Managing volumes

Creating and consuming storage from ONTAP, SolidFire, E-Series systems and the Cloud Volumes Service is easy with Trident. Simply use the standard docker volume commands with the Trident driver name specified when needed.

Create a Volume

# create a volume with a Trident driver using the default name
docker volume create -d netapp --name firstVolume

# create a volume with a specific Trident instance
docker volume create -d ntap_bronze --name bronzeVolume

If no options are specified, the defaults for the driver are used. The defaults are documented on the page for the storage driver you’re using below.

The default volume size may be overridden per volume as follows:

# create a 20GiB volume with a Trident driver
docker volume create -d netapp --name my_vol --opt size=20G

Volume sizes are expressed as strings containing an integer value with optional units (e.g. “10G”, “20GB”, “3TiB”). If no units are specified, the default is ‘G’. Size units may be expressed either as powers of 2 (B, KiB, MiB, GiB, TiB) or powers of 10 (B, KB, MB, GB, TB). Shorthand units use powers of 2 (G = GiB, T = TiB, …).

Volume Driver CLI Options

Each storage driver has a different set of options which can be provided at volume creation time to customize the outcome. Refer to the documentation below for your configured storage system to determine which options apply.

Destroy a Volume

# destroy the volume just like any other Docker volume
docker volume rm firstVolume

Volume Cloning

When using the ontap-nas, ontap-san, solidfire-san, aws-cvs, and gcp-cvs storage drivers, Trident can clone volumes. When using the ontap-nas-flexgroup or ontap-nas-economy drivers, cloning is not supported.

# inspect the volume to enumerate snapshots
docker volume inspect <volume_name>

# create a new volume from an existing volume.  this will result in a new snapshot being created
docker volume create -d <driver_name> --name <new_name> -o from=<source_docker_volume>

# create a new volume from an existing snapshot on a volume.  this will not create a new snapshot
docker volume create -d <driver_name> --name <new_name> -o from=<source_docker_volume> -o fromSnapshot=<source_snap_name>

Here is an example of that in action:

[me@host ~]$ docker volume inspect firstVolume

        "Driver": "ontap-nas",
        "Labels": null,
        "Mountpoint": "/var/lib/docker-volumes/ontap-nas/netappdvp_firstVolume",
        "Name": "firstVolume",
        "Options": {},
        "Scope": "global",
        "Status": {
            "Snapshots": [
                    "Created": "2017-02-10T19:05:00Z",
                    "Name": "hourly.2017-02-10_1505"

[me@host ~]$ docker volume create -d ontap-nas --name clonedVolume -o from=firstVolume

[me@host ~]$ docker volume rm clonedVolume
[me@host ~]$ docker volume create -d ontap-nas --name volFromSnap -o from=firstVolume -o fromSnapshot=hourly.2017-02-10_1505

[me@host ~]$ docker volume rm volFromSnap

Access Externally Created Volumes

Externally created block devices (or their clones) may be accessed by containers using Trident only if they have no partitions and if their filesystem is supported by Trident (example: an ext4-formatted /dev/sdc1 will not be accessible via Trident).