Volume Type Description

Volume Type Description

https://blueprints.launchpad.net/cinder/+spec/volume-type-description

This blueprint proposes to add the description information for a volume type and allow user to find out what is the default volume type. Volume type description and default volume type can help a user make an informed decision when the user creates a volume.

Problem description

  • Cinder volume types only have abstract names like gold, silver and bronze or whatever the Openstack administrator comes up with. When a user creates a volume and chooses which volume type to use, currently it is difficult for a user to find out what the volume type means.
  • When a user creates a volume without specifying a volume type, once the volume gets created, the volume type assigned to that volume could be a default volume type or None. There is no way for a user to find out what is the default volume type.

Use Cases

Proposed change

  • When an administrator creates a volume type, allows him/her to enter some descriptions for the volume type. The length of the description should be between 0 - 255. It should be in the form of a string.
  • Administrator can also update the descriptions of an existing volume type.
  • User should be able to get all the descriptions of all the volume types.
  • User should be able to get the descriptions of a volume type.
  • User should be able to find out what is the default volume type.

Alternatives

None

Data model impact

Database schema changes:

  • A new description column will be added to the volume_types table.
mysql> DESC volume_types;
+--------------+--------------+------+-----+---------+-------+
| Field        | Type         | Null | Key | Default | Extra |
+--------------+--------------+------+-----+---------+-------+
| created_at   | datetime     | YES  |     | NULL    |       |
| updated_at   | datetime     | YES  |     | NULL    |       |
| deleted_at   | datetime     | YES  |     | NULL    |       |
| deleted      | tinyint(1)   | YES  |     | NULL    |       |
| id           | varchar(36)  | NO   | PRI | NULL    |       |
| name         | varchar(255) | YES  |     | NULL    |       |
| qos_specs_id | varchar(36)  | YES  | MUL | NULL    |       |
| description  | varchar(255) | YES  |     | NULL    |       |
+--------------+--------------+------+-----+---------+-------+

Database data migration:

  • Existing volume types will have description empty.

REST API impact

  • Update “create volume type” REST request to to include description field.

  • Update “list volume types” REST response to include description field for each volume type

  • Update “show volume type information” REST response to include description field.

  • Add “update volume type” REST API to update an existing volume type. * PUT /v2/{tenant_id}/types/{volume_type_id}

    • JSON request schema definition:

      'volume_type': {
          'name': 'gold',
          'description': 'gold means very important'
      }
      
    • JSON response schema definition:

      'volume_type': {
          'id': '4b502fcb-1f26-45f8-9fe5-3b9a0a52eaf2',
          'name': 'gold',
          'description': 'gold means very important',
          'extra_specs':{}
      }
      
    • Normal http response code: 200

    • Expected error http response code: 400, 404, 500, 409

  • Add “get default volume type” REST API

  • GET /v2/{tenant_id}/types/default

  • JSON response schema definition:

    'volume_type': {
        'id': '4b502fcb-1f26-45f8-9fe5-3b9a0a52eaf2',
        'name': 'bronze',
        'description': 'bronze means limited storage',
        'extra_specs':{}
    }
    
  • Normal http response code: 200

  • Expected error http response code: 404

Security impact

Creating or updating volume type description is usually only allowed for an administrator user.

Regular user should be able to get a volume type, list volume types and get the default volume type.

The APIs accesses will be controlled by security policy.

Notifications impact

Volume type creation has already sent a notification when creation ends or has errors. Will send a notification when updating a volume type ends or has errors.

Other end user impact

  • python-cinderclient will be changed to reflect the API changes.

    volume_types.create will be updated to include description. volume_types.get_default will be added to show the default volume type. volume_types.update will be added to update the description of the volume type.

  • Horizon will have corresponding UI changes to deal with the descriptions for a volume type after python-cinderclient implementation.

Performance Impact

Adding another db column in the volume type field means that each fetch of a volume type will pull the description. It is a minimal impact for individual volume type reads. It is doubtful if there will be a significant number of volume types created with lots of descriptions. So, the performance impact should be minimal.

Other deployer impact

DB volume_types table migration and associated volume service restart will require orchestration and a short service downtime. Transient API errors might happen between the schema migration and the deployment of the new code (which ever order they are done in).

Developer impact

None

Implementation

Assignee(s)

Primary assignee:
gloria-gu
Other contributors:
None

Work Items

  • Implement Cinder API changes.

  • Implement DB schema changes.

  • Implement DB migration script changes.

    cinder/db/sqlalchemy/migrate_repo/versions

  • Implement python-cinderclient changes.

  • Cinder API unit Tests.

  • DB migration unit test changes.

    cinder/tests/test_migrations.py

Dependencies

Horizon blueprint will depend on this spec:

Testing

  • Update the unit tests to reflect the API changes.
  • Update the DB migration tests.

Documentation Impact

  • The Cinder API documentation will need to be updated to reflect the API changes.
  • The Cinder client documentation will be need to be updated to reflect the changes.

References

None

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