by Lyle Smith

Dell Announces Container Storage Interface Support for REX-Ray v0.10

Dell Technologies has announced that the newest version of its REX-Ray technology, the company’s open source container orchestration engine created by open source organization {code}, has marked a new breakthrough: version v0.10 offers the first-ever plugins enabled by the Container Storage Interface (CSI) that implement a pre-release of the CSI 0.1 specification. Dell indicates this means major cloud providers and software-based platforms are now immediately interoperable through CSI. Dell adds that REX-Ray is the first CSI plugin implementation acting as an early validation of the CSI specification, which will likely aid in mainstream industry adoption and container orchestrator implementations.

In addition to supporting CSI, Dell reveals the following other features and functionality of the new release:  

  • Industry-first, introduction of three native CSI storage plugins: This work represents the first three native CSI storage drivers, opening the market for more storage platform support, while also functioning as a blueprint for contributors looking to create CSI drivers.
    • The NFS plugin opens the market for storage platforms that do not have direct CSI support.
    • A block devices plugin introduces new capabilities for on-premises applications that can optimally make use of logical or physical devices local to a host.
    • VFS (virtual file system) driver that allows end-to-end CI verification of the CSI specification without the need of a separate storage provider.
  • Immediate wide applicability of storage providers to CSI: Through REX-Ray’s existing collection of current storage drivers (plus the three new native CSI plugins), 15 plugins are now immediately available to work with container orchestrators that adopt the CSI specification.
  • Merging libStorage into REX-Ray: libStorage, an open source vendor and platform-agnostic storage framework from {code}, was absorbed into REX-Ray to simplify the process for end-user support and simplifies development of future storage drivers.

 Availability

REX-Ray v0.10 is now available on GitHub.

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