Docker Volume plugin for Pure Storage

You may have noticed that you can now download a Docker Volume Plugin for Pure Storage from the Docker Store. The Pure Storage Docker Volume plugin provides seamless integration with Docker containers, enabling persistent storage which is a must for many enterprise and database applications

Installation of the Docker Volume is extremely simple and is well documented at the Docker Store.

Once installed the first thing you must do is to let the Volume plugin know about your Pure FlashArray, update /etc/pure-docker-plugin/pure.json to use your FlashArray’s management (not iSCSI) IP address and API Token.

Starting pure-docker-plugin

You can now start the pure-docker-plugin using systemctl start e.g.

[root@z-oracle ~]#  systemctl start pure-docker-plugin

You can also check the log file using systemctl status e.g.

[root@z-oracle ~]#  systemctl status pure-docker-plugin -l

Create a Volume

You can create a Pure Storage FlashArray volume from your Linux server using the docker volume create command.

[root@z-oracle ~]# docker volume create –driver=pure -o size=100GB –name=ron101 –label=ron
ron101

You should now be able to see the newly created volume within the Pure Storage FlashArray.docke_FA

List a Volume

You can also use the docker volume ls command and filters to show available volumes.

[root@z-oracle ~]# docker volume ls -f name=ron
DRIVER              VOLUME NAME
pure                ron100
pure                ron101

Inspect a Volume

You can use the docker volume inspect command to get a bit more info and to also see where it’s being used.

[root@z-oracle ~]# docker volume inspect ron101
[
{
“Name”: “ron101”,
“Driver”: “pure”,
“Mountpoint”: “”,
“Labels”: {
“ron”: “”
},
“Scope”: “global”
}
]

When the Docker Volume is used the Mountpoint will be visible e.g.

[root@z-oracle ~]# docker volume inspect ron100
[
{
“Name”: “ron100”,
“Driver”: “pure”,
“Mountpoint”: “/pure-docker-mounts/z-oracle/ron100”,
“Labels”: {
“ron”: “”
},
“Scope”: “global”
}
]

Delete a Volume

The Pure Storage Volume plugin also supports volume delete.

[root@z-oracle ~]# docker volume rm ron101
ron101
[root@z-oracle ~]# docker volume ls -f name=ron
DRIVER              VOLUME NAME

In this Blog I have shared how we can create, inspect and delete Docker Volumes using the Pure Storage Docker Volume plug-in, in my next post I will share you you can use these volumes for persistent database storage.

Check-out the Pure Storage Developer Community for more examples.

Automate to avoid database cloning disasters.

“Accidentally destroyed production database on first day of a job”

Wow, that headline grabbed my attention.

Earlier this week you may have seen an article reported by The Register about a post in  reddit from a junior software developer going by the name of  “cscareerthrowaway567”, who on his/her first day destroyed a Production database and lost their job.

I was basically given a document detailing how to setup my local development environment. Which involves run a small script to create my own personal DB instance from some test data. After running the command i was supposed to copy the database url/password/username outputted by the command and configure my dev environment to point to that database. Unfortunately instead of copying the values outputted by the tool, i instead for whatever reason used the values the document had.

Unfortunately apparently those values were actually for the production database (why they are documented in the dev setup guide i have no idea). Then from my understanding that the tests add fake data, and clear existing data between test runs which basically cleared all the data from the production database. Honestly i had no idea what i did and it wasn’t about 30 or so minutes after did someone actually figure out/realize what i did.

Now, we can not be sure if the story by “cscareerthrowaway567” is true or not but it does provide an great example of the potential dangers of manual database cloning.

The story raises many issues around process, security, change management, training and not least why someone thought it was a good idea to include Production account details in a database cloning document ?

However, this could have easily been avoided through the use of Automation or a CDM (Copy Data Management) tools e.g. Catalogic, Actifio, Delphix etc..

Many modern All-Flash Arrays (AFA) provide powerful REST API’s which can be called from various programming and scripting languages e.g. Python, Java, Perl, PowerShell etc… to create custom solutions.

AFA Storage API’s can also be consumed by DevOPS Automation and Provisioning software e.g. Ansible, Chef, Puppet etc.. to provide full-stack or end-to-end Automation of Database Cloning, improving security and also removing the chance of human error.

Check out the Pure Storage Developer Community area for code examples.