Supported frontends (orchestrators)

Trident supports multiple container engines and orchestrators, including:

In addition, Trident should work with any distribution of Docker or Kubernetes that uses one of the supported versions as a base, such as Rancher or Tectonic.

Supported backends (storage)

To use Trident, you need one or more of the following supported backends:

  • FAS/AFF/Select 9.1 or later
  • HCI/SolidFire Element OS 8 or later
  • E/EF-Series SANtricity
  • Azure NetApp Files
  • Cloud Volumes ONTAP
  • Cloud Volumes Service for AWS
  • Cloud Volumes Service for GCP

Feature Gates

Trident requires some feature gates to be enabled for certain features to work. Refer to the table shown below to determine if you need to enable feature gates, based on your version of Trident and Kubernetes.

Feature Trident version Kubernetes version
CSI Trident 19.07 and above 1.131 and above
Volume Snapshots (beta) 20.01 and above 1.17 and above
PVC from Volume Snapshots (beta) 20.01 and above 1.17 and above
iSCSI PV resize 19.10 and above 1.16 and above
1: Requires enabling CSIDriverRegistry and CSINodeInfo for Kubernetes 1.13. Install CSI Trident on Kubernetes 1.13 using the --csi switch when invoking tridentctl install.


All features mentioned in the table above require CSI Trident.

Check with your Kubernetes vendor to determine the appropriate procedure for enabling feature gates.

Supported host operating systems

By default Trident itself runs in a container, therefore it will run on any Linux worker.

However, those workers do need to be able to mount the volumes that Trident provides using the standard NFS client or iSCSI initiator, depending on the backend(s) you’re using.

These are the Linux distributions that are known to work:

  • Debian 8 or later
  • Ubuntu 16.04 or later
  • CentOS 7.0 or later
  • RHEL 7.0 or later
  • CoreOS 1353.8.0 or later
  • RedHat CoreOS 4.2 and 4.3

The tridentctl utility also runs on any of these distributions of Linux.

Host configuration

Depending on the backend(s) in use, NFS and/or iSCSI utilities must be installed on all of the workers in the cluster. See the worker preparation guide for details.

Storage system configuration

Trident may require some changes to a storage system before a backend configuration can use it. See the backend configuration guide for details.