LINBIT and OpenNebula Launch Reference Architecture for Container-Native Software Defined Storage (SDS)

VIENNANov. 8, 2018 – LINBIT, the pioneer in Linux-based Software Defined Storage (SDS) built on open source high availability, disaster recovery, and container technologies, today announced a reference architecture for SDS in collaboration with cloud platform leader OpenNebula. The architecture demonstrates how a container-native SDS solution can be deployed easily and deliver unprecedented speed and reliability. The companies have installed a powerful representative configuration in Frankfurt, Germany at a modern facility provided by e-shelter, one of the top data center operators in Europe.

LINBIT SDS is the only SDS solution that augments, rather than duplicate the storage management functionality that is already available in the Linux operating system,” said Brian HellmanLinbit COO.  “This simple but novel approach translates to a reliable feature-rich solution for large and small enterprise customers.”

Volume and configuration management is provided by LINSTOR, a software tool that serves as management console for LINBIT products, while fast and reliable data replication is delivered by DRBD, a part of the Linux kernel for nearly a decade.

“OpenNebula over LINSTOR enables a fully hyper-converged cloud with state-of-the-art orchestration and storage features, using OSS components exclusively,” said Constantino Vázquez, Engineering Manager at OpenNebula Systems. “The integration between the two couldn’t be more natural – they are a perfect fit.”

LINSTOR simplifies the management of block storage devices for Linux server clusters of any size. In addition, it is fully integrated with Kubernetes and OpenShift, which simplifies building, running, and controlling block storage.

OpenNebula is a turnkey enterprise-ready solution that includes all the features needed to provide an on-premises (private) cloud offering, and to offer public cloud services. Red Hat OpenShift is an open source container application platform based on the Kubernetes container orchestrator for enterprise application development and deployment.

The facility enable companies to test the full range of the OpenNebula and LINSTOR functionality with easy access, within minutes, and access to a pre-build configuration. Customers who are interested in running a test using the system may contact their LINBIT sales representative. For more information, please visit www.linbit.com.

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) for OpenStack and OpenNebula based clouds.

About OpenNebula 
OpenNebula is the open-source platform of choice in the converged data centre, providing a simple, albeit flexible and powerful, cloud manager that supports traditional IT features such as fault tolerance and failover; the dynamic provisioning, elasticity and multi-tenancy of modern enterprise clouds; and connectors for external clouds. With tens of thousands of deployments, OpenNebula is parked in some of the biggest organizations. OpenNebula Systems is the company that manages the OpenNebula Project and provides enterprise-grade support services.

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).

 

LINBIT Supports High Availability for Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services Users

Proven Open-Source High Availability For Leading Cloud Platforms

Beaverton, OR, August 14, 2018 – LINBIT, the pioneer in open source High Availability (HA), Disaster Recovery (DR) and Software-Defined Storage (SDS), today announced the general availability of LINBIT HA software on Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Cloud 2 (EC2). Protecting block data and creating always-on applications in the cloud is a growing need, but it is not automatic and requires software infrastructure tools such as those provided by LINBIT. The public cloud services market is projected to grow 21.4 percent in 2018 and LINBIT HA fills a critical need in the cloud market by supporting cloud user’s storage availability requirements without installing proprietary software.

Typical HA offerings from cloud providers generally only recover from failures at the virtual machine level. LINBIT HA goes beyond that to  recover applications from any failure that impacts application execution, including application level failures. itself. This makes LINBIT’s open-source software compelling for both cloud providers and cloud end-users.

“Microsoft has worked closely with LINBIT and is excited that it has expanded its technology to support High Availability needs for Azure Linux customers,” said Hosung Song, Senior Software Engineer, working in Azure Compute, Open Source Software Workloads Innovation Team.

“LINBIT software supports always-on applications and always-on data in OS-native and VM-native, and now Cloud-native environments,” said Brian Hellman, COO of LINBIT. “We are excited to support high availability for end-users of both Azure and EC2.”

LINBIT has created a new tech guide and video which demonstrate how to cluster any Linux distribution in Azure using the LINBIT DRBD software, which has been a part of the Linux kernel for almost a decade. With a few simple clicks, users can create and configure an HA NFS cluster using Microsoft’s quickstart template.

“Digital transformation means the kind of availability and scalability that can keep up with increasing storage demands,” said Phillip Reisner, CEO of LINBIT. “With more than 1.7 million downloads of the DRBD software, LINBIT is proud to deliver robust open source solutions that are imperative to keeping the digital world running.”

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) for OpenStack and OpenNebula based clouds.

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LINBIT Announces Open-Source Persistent Block Storage for Kubernetes

LINBIT SDS supports MariaDB and can create, remove, snapshot, and replicate Kubernetes storage volumes for Enterprise and Database Applications.

