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5 Keys to Running Workloads Resiliently with Docker and Rancher - Part 3

November 17, 2016

In the third section on data resiliency, we delve into various ways that data can be managed on Rancher (you can catch up on Part 1 and Part 2 here).

We left off last time after setting up loadbalancers, health checks and multi-container applications for our WordPress setup. Our containers spin up and down in response to health checks, and we are able to run the same code that works on our desktops in production.

Rancher Multi-container WordPress

Rancher Multi-container WordPress

All of this is nicely defined in a docker-compose.yml file along with the rancher-compose.yml companion that extends compose’s functionality on the Rancher cluster. The only issue is that when we terminated the MySQL container all of the data was lost. Read more

Setting Up Shared Volumes with Convoy-NFS

August 18, 2016


If you have been working with Docker for any length of time, you probably already know that shared volumes and data access across hosts is a tough problem. While the Docker ecosystem is maturing, implementing persistent storage across environments still seems to be a problem for most folks. Luckily, Rancher has been working on this problem and come up with a unique solution that addresses most of these issues. Running a database with shared storage still isn’t widely recommended, but for many other use cases, sharing volumes across hosts is good practice.

Much of the guide was inspired by one of the Rancher Online meetups. Additionally, here is a little reference to go from that includes some of the NFS configuration information if you want to build something like this yourself from scratch.

Rancher Convoy

If you haven’t heard of it yet, the Convoy project by Rancher is aimed at making persistent volume storage easy. Convoy is a very appealing volume plugin because it offers a variety of different options. For example, there is EBS volume and S3 support, along with VFS/NFS support, giving users some great and flexible options for provisioning shared storage.


This is a little recipe for standing up a Dockerized NFS server for the convoy-nfs service to connect to. Docker-NFS is basically a poor man’s EFS, and you should only run this if you are confident that the server won’t get destroyed or the data simply isn’t important enough to matter if it is lost. You can find more information about the Docker NFS server I used here.

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Using Convoy to Backup and Recover a Wordpress MySQL database with Docker

September 9, 2015

convoy_blueThe latest release of Docker Engine now supports volume plugins, which allow users to extend Docker capabilities by adding solutions that can create and manage data volumes for containers that need to manage and operate on persistent datasets.This is especially important for databases, and addresses one of the key limitations in Docker.

Recently at Rancher we released Convoy, an open-source Docker volume driver that makes it simple to snapshot, backup, restore Docker volumes across clouds.

In this post I will put Convoy into action, by using Convoy to snapshot and backup a database state for a WordPress application, and will use the backup to create a replica in another datacenter. I’ll also cover incremental and scheduled backups, so that you can begin regularly backing up any stateful data running in containers. Read more

Introducing Convoy - Recorded Online Meetup

August 28, 2015

Over the last few months our team at Rancher Labs has been working on building software that would allow users to create and manage persistent Docker volumes. With the release of Docker 1.8, which now officially supports Docker volume drivers, we announced Convoy, an open-source Docker volume driver that can snapshot, backup and restore Docker volumes anywhere.

Convoy is designed to be a standalone Docker volume driver that runs on individual Linux hosts. Our initial implementation of Convoy utilizes Linux Device Mapper to deliver four key storage functions for Docker volumes: 

  1. Create thin provisioned volumes
  2. Take snapshots of volumes
  3. Incrementally backup snapshots to object stores, such as Amazon S3
  4. Restore volumes on any host running Convoy

On August 26th we demonstrated Convoy and discussed our plans for incorporating it into Rancher. We walked through example use cases, and discussed how Convoy can be extended to work with other backend storage platforms. You can view a recording of this meetup below.


To get started with Convoy, please download it on GitHub.

You can view other, upcoming meetups here.

Introducing Convoy a Docker Storage Driver for Backup and Recovery of Volumes

August 19, 2015

convoy_blueHi, I am Sheng Yang (@yasker), an engineer here at Rancher Labs. Over the last few months our team has been working on building Docker storage software that would allow users to create and manage persistent Docker volumes. With last week’s release of Docker 1.8, which now officially supports Docker volume drivers, I am excited to announce Convoy, an open-source Docker volume driver that can snapshot, backup and restore Docker volumes anywhere.

At Rancher Labs, we are building an infrastructure service layer that offers uniform and consistent storage and networking services across any cloud provider, virtualized data center, or bare metal servers. Our overlay networking solution has been available for some time, and making persistent storage as portable as Docker containers is our next important goal. We wanted to develop a solution that was as simple to use and portable as Docker itself. Read more

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