OS driven Software-Defined Storage (SDS) with Linux

In the tech world, a “layered cake” approach allows IT shops to enable new software capabilities while minimizing disruption. Need a new feature? Add a new layer. But like “too much of a good thing,” this approach has caused the IT stack to grow over the years. Software layer bloat and complexity can lead to […]

Replicating storage volumes on Scaleway ARM with LINSTOR

I’ve been using Scaleway for a while as a platform to spin-up both personal and work machines, mainly because they’re good value and easy to use. Scaleway offers a wide selection of Aarch64 and x86 machines at various price points, however none of these VMs are replicated – not even with RAID at the hardware […]

Container-Native Software Defined Storage (SDS) from LINBIT

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Container-native technologies represent the next wave of efficiency for data centers. Just like previous waves, a new technology points to new levels of efficiency and delivers some of it, but as you get deeper into it, you see opportunities to optimize how it works. And after a while longer, you see it. You see how […]

Dreaded Day of Downtime

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Some say that no one dreads a day of downtime like a storage admin. I disagree. Sure, the storage admins might be responsible for recovering a whole organization if an outage occurs; and sure, they might be the ones who lose their jobs from an unexpected debacle, but I would speculate that others have more […]

The Top Issues and Topics for HA-DR in 2018

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2017 is coming to a close and it is a good time to look back and then look forward. Thank you to our customers, partners, and the broader open source community for your participation, 2017 was a year of many accomplishments for LINBIT. We celebrated over 1.6 million downloads of DRBD, expanded into China, and […]

Don’t Settle for Downtime

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Innovative Data Storage Can Save Cash, Headaches, and Your Data Storage Downtime is Unacceptable When the network goes down, everyone is mildly annoyed, but when the storage goes down,  “Everyone loses their mind, ” as the Joker would say.  And for good reason. No one likes losing payroll data, shipments, customer information, financial transactions, or […]

Secure Linux: Atomicorp includes DRBD for replication

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Every so often we get a chance to test new¹ software. Usually this opportunity is driven by the question: Does DRBD play nicely with it? At HostingCon this year, we met a team from Atomicorp and decided that it would be interesting to see if we could get DRBD running on this hardened version of […]

FINALLY! Open Source Deduplication for Linux!

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We’ve been working with our partner, Permabit, for a couple of years now. Permabit is the author of VDO, a block level deduplication software for Linux. Pair this deduplication software (which also has optional compression) with our DRBD software, and you get extremely efficient, low overhead, data replication. The problem is Permabit built a solution […]

Red Hat Summit KeyNote: How to survive rapid change – Jim Whitehurst

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In Jim Whitehurst’s Red Hat Summit 2017 keynote, he opened by making a bold claim: planning is dead. He followed up his statement with predictions from the past that have turned out to be grossly inaccurate. He referred to a prominent example from 1899 when the US Patent office stated that “Everything that can be […]