External static provisioner for local persistent volumes in Kubernetes


I am attempting to create a 3-node Elasticsearch cluster by following the instructions here. The operator creates a cluster with persistent volumes of 1GiB with the default storage class, which happens to be do-block-storage for DO managed Kubernetes (more details on how to provision persistent volume here).

However, I would like to use local PVs instead of network ones (Block Storage) as is recommended here. Is there a guide on how to go about this?


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According to the official documentation, DigitalOcean recommends against using HostPath volumes with their Managed Kubernetes services because nodes are frequently replaced and all data stored on the nodes will be lost.

You can persist data in DigitalOcean Kubernetes clusters to block storage volumes using the DigitalOcean CSI plugin. The volume gets mounted to the node itself and then a PVC is created, so there should not really be any noticeable latency.

Alternatively, you could deploy an unmanaged Kubernetes cluster on a few Droplets as per the instructions here:

Regards, Bobby