShift 3.11 and higher versions.
    The PSO Operator packages and deploys the Pure Service Orchestrator (PSO) on OpenShift for dynamic provisioning of persistent volumes on FlashArrays and FlashBlades. The minimum supported version is OpenShift 3.11.
    This Operator is created as a Custom Resource Definition from the pure-k8s-plugin Helm chart using the Operator-SDK.
    This installation process does not require Helm installation.
  • Added flasharray.iSCSILoginTimeout parameter with default value of 20sec.
  • Added flasharray.iSCSIAllowedCIDR parameter to list CIDR blocks allowed as iSCSI targets. The default value allows all addresses.
  • flexPath config parameter location in values.yaml has been moved from version 2.2.1 from under orchestrator field. Upgrading from version earlier than 2.3.0, needs change to values.yaml to use the new location of flexPath for PSO to work.

Some Highlights

The Operator is a big change for the install process. We are not leaving or abandoning Helm. I love Helm. Really. This was for our customers that do not allow Helm to run in their environments. Mainly the Tiller pod ran with more permissions than many security teams were comfortable with. Tillerless Helm is coming if you are worried now. The Operator will be the peferred method for RedHat OpenShift 3.11 and higher.

The flexPath: changing places in the values.yaml is good to know. We wanted to make that setting a top level setting and seperate it from being nested too far down. While we are sitll on the FlexVolume driver this is important. The newest values.yaml in the Helm chart even has several examples of paths depending on your distro of K8s. This becomes a non-issue with the CSI plugin we are working on. (Hooray!)

Last but not least, the iSCSIAllowedCIDR limits the iSCSI targets PSO will have the worker node log into during the Persistent Volume mount process. This is important to environments that may serve many different clusters with their own iSCSI networks. The iSCSI interfaces on a FlashArray can be divided with VLANS, but with this the traditional way to acquire target ip’s results in a long list of addresses to attempt to login. The iSCSIAllowedCIDR setting helps PSO know what subnet your cluster should try to mount and log into. The result is faster mounting and less noise around timeouts for networks your cluster might not be able to reach.

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