LINBIT USA Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

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Customers are Recognized as Key to Business Success

Beaverton, Ore., September 6, 2018 LINBIT USA, the pioneer in open source High Availability (HA), Disaster Recovery (DR) and Software-Defined Storage (SDS), has reached a milestone this September, celebrating 10 years of business in the Americas. Recognizing the deep collaboration with its customers, LINBIT USA credits its loyal customer base as a critical component for driving its tremendous growth over the last decade.

After developing the company’s flagship HA software, DRBD(R), in 2001, Philipp Reisner, CEO of LINBIT, founded the company in Vienna, Austria. After years of break through performance, DRBD was integrated into the Linux kernel in 2009. Today, DRBD has over 2 million downloads and is the foundation for LINBIT’s expansion into the SDS and Container space.

LINBIT USA was established in 2008 to offer development, consultancy, 24/7 support, and OEM/ISV integration services in North, Central and South America and boasts an impressive enterprise customer list of names, such as Cisco, Microfocus, CN Rail, Bechtel, Adamson Systems, Performance Matters and TruckPro.

TruckPro, with over 150 retail locations in 33 states, relies on LINBIT for resiliency. “Uptime is very important for our business and anything we can do to quickly recover from any issue is paramount,” said Henry SantaMaria, Director of Infrastructure at TruckPro. “Our investment [in LINBIT’s software] yielded a noticeable increase in performance and stability which we did not have before.”

“It gives me great pride in joining LINBIT employees, clients and business partners in celebrating the 10th anniversary of LINBIT USA, said Brian Hellman, COO of LINBIT and head of LINBIT USA. “We have accomplished a great deal since the business started, and as the company continues to thrive and expand, we are very excited about our future. Our customers have made us who we are today.”

Read the LINBIT USA Anniversary blog for a look back on the history of LINBIT.

About LINBIT

LINBIT is the force behind DRBD and the de facto open standard for High Availability (HA) software for enterprise and cloud computing. The LINBIT DRBD software is deployed in millions of mission-critical environments worldwide to provide High Availability (HA), Geo Clustering for Disaster Recovery (DR), and Software Defined Storage (SDS).

 

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LINBIT USA Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

LINBIT US is celebrating a decade of service and growth. 10 years ago, we started our journey with you from a newly established office in the pacific northwest. In that time, we have moved into new offices, grown our team 4 times in size, built some really great software, and most importantly, met, collaborated with, and served some of the most sophisticated customers along the way. Here’s a snapshot of some of the major milestones told in the present tense.

2010: Our bread and butter has always been High Availability. LINBIT HA software, DRBD, is now in the Linux mainline kernel since 2010, as of release 2.6.33. This promises to be a standout event that makes enterprise-grade HA a standard capability within Linux and puts the open source community on par with the best of proprietary systems out there.

2015: Fast forward to 2015. LINBIT is a company that is actually being talked about as the best solution for huge enterprises! Hundreds of thousands of servers depend on the replication that DRBD provides. All our customers are doing really cool work. And some of them are very well known, such as Cisco and Google. We are forming strong partnerships across North and South America– think RedHat and Suse.

New Horizon: Disaster Recovery

2016: Not only is the LINBIT HA product a success, but our new product focused on disaster recovery, DRBD Proxy, is  proving to be incredibly useful to companies who need to replicate data across distances. LINBIT is having wonderful success in providing clients peace of mind in case a disaster strikes, or perhaps a clumsy admin pulls on some cables they weren’t supposed to be pulling on! Oh, and we can’t forget our fun videos that go along with these products: LINBIT DR, LINBIT HA, and LINBIT SDS.

More in 2016: The official release of DRBD9 to the public. A huge move for enterprises looking to have multiple replicas of their data (up to 32!). Now, companies can implement software-defined storage (SDS) for creating, managing and running a cloud storage environment.

New Kid on the Block: LINSTOR

2018: Now that SDS is a feature, many clients are looking for it. LINBIT is making it even easier, and plausible, with the release of LINSTOR. With this, everything is automated. Deploying a DRBD volume has never been easier.

2018: At this point we would be remiss if we didn’t mention that LINSTOR has Flex Volume & External Provisioner drivers for Kubernetes. We now provide persistent storage to high performance containerized applications! Here is a LINSTOR demo, showing you just how quick and easy it is to deploy a DRBD cluster with 20 resources.

Now: A new guide describes  DRBD for the Microsoft Azure cloud service. We have partners and resellers who have end clients running Windows servers that need HA. One of our engineers even created a video of an NFS failover in Azure!

What else? There is almost too much to say about the past 10 years and the amount of growth and change is astonishing. However, at our core, we are the same. We believe in open source. In building software that turns the difficult into fast, robust, and easy. In our clients. In our company.

“We are grateful”

During a conversation at Red Hat Summit this year, LINBIT COO Brian Hellman was asked how long he had been at LINBIT.  “I replied ‘10 years in September.’ The gentleman was surprised; ‘That’s a long time, especially in the tech industry’.  To which he replied, ‘I love what I do and the people I work with — Not only the members of the LINBIT team, but also our customers, partners, and our extended team.  Without them we wouldn’t be here, they make it all possible and for that we are grateful.”

To whomever is reading this, wherever you are, you were part of it. You ARE part of it! So a big thank you for reading, caring, and hopefully using LINBIT HA, LINBIT DR, or LINBIT SDS. Cheers to another 10 years!


Kelsey Swan
Kelsey turns her personal passion for connecting with people into a supporting LINBIT clients. As the Accounts Manager for LINBIT USA, Kelsey engages with customers to provide them with the best experience possible. From Enterprise companies, to Mom and Pop shops, Kelsey ensures the implementation of LINBIT products goes smoothly. Doing what is best for the client is her #1 priority.