CloudByte ElastiStor plug-in for Apache CloudStack


Apache CloudStack administrators can perform various tasks, performed using CloudByte ElastiCenter, in the CloudStack management UI.

CloudByte provides a plug-in, CloudByte ElastiStor plug-in for Apache CloudStack, to perform the following ElastiStor tasks:

  • Create Account
  • Provision storage
  • Manage QoS properties for the primary storage (VSM) and Storage Volumes
  • Set up iSCSI and NFS primary storage

The current release supports iSCSI and NFS protocols on the following Hypervisors: Xen, VMware, KVM.

The following figure illustrates how the plug-in integrates with Apache CloudStack.


The following topics explain how to install and use the ElastiStor plug-in for CloudStack.

Before you use the plug-in features, you must use ElastiCenter to configure your storage infrastructure till creating a Pool. That is, set up the first four items in the following illustration. The remaining configurations can be performed using the CloudStack user interface.



  • Install CloudStack 4.5.1. Refer CloudStack Installation .
  • CloudByte ElastiStor 1.4 is up and running.
  • Download the folder files from ElastiStor Plug-ins. The folder has the following files:
    • system.js
    • docs.js
  • You have the ElastiStor Storage set up till the Pool level.

Move the JavaScript files

Before you install the CloudByte ElastiStor Apache CloudStack plug-in, you must move the JavaScript files. Move the following files in scripts folder to the location /usr/share/cloudstack-management/webapps/client:

  • system.js.gz
  • docs.js.gz

Installing the plug-in

  1. Log in to CloudStack management server terminal.
  2. Edit the properties file named command. For details, For details, see Edit properties file.
  3. Extract the folder ( you downloaded to the root directory.
  4. In the extracted folder (cloudStack), run the following command to install the plug-in:

Edit properties file

Add the following to the file in the location /usr/share/cloudstack-management/webapps/client/WEB-INF/classes


Connecting CloudByte ElastiCenter to Apache CloudStack

  1. In the CloudStack interface, click Global Settings in the left pane.
  2. In the Search tab, specify CloudByte.
  3. Specify the following in the highlighted fields (in the following figure):
    • – Specify the ElastiCenter API key. For details on how to generate the API key, see CloudByte ElastiStor API references
    • – Specify the ElastiCenter IP address.


Add a Domain (Account)

A Domain in CloudStack corresponds to Account in ElastiCenter. By default, the Domain ROOT exists in CloudStack (and a corresponding Account with the name ROOT in ElastiCenter). The new domain must be created under the default Domain ROOT.

  1. In the CloudStack user interface, click Domains in the left pane.
  2. Click Add Domain icon (highlighted in the following screen).
  3. CloudStack_add_domain

  4. Specify the required details and then click OK.

Provisioning storage

Add a Primary Storage (VSM)

Primary storage in CloudStack corresponds to VSM in ElastiCenter. When you add primary storage, a VSM with the same name is created in ElastiCenter and the Domain that you select (Add a Domain (Account)) is associated as an Account to this VSM.

Note: If an Account with the same name already exists, only a VSM is created after adding the primary storage.

  1. In the CloudStack User Interface home page, click Infrastructure and then click View All in Primary Storage.
  2. Click Add Primary Storage and then enter the required details.
  3. CS3

Option Description
Scope Only the scope cluster is supported.
Zone The Zone where you create the primary storage.
Pod The Pod where you create the primary storage.
Cluster The cluster where you create the primary storage.
Name Name of the storage device (VSM in ElastiStor).
Storage Tags Comma-separated list of tags for the storage device. Must be a super set of the tags on your disk offerings.
Provider Select CloudByte from the drop-down list.
Pool Select a Pool from the drop-down list.
Capacity Specify capacity for primary Storage in GB.
IOPS IOPS for the primary Storage.
VSM IP IP address of the VSM.
Subnet Specify a valid numeric value.
VSM Interface Select an active interface from the drop-down list.
Domain Select a from the drop-down list.

The following figure shows how the VSM CB-PRIMARY-VSM is created on CloudStack User Interface appears in ElastiCenter.


Add Disk Offering

Add disk offering to map the Storage Volume to the primary storage.

  1. In the CloudStack User Interface, click Service Offerings.
  2. In the following page, for Select offering, choose Disk offerings and then click Add Disk Offering.
  3. CS5

  4. In the following page, provide the required details and complete the procedure.
  5. CS6

    Option Description
    Name Specify a name for the offering.
    Description Short description of the offering that can be displayed to users.
    Storage Type Type of disk for the VM. Select Shared, which is the storage accessible by way of NFS.
    Custom Disk Size

    Enable: User has the option to specify the size of disk while adding the Storage Volume.

    Disable: Select the size manually in Disk Size tab.

    Disk Size Appears only if custom disk size is not enabled. Define Volume size in GB. The value must correspond with the Primary storage.
    QoS Type Select Storage.
    Custom IOPS If enabled, user has the option to specify IOPS while adding the Storage Volume.
    Min IOPS Appears only if custom IOPS is disabled. Defines minimum volume IOPS.
    Max IOPS Appears only if custom IOPS is disabled. Defines maximum volume IOPS (should not exceed the IOPS of the corresponding primary storage)
    Hypervisor Snapshot Reserve Percentage of the size of the root disk. If the root disk is 20 GB and Hypervisor Snapshot Reserve is 200%, the storage volume that backs the storage repository is sized at 60 GB (20 GB + (20 GB * 2)).
    Storage Tags Comma-separated list of attributes that must be associated with the primary storage for the disk. This must match the corresponding tags of the primary storage.
    Public Disable the option.
    Domain Select the sub domain from the drop-down list in which the offering is available.

    After the mapping is done, a message Task completed is displayed.

Launch virtual machine on ElastiStor

  1. In the CloudStack homepage, click Instances.
  2. In the Instances page, select Add Instance. CS7
  3. Select ISO Boot, and follow the steps in the wizard.
  4. (In step 4 of the wizard) Select the Disk offering (CloudByte specific) for the root disk of the VM.
  5. Click Submit and your VM will be created and started.

Add a Volume to the instance

Add a Storage Volume to the instance to make use of the primary storage.

  1. In the CloudStack home page, click Storage.
  2. Click Add Volume at the top right corner of the page.
  3. Specify the required details and then click OK.
  4. CS9

    Option Description
    Name Specify a unique name for the volume.
    Availability Zone Specify where the volume must reside.
    Disk Offering Choose from the drop down list.
    Disk Size Specify size of the Storage Volume in GB.
    IOPS IOPS of the Storage Volume.
  5. In the Volumes page, select the added disk, and then click Quickview.
  6. Click Attach Disk .
  7. In the Attach Disk dialog box, select an instance (virtual machine) and then click OK. The Volume is attached to the instance.

What happens at the Hypervisor end

A Storage Repository is created on the Hypervisor as shown in the following screen:


Plug-in tips

  • When you create a primary storage, ensure that the provider name is CloudByte

How will I know if the plug-in is successfully installed?

  1. In the management server, go to
  2. At command prompt, enter the following command:
    vi catalina.out
  3. In the log, search storage-volume-cloudbyte. If it is there, the plug-in is successfully registered.

How will I uninstall the plug-in?

  1. Restore the JavaScript files that you have backed up (in the section Move the JavaScript files).
  2. Restart CloudStack.