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Official Title: OpenStack Block Storage Cinder

PTL: Mike Perez <thingee at gmail d0t com>

Mission Statement:
To implement services and libraries to provide on demand, self-service access to Block Storage resources. Provide Software Defined Block Storage via abstraction and automation on top of various traditional backend block storage devices.


Cinder is a Block Storage service for OpenStack. It's designed to allow the use of either a reference implementation (LVM) to present storage resources to end users that can be consumed by the OpenStack Compute Project (Nova). The short description of Cinder is that it virtualizes pools of block storage devices and provides end users with a self service API to request and consume those resources without requiring any knowledge of where their storage is actually deployed or on what type of device.

Core Team

See current members.

Project Meetings

See Meetings/Cinder.

Getting in Touch

We use the openstack-dev@lists.openstack.org mailing list for discussions using subjects with the prefix "[cinder]". We also hang out on IRC in #openstack-cinder on freenode. IRC logs are available in: http://eavesdrop.openstack.org/irclogs/#openstack-cinder/

Related projects

Core Volume Drivers

For a list of the core drivers in each OpenStack release and the volume operations they support, see https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/CinderSupportMatrix

How To Contribute A Driver

See How to contribute a driver

How To Contribute A New Feature

See How to contribute a new feature

Sample cinder.conf

The cinder.conf.sample is no longer maintained and tested in the source tree. Currently you can obtain a copy of a nightly generated conf file here: nightly_generated_conf_files

Note that the base cinder.conf.sample.txt (no time-stamp appended) is the current "good" generated conf for the previous milestone.


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