Platform Upgrade


This guide will demonstrate how to enable protection for your orchestrator’s rolling upgrades using the Upgrade Guard and Node Manager. This feature helps prevent your persistent storage volumes from becoming unhealthy during the rolling downtime of an orchestrator upgrade.

⚠️ This feature is currently in tech preview, we only recommend using this feature on your test clusters.


⚠️ Make sure you have met the requirements of configuring a Pod Disruption Budget (PDB).

⚠️ If your volume does not have any replicas, the rolling upgrades feature will not start on any StorageOS node until you have one or more replicas on all your volumes.

⚠️ This feature supports the following platforms: Google Anthos, Google GKE with future support to be expanded to Amazon EKS, Openshift and Rancher.

⚠️ Using Ondat for the internal registry is not recommended. OpenShift requires the internal registry to be available but Ondat volumes may become unavailable during the upgrade.

⚠️ For Openshift: The PDB feature is only stable in kubernetes v1.21+ and Openshift v4.8+.


Step 1 - Enable Node Manager & Upgrade Guard

  • Add the following lines to the StorageOSCluster spec:
   upgradeGuard: "true"
  • Alternatively, you can run the following command:
kubectl get storageoscluster -n storageos storageoscluster -o yaml | sed -e 's|^spec:$|spec:\n  nodeManagerFeatures:\n    upgradeGuard: "true"|' | kubectl apply -f - 
  • You will see new pods getting created, one pod per node in a cluster called Node Manager.

Step 2 - Rolling Upgrades Is Ready

Congratulations, you are now ready to start the rolling upgrade process of your orchestrator!

⚠️ GKE and AKS take care of the pod disruption budget for one hour. After this time period they drain the node, which would destroy the volume.

⚠️ EKS takes care on PDB for 50 mins, after this period upgrade would fail unless it was forced.