SolidFire’s newly released Docker plug-in makes persistent storage for containers simple and easy. Photo credit: Container ship New Orleans / Gnovick / CC

Containers, yo!

So it’s been pretty awesome watching the explosive growth of Docker, especially around volumes and networking, over the past year. As of Docker 1.9, things have been even more interesting with the release of storage and networking plug-in APIs.

There’s a lot going on out there in the storage space: cool stuff like Convoy, Flocker, and Rex-Ray. SolidFire has done some things with Convoy and Flocker, but most recently, we’ve finished up our first version of a native Docker plug-in. The bits are available on for now, and we will subsequently push another release to the official SolidFire Github page in short order.

I know what you’re thinking … “another plug-in?” Well, yeah! But here’s the thing: At SolidFire we set out to build a new storage product from the ground up with things like a scale-out design, multi-tenancy, and guaranteed Quality of Service (QoS) in mind. In other words, block storage for cloud! So we’re anything but “just another plug-in.” Thanks to our architecture and our philosophies around scale-out, automation, and simplicity, we’re not just providing a plug-in with a back-end you can use, but something you can use seamlessly and easily, integrating perfectly into the Next Generation Data Center. Most importantly, we’ve kept things pretty simple, so install and configuration are a piece of cake.

We’ll have some follow-ups highlighting different use cases and ways to use the driver, but for now, head on out to our quick intro demo (below), then check out the code out on Github. Tweet comments to @SolidFire and let us know what you think.

Photo credit: Container ship New Orleans / Gnovick / CC

John Griffith

Principal Software Engineer at SolidFire, opinionated, sometimes outspoken, but well intentioned. Passionate about open source technologies, particularly OpenStack.