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Traditionally management of storage has always been manual and knowledge intensive. It is resistant to automation because legacy storage systems are built on layers of abstraction and protocols. This layering creates shared dependencies and complexity that must be thoughtfully managed by trained operators.

As applications are decomposed into microservices running in containers, their mobility and scalability make it impossible to provision and manage storage manually. This is the reason we developed driverless storage technology that makes it simple to rapidly provision and scale persistent storage for applications.

In eliminating the need to manage layers of storage infrastructure, we make it possible to express and manage an application’s storage requirements through a Profile. A profile is a YAML formatted file used to specify an application’s storage requirements in terms of resources (capacity, performance), data protection (redundancy, data services), access methods (file, block, object, interface protocols) and placement (media, tiering). It’s a declarative approach made possible by the automation of storage expertise in Storidge’s Container IO software.


Profiles can be used to consistently provision for applications, different classes of services, projects, unique customer requirements, etc.

Profiles that have been optimized for specific use cases can be saved and reused, making it easier to deliver repeatable and consistent services.

Profiles provide a compact way to pass volume options. For example, instead of

docker volume create --driver cio 
--name db-data \
--opt capacity=50 \
--opt directory=/cio/nfs
--opt iops=1000,2000 \
--opt level=2
--opt provision=thick \
--opt type=ssd \
--opt encryption=on

with a profile, do

docker volume create --driver cio --name db-data --opt profile=DBDATA


A profile is a YAML formatted file that describes your application’s storage requirements. The profile structure has the following sections.

  set of mappings


  set of mappings





  set of mappings

No logical ordering is required as values in one section do not reference values from previous sections.

List profiles

List profiles in the system.

$ cio profile list

Inspect profile

Display the GOLD profile and save output to file TEST in your current working directory.

$ cio profile info GOLD > TEST

Save profile

Edit profile TEST with your editor and save it.

$ cio profile create TEST

Create volumes

You can create a volume with the TEST profile using the --opt flag in a docker volume create command.

docker volume create --driver cio --name test --opt profile=TEST

Use with -v or --volume flag in docker run command.

docker run -it \
--mount source=test,target=/tmp,volume-driver=cio,volume-opt=profile=TEST \
--name test alpine sh

Use with --mount flag in a docker service create command.

docker service create \
--mount source=test,target=/var/lib/mysql,volume-driver=cio,volume-opt=profile=TEST \
--replicas 1 \
--detach=false \
--name mysql \

To use a profile in a cio volume create command, simply reference it using the -p or --profile flag in a cio volume create command.

cio volume create test --profile TEST

Remove profile

$ cio profile remove TEST


  • Formatting – Configuration files must conform to YAML formatting requirements. Always use spaces to indent as YAML does not support tab characters. Do not use the same key twice in the same file.
  • Location – Sample profiles are placed in /etc/storidge/profiles. These are for reference only as actual working profiles are saved to a backend database.
  • Naming – No naming convention or file extension is used.

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