Creating Local Persistent Volumes for Greenplum

Greenplum requires a Kubernetes Storage Class to use for provisioning Persistent Volumes (PVs) for Greenplum segment pods. This topic describes how to use a storage class that is backed by manually-provisioned Kubernetes local volumes. A local volume is a disk device, partition, or directory that is directly mounted to a Kubernetes node.

Local volumes can provide high performance in Greenplum clusters when they are used with fast SSDs or RAID systems. However, keep in mind that using local volumes introduces an additional dependency between each Greenplum pod and the node that hosts the local volume; if the local volume node fails, then the associated pod will also fail.


Each Greenplum for Kubernetes segment instance (the master, standby, and each primary and mirror segment instance) requires its own, dedicated data storage area. This means configuring one Kubernetes storage volume per segment instance. To satisfy this requirement with local persistent volumes, you may need to create multiple directories, partitions, or logical volumes (using a tool like LVM) to create the required number of mount points.

For example, consider a case where Greenplum is deployed using 3 large servers, each having 2 SSDs for local storage. In order to deploy a Greenplum cluster of 20 segments (primary/mirror segment pairs) with a master and standby master, you require 42 logical volumes (segment instances = 20 * 2 + 1 + 1 ). With LVM, each pair of physical SSDs could form a logical volume group that is then used to create 14 logical volumes. Other configuration options are possible, but keep in mind that any required directories, partitions, or logical volumes must be created before you can create the associated local volume.

For best performance, Pivotal recommends using persistent volumes that are backed by a local SSD with the XFS filesystem, using readahead cache for best performance. Use the mount options rw,nodev,noatime,nobarrier,inode64 to mount the volume. See Optimizing Persistent Disk and Local SSD Performance in the Google Cloud documentation for more information.


  1. Create the directory, partition, or logical volume that you want to use as a Kubernetes local volume.

  2. Create a PersistentVolume definition, specifying the local volume and the required NodeAffinity field. For example:

    apiVersion: v1
    kind: PersistentVolume
      name: greenplum-local-pv
        storage: 500Gi
      - ReadWriteOnce
      persistentVolumeReclaimPolicy: Retain
      storageClassName: local-storage
        path: /mnt/disks/greenplum-vol1
          - matchExpressions:
            - key:
              operator: In
              - my-greenplum-node

    See local in the Kubernetes documentation for Volumes for more information about configuring local persistent volumes.

  3. Repeat the previous step for each PersistentVolume required for your cluster. Remember that each Greenplum segment host requires a dedicated storage volume.

  4. Create the StorageClass definition, specifying no-provisioner in order to manually provision local persistent volumes. Using volumeBindingMode: WaitForFirstConsumer is also recommended to delay binding the local PersistenVolume until a pod requires it. For example:

    kind: StorageClass
      name: local-storage
    volumeBindingMode: WaitForFirstConsumer
  5. Use kubectl to apply the StorageClass and PersistentVolume configurations that you created.

  6. Specify the local storage StorageClass name when you deploy a new Greenplum cluster. See Deploying a New Greenplum Cluster for instructions.