Beaverton, OR, July 26, 2018, LINBIT, the de facto standard in open source High Availability (HA), Disaster Recovery (DR), Software-Defined Storage (SDS), and the force behind the renowned DRBD® open-source software, today announced the general availability of LINBIT SDS for Kubernetes, which includes container-native persistent block storage for stateful applications and support for the MariaDB database. LINBIT SDS is an open-source storage management solution that relies on LINSTOR, a feature-rich volume and configuration management software, and DRBD, the robust in-kernel data replication software. LINSTOR takes advantage of DRBD, a part of the Linux kernel for nearly a decade, to deliver fast and reliable data replication.

Kubernetes is the industry’s most popular container orchestration tool in scale-out, elastic, or cloud environments. MariaDB is a leading open source relational database management system that is used by many enterprise customers. Kubernetes users can now easily run database applications inside containers, relying on fast Linux block storage for application performance, data resilience, and service availability. “For IT organizations and engineering teams using Kubernetes, LINBIT SDS is a great way to save time and money,” said Brian Hellman COO of LINBIT. “Before considering proprietary vendors, take a look at what your Operating System can do natively.”

LINBIT SDS provides a host of capabilities to manage persistent block storage for Kubernetes environments. It supports logical volume management (LVM) snapshots, which enhance application availability while minimizing data loss; thin provisioning, which improves efficient resource utilization in virtualized environments; and configuration management, which simplifies tasks such as adding, removing, or replicating storage volumes. View the LINBIT video that demonstrates using Kubernetes to deploy LINSTOR provisioned persistent volume for MySQL deployments.

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) for OpenStack and OpenNebula based clouds.

LINBIT joins the Open Source OpenSDS Project

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With 1.7 million downloads, LINBIT Represents the Largest Community of Open Source Mission Critical Workloads

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2018), May 1, 2018 – The OpenSDS Project, an open source community addressing software-defined storage integration challenges with the goal of driving enterprise adoption of open standards, today announced that LINBIT, a longtime leader of open source technologies, has joined OpenSDS. OpenSDS is a Linux Foundation hosted project.

The OpenSDS Project is comprised of storage users and vendors, including Dell EMC, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Huawei, IBM, Western Digital, Vodafone, NTT Communications, Toyota ITC, Yahoo! Japan, and Oregon State University. The project seeks to collaborate with other upstream open source communities such as Cloud Native Computing Foundation and OpenStack, as well as industry organizations such as Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA). LINBIT’s contributions to OpenSDS will offer seamless integration of DRBD remote data replication in OpenSDS.

“Being responsible for mission critical applications, the LINBIT community has always defined the frontline of the open source momentum in the enterprise,” said Steven Tan, chair of the OpenSDS Technical Steering Committee and VP and CTO Cloud Storage Solutions at Huawei. “We welcome LINBIT to the OpenSDS Project, and look forward to offering its trusted Linux technologies to the OpenSDS community”

“Cloud and container technologies present new challenges for efficient storage management, as do digital transformation and the increasing value of data assets,” said Philipp Reisner, CEO of LINBIT. “LINBIT is ideally positioned to address these challenges, building on its decades of experience with always-on, always-available technologies and leveraging the advanced development work that we are doing with erasure coding, highly available message queuing (HA-MQ), and geo-clustering via highly available network address lookup (HA-DNS).”

In a related announcement, LINBIT launched the public beta release of LINSTOR, a major new addition to its SDS product portfolio for the growing containerized applications space. With container-native block storage, LINSTOR fills a significant gap in the market to provide data persistence for elastic applications with support for Kubernetes and OpenShift environments.

The OpenSDS technical community hosts discussions on a dedicated mailing list: [email protected] For more information about OpenSDS, please email [email protected].

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information at www.linuxfoundation.org

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Sebastian brings his experience in marketing to the table. As Marketing Manager at LINBIT he cares especially about content marketing, brand appearance and public relations. He fills brands with life telling engaging stories. Sebastian strives for his marketing efforts being helpful information or great entertainment rather than all bark but no bite.

 

LINBIT Introduces Container-Native Storage for Enterprise Applications

New Open-Source Software-Defined Storage Available for Kubernetes and OpenShift Environments.

“LINSTOR is designed to be container-native while consolidating storage and data management which saves time and money for IT departments,” said Brian Hellman, COO of LINBIT.

LINBIT, the de facto standard in open source High Availability (HA), Disaster Recovery (DR), Software-Defined Storage (SDS), and the force behind the renowned DRBD® open source software, today announced the public beta release of LINSTOR, a major new addition to its product portfolio. Serving the rapidly growing containerized applications market, LINSTOR fills a significant gap in the market by providing container-native block storage, a common data access model used by enterprise applications. LINSTOR can also provide data persistence for elastic applications, which dynamically create or remove containers depending on the load.

With LINSTOR, enterprise and database applications can benefit from container technologies while preserving data even when a container is eliminated; data centers can reduce cost and complexity when deploying scale-out cluster storage.

LINSTOR is part of LINBIT SDS, the industry’s fastest software defined storage solution for enterprise, cloud, and container environments. LINBIT SDS provisions, replicates, and manages data storage independent of hardware, thus enabling the use of commodity hardware and open source software, an important objective for many data centers. LINSTOR adds support for the popular Kubernetes and OpenShift environments.

