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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.

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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.

Testing SSD Drives with DRBD: Intel DC 3700 Series

Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting results from tests that we’ve run against various manufactures SSD drives; including Intel, SanDisk, and Micron, to name a few.

The first post in this series goes over our findings of the Intel DC S 3700 Series 800GB SATA SSD drives. Read more