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PVC is Pending for minutes – GCP

Hello, I followed the same steps and I’m facing a problem to create the volume using Storage Class.

The PVC is at Phase PENDING for a while and the GCE disk hasn’t been created.

I’ve created the storage class using the sc.yaml:

apiVersion: storage.k8s.io/v1

kind: StorageClass


name: slow

provisioner: kubernetes.io/gce-pd


type: pd-standard

replication-type: none

Then I’ve create the pvc.yaml:

apiVersion: v1

kind: PersistentVolumeClaim


name: my-pvc


storageClassName: slow


- ReadWriteMany



      storage: 20G

2 Answers

I found the problem in this https://cloud.google.com/kubernetes-engine/docs/concepts/persistent-volumes.

ReadWriteMany: The Volume can be mounted as read-write by many nodes. PersistentVolumes that are backed by Compute Engine persistent disks don't support this access mode.  

After changing the access mode from ReadWriteMany to ReadWriteOne, it worked fine.

However, I got a question now. Won’t pods in different nodes access the same storage? Would I need to use pod affinity to make sure the pods are running on the same node?

That’s right, multiple nodes can’t access the same PersistentVolume because a block device can only be written to by one node at a time. In order for you to be able to write to a volume using multiple nodes at the same time, you would need to use a volume such as NFS. Here is a link to the supported access modes for each volume type: https://kubernetes.io/docs/concepts/storage/persistent-volumes/#access-modes

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