LINBIT Introduces LINSTOR

“LINSTOR is designed to be container-native while consolidating storage and data management which saves time and money for IT departments,” said Brian Hellman, COO of LINBIT.

“Just as virtualization changed how storage must be configured and managed, container technologies demand a new approach,” said Brian Hellman, COO of LINBIT.

LINSTOR takes advantage of DRBD, a part of the Linux kernel for nearly a decade, to deliver fast and reliable data replication. By simplifying storage cluster configuration and ongoing management, then plugging into cloud and container front-ends, users get the resilient infrastructure they need while retaining flexibility to choose vendors. For example, using a pool of Linux storage, system administrators simply set the number of nodes, the number and size of storage volumes, and number of replicas, and LINSTOR identifies the servers with the proper space to build the environment.

“LINSTOR drastically simplifies storage provisioning and data replication without compromising speed and reliability,” said Philipp Reisner, CEO of LINBIT. “LINSTOR eliminates the long and complicated process of manually setting up cluster configuration files for each individual server.”

LINBIT will showcase its product portfolio with a special emphasis on container-native storage at the upcoming Red Hat Summit in San Francisco, California on May 8-10, 2018, Booth 432.

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) for OpenStack and OpenNebula based clouds.

Sebastian Schinhammer
Sebastian brings his experience in marketing to the table. As Marketing Manager at LINBIT he cares especially about content marketing, brand appearance and public relations. He fills brands with life telling engaging stories. Sebastian strives for his marketing efforts being helpful information or great entertainment rather than all bark but no bite.

Educational Organizations Choose LINBIT for Seamless High Availability and Disaster Recovery Solutions

Digital Transformation in Higher Ed Leads to Growing Requirement for Affordable Always-On IT 

BEAVERTON, Ore., Jan 24, 2018 — LINBIT, the de facto standard in open source High Availability (HA), Disaster Recovery (DR), Software-Defined Storage (SDS), and the force behind the renowned DRBD® software, today announced that it is bringing affordable highly available IT to educational organizations. LINBIT’s suite of software enables the implementation of always-on systems for enrollment, online testing, registration, and other critical services.

Across the education market, digitization of key processes, from managing student records to assignments and tests, have led to a growing requirement for always-on, highly available IT services that often demand 99.999% availability and 24/7 data protection against hardware failures. Customers in education have been looking to LINBIT to meet these increasing demands.

Performance Matters, Inc., a leading provider of software for professional development, teacher evaluation, and student assessments, chose the LINBIT HA software to minimize database downtime. Before LINBIT, database recovery took hours and backups would only restore to the previous day’s data.

Performance Matters required a solution that would keep data up to date for each transaction and ensure near real-time data integrity. This level of HA is increasingly important, for example, to allow teachers to administer online tests that are graded and written directly to a database, making test results available to students within minutes. If the database crashes or transactions are lost, then hundreds of student results would also be lost.

The LINBIT DRBD software “is perfectly integrated with the components of the SUSE Linux Enterprise Distribution and it gives us enough flexibility for software and hardware maintenance without service interruption,” said Armin Burkhardt, Head of Computer Service Group at Max Planck Institute.

The world-renowned Max Planck Institute carries out research in life, social, and human sciences in multiple countries. To ensure the availability and the long-term protection of scientific data, it deployed two clusters in separate locations operating under the LINBIT solution.

For Athabasca University (AU) in Canada, affordable HA drove their decision to choose LINBIT. AU was tasked with providing students access to the campus database and applications, while controlling costs. As an online university, it is essential for services to be available 24/7. AU’s servers run exclusively on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Citrix Xen virtualization software, and the MySQL database.

Dmitry Makovey, Systems Administrator at AU stated that the LINBIT software “allows us to resolve availability problems without resorting to high-cost solutions. Simplicity of its setup and maintenance allows us to spend less time figuring things out with DRBD and more time working with application stacks.” After several years in production, the LINBIT solution is still successfully in production mode at AU.

Boasting almost 1.7 million downloads, LINBIT has been working with organizations around the globe for more than 17 years to build an integrated enterprise-ready solution for HA, DR, and SDS. Bringing affordability, openness, control, and other benefits of the open source model to the mission-critical enterprise, the LINBIT solution is comprised of DRBD and other proven open source software, such as Pacemaker, Corosync, Clustered Logical Volume Manager, Ansible, and more. DRBD has been in the Linux kernel since 2009, proving itself to be both fast and reliable.

“LINBIT has recently made it even easier for organizations to deploy high availability and disaster recovery,” said Brian Hellman, COO of LINBIT. “We’ve automated the process by creating an Ansible playbook which allows users to test drive an HA cluster in their own environment.

Additional case studies on the use of HA and DR software by educational organizations are available  at: http://www.linbit.com/en/products-and-services/industry/#education

 

About LINBIT (http://www.linbit.com)

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) for OpenStack and OpenNebula based clouds. Visit us at http://www.LINBIT.comhttps://twitter.com/linbit, or https://www.linkedin.com/company/linbit. LINBIT is Keeping the Digital World Running.

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.