Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) Integration with Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS)

Recently, I was involved in integrating Pivotal Cloud Foundry with Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS), an object storage solution from EMC.

In this post, I'm going to document the hiccups we faced during this integration and how did we resolve this, so that it is easier for other folks who would like to carry out this integration.


and the service broker code from git hub,https://github.com/spiegela/ecs-cf-service-broker

1. application.yml file Configuration:

First task would be to update the application.yml file in the broker code to have the correct configuration.

Note the spring profiles created in yml file. The active spring profile is defined in the build.gradle file to be 'development'. So based on that, we need to update the correct section in the yml file.

Under the broker section:

a) Provide a valid ECS namespace name (The namespace name is case sensitive). Under this namespace, PCF would create a bucket to store all the metadata related to this integration.

b) Provide a valid ECS replication group name (case sensitive).

c) Provide a management end point, which would generally be a https end point (with port 4443).
For eg,

d) Provide an object end point, which in our case was same as management end point (or /object/bucket suffix in the url)

e) Add a password property in this section and set it to the ECS password (This attribute is missing in the application.yml file, but you can see this property in the BrokerConfig.java file)

2. Enable SSL handshake communication:

Second task is to enable SSL handshake between the Service Broker and ECS. The broker uses the public key file localhost.pem file which is present in src/main/resources folder. We will need to replace this file with a public key file corresponding to our ECS installation.

Let's export the public certificate from our ECS application. 
a) Open the ECS application in a browser (say Chrome)

b) Follow these steps to save the certificate from ECS to local file system.
c) Lets say in step b) above, the file was saved as ecscert.cer

d) Now , we will need to convert the public key file format from .cert to .pem. We will use Java keytool for this. There could be other tools for performing this step as well.

e) Run the following commands from command prompt. We are creating a sample keystore temporarily. We have named it as 'mytest', it would be temporary and doesnt matter. While creating this, it would ask for a password which should be remembered as it is required in further steps.
In the third command, below provide path to the ecscert.cer. If you are running these commands from same directory as the cert file, then provide the file name, otherwise complete path to the file.  
keytool -genkey -alias test -keystore mytest
keytool -delete -alias test -keystore mytest
keytool -import -trustcacerts -alias test -file ecscert.cer -keystore test.keystore
keytool -exportcert -alias test -file localhost.pem -rfc -keystore test.keystore
After the fourth command above, it would create a new file localhost.pem file which is what we would need.
f) Copy the above localhost.pem to src/main/resources and replace the existing localhost.pem file.

3. Service Broker security:

The service broker application uses spring security, so it uses a default username called 'user' and a password as defined in the below section (depending on the spring profile which you choose):

    password: password
So, with the above config, the broker would be secured using credentials user/password.

4. Service Broker API Version:

Cloud Foundry comes with different Service Broker API versions and the broker application has to be compatible with it. This broker application uses API version 2.8, but your Cloud Foundry might expect a different version. You can use declare a bean to provide a new BrokerAPIVersion(). In our case, we simply set  the brokerApiVersion field property in BrokerConfig.java to 2.7. 

5. Push Service Broker app to Cloud Foundry:

The service broker application should be pushed to Cloud Foundry just like any other application. Sometimes is better to run this application locally to check if it is working fine.
a) Build the application using 'gradlew assemble'

b) Run the application using java -jar build/libs/ecs-cf-service-broker-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.jar to see if it starts without any issues.

 c) Push the application to Cloud Foundry. We used memory of 750M for this.

6. Register Service Broker with Cloud Foundry:

Once the application is pushed successfully, we need to register the broker, so that it would appear in Cloud Foundry marketplace.
Run these commands after logging into CF CLI as admin.
a) cf create-service-broker ecs-broker user password https://ecs-broker-url
Note that the user & password above, are the broker credentials configured in step 3. The url is the service broker application URL, which we get after pushing to Cloud Foundry.

b) cf enable-service-access  ecs-namespace

c) cf enable-service-access  ecs-bucket 

d) cf marketplace
The fourth command above, 'cf marketplace' should display the ecs-broker service.

7. Verify Bucket Creation in ECS:

Login to ECS, go the namespace configured in Step 1. We would see a bucket 'ecs-cf-broker-repository'. This bucket was created by Cloud Foundry as part of integration.


Bingo!, these steps would help us to successfully integrate ECS with Cloud Foundry and ready to rock and get ready to write cool Cloud Native applications using ECS Object Storage!!


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    1. Hi, I think you got confused with Amazon ECS which is a container service. However, the ECS mentioned here is Elastic Cloud Storage solution from Dell EMC, which is an object storage solution like S3.

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