Brian, LINBIT’s COO, and Genadiy, from LINBIT communications, talk about the origin of our SDS event LINSTOR Days! Brian then is also addressing our Kubernetes operator and what is next in store for LINBIT in the future.
What is your position in LINBIT at the moment? (0:18)
I originally started working in LINBIT back in 2008. At that point, I was head of engineering, and my other associate was in charge of sales. Currently, I’m overseeing all the projects we do in the US.
How did you come up with the idea for LINSTOR Days? (1:00)
About three weeks ago, I had a call with a potential prospect, and I wanted to have a feel for what they saw in the industry and do they have any ideas for improvement.
As we’re discussing all the points that need improvement, I realized that we do 95% to 98% of them already. So at that point, I reached out to our marketing guy Niels and said: “We’ve got people that don’t understand that we do all those things already.”
And these are key players in the industry. We decided that we need more advertising out there. So he came up with the idea that we should have LINSTOR Days – a series of webinars promoting our work, and I jumped right there with the idea. It’s an opportunity for us to share what we do with the rest of the world.
So, in just three sentences, can you describe to us LINSTOR Days? (2:12)
Initially, we’re starting with a brief introduction that we will map out on day 1. Then we’re going with a little more in-depth information on day 2, and we will have a special guest speaker from Western Digital that’s going to be presenting with us on Thursday on LINSTOR Days. And then, we will end with Developers’ Q&A, where the community will have an opportunity to ask questions or give proposals to the developers about what will improve LINSTOR.
What exactly are going to be the benefits of the attendees viewing the webinars. What will they be able to take away from them? (3:33)
Hopefully, they will learn more about the functionality of LINSTOR, as well as its flexibility. So with LINSTOR, those of you who don’t know it’s a wrapper around this LINUX storage tool. It also provides an API interface to integrate it with other products or reference it on websites or graphical interface or anything like that.
Hopefully, they will take that as well as understand more about LINBIT and where we’re heading.
More info about LINBIT, LINSTOR, use cases? (4:31)
LINSTOR can be used as a stand-alone tool without Kubernetes – as a storage provisioning tool, or it can be used together with Kubernetes, where we see it.
Can you tell us more about LINSTOR and Kubernetes? (5:10)
To deploy a LINSTOR or a Kubernetes cluster, there’s a lot of moving pieces. You have a controller and a satellite, and you have to set up each server. With Kubernetes, we developed this operator that deploys the controller and the satellites as pods within the Kubernetes cluster. And then you get an interface with a Kubernetes cluster like you would with any other group. And you will be able to provision your storage as persistent storage, or you can replicate it persistently.
So can you tell us more about the schedule of the event. And what type of content will the attendees be able to get? (6:00)
– I will do the intro, then we will get more technical information, and we will finish with Q and A. Contentwise, we have several youtube videos that we’ve recently published. They will give demonstrations of LINSTOR and how to use it to provision the storage within Kubernetes.
So those will be pushed out, as well as tech guides and cheat sheets in pdf form that we can share with everyone. And hopefully, we will finish with a strong Q&A and probably announcing some new features.
And do you have something interesting for those who are coming to see your webinars? (7:00)
We have several contests where you can win T-shirts like the one I’m wearing, or the hat. We’re giving away some free training as well. They go with some of our developers, giving away the fundamentals of DRBD and pacemaker clusters. So you can learn the basics and intricacies of how to configure a pacemaker cluster.
What’s next for LINSTOR and LINBIT in the future? (8:19)
We’ll continue to improve the integration in the Kubernetes, which is like a moving target. We have a good set of developers, and we’ve been trying and succeeding in keeping up with it so far. We also got snapshot shipping, and we’re working on getting snapshot shipping on S3 because this is a highly requested feature.
And then, I believe, beyond that, we also have a windows version of DRBD, which we will push out shortly for those which want high availability in Windows.
Thanks for your time!