Install CSI

On Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), there are two types of storage services available to store persistent data:

  • OCI Block Volume Service
  • OCI File Storage Service

A persistent volume claim (PVC) is a request for storage, which is met by binding the PVC to a persistent volume (PV). A PVC provides an abstraction layer to the underlying storage. CSI drivers for both the Block Volume Service and File Storage Service have been implemented.

Configure authentication via Instance Principal

Oracle recommends using Instance principals to be used by CSI for authentication. Please ensure the following policies in the dynamic group for CSI to be able to talk to various OCI Services.

allow dynamic-group [your dynamic group name] to read instance-family in compartment [your compartment name]
allow dynamic-group [your dynamic group name] to use virtual-network-family in compartment [your compartment name]
allow dynamic-group [your dynamic group name] to manage volume-family in compartment [your compartment name]
  1. Download the example configuration file:

    curl -L -o cloud-provider-example.yaml
  2. Update values in the configuration file as necessary.

  3. Create a secret:

    kubectl  create secret generic oci-volume-provisioner \
      -n kube-system                                           \

Install CSI Drivers

  1. Navigate to the release page of CCM and export the version that you want to install. Typically, the latest version can be installed.

    export CCM_RELEASE_VERSION=<update-version-here>
  2. Download the deployment manifests:

    curl -L "${CCM_RELEASE_VERSION}/oci-csi-node-rbac.yaml" -o oci-csi-node-rbac.yaml
    curl -L "${CCM_RELEASE_VERSION}/oci-csi-controller-driver.yaml" -o oci-csi-controller-driver.yaml
    curl -L h"ttps://${CCM_RELEASE_VERSION}/oci-csi-node-driver.yaml" -o
    curl -L -o storage-class.yaml
  3. Create the RBAC rules:

    kubectl apply -f oci-csi-node-rbac.yaml
  4. Deploy the csi-controller-driver. It is provided as a deployment and it has three containers:

    • csi-provisioner external-provisioner
    • csi-attacher external-attacher
    • oci-csi-controller-driver
 kubectl apply -f oci-csi-controller-driver.yaml
  1. Deploy the node-driver. It is provided as a daemon set and it has two containers:

    • node-driver-registrar
    • oci-csi-node-driver
    kubectl apply -f oci-csi-node-driver.yaml
  2. Create the CSI storage class for the Block Volume Service:

    kubectl apply -f storage-class.yaml
  3. Verify the oci-csi-controller-driver and oci-csi-node-controller are running in your cluster:

    kubectl -n kube-system get po | grep csi-oci-controller
    kubectl -n kube-system get po | grep csi-oci-node

Provision PVCs

Follow the guides below to create PVCs based on the service you require: