Use IBM Cloud Object Storage as Velero's storage destination.

You can deploy Velero on IBM Public or Private clouds, or even on any other Kubernetes cluster, but anyway you can use IBM Cloud Object Store as a destination for Velero’s backups.

To set up IBM Cloud Object Storage (COS) as Velero’s destination, you:

  • Download an official release of Velero
  • Create your COS instance
  • Create an S3 bucket
  • Define a service that can store data in the bucket
  • Configure and start the Velero server

Download Velero

  1. Download the latest official release’s tarball for your client platform.

    We strongly recommend that you use an official release of Velero. The tarballs for each release contain the velero command-line client. The code in the main branch of the Velero repository is under active development and is not guaranteed to be stable!

  2. Extract the tarball:

    tar -xvf <RELEASE-TARBALL-NAME>.tar.gz -C /dir/to/extract/to

    We’ll refer to the directory you extracted to as the “Velero directory” in subsequent steps.

  3. Move the velero binary from the Velero directory to somewhere in your PATH.

Create COS instance

If you don’t have a COS instance, you can create a new one, according to the detailed instructions in Creating a new resource instance.

Create an S3 bucket

Velero requires an object storage bucket to store backups in. See instructions in Create some buckets to store your data.

Define a service that can store data in the bucket.

The process of creating service credentials is described in Service credentials. Several comments:

  1. The Velero service will write its backup into the bucket, so it requires the “Writer” access role.

  2. Velero uses an AWS S3 compatible API. Which means it authenticates using a signature created from a pair of access and secret keys — a set of HMAC credentials. You can create these HMAC credentials by specifying {“HMAC”:true} as an optional inline parameter. See step 3 in the Service credentials guide.

  3. After successfully creating a Service credential, you can view the JSON definition of the credential. Under the cos_hmac_keys entry there are access_key_id and secret_access_key. We will use them in the next step.

  4. Create a Velero-specific credentials file (credentials-velero) in your local directory:


    where the access key id and secret are the values that we got above.

Install and start Velero

Install Velero, including all prerequisites, into the cluster and start the deployment. This will create a namespace called velero, and place a deployment named velero in it.

velero install \
    --provider aws \
    --bucket <YOUR_BUCKET> \
    --secret-file ./credentials-velero \
    --use-volume-snapshots=false \
    --backup-location-config region=<YOUR_REGION>,s3ForcePathStyle="true",s3Url=<YOUR_URL_ACCESS_POINT>

Velero does not currently have a volume snapshot plugin for IBM Cloud, so creating volume snapshots is disabled.

Additionally, you can specify --use-restic to enable restic support, and --wait to wait for the deployment to be ready.

(Optional) Specify CPU and memory resource requests and limits for the Velero/restic pods.

Once the installation is complete, remove the default VolumeSnapshotLocation that was created by velero install, since it’s specific to AWS and won’t work for IBM Cloud:

kubectl -n velero delete default

For more complex installation needs, use either the Helm chart, or add --dry-run -o yaml options for generating the YAML representation for the installation.

Installing the nginx example (optional)

If you run the nginx example, in file examples/nginx-app/with-pv.yaml:

Uncomment storageClassName: <YOUR_STORAGE_CLASS_NAME> and replace with your StorageClass name.

Getting Started

To help you get started, see the documentation.