Happy New Year! We will rock 2024, improving high availability and high-performance data storage on Linux. In the coming year, I look forward to doing more work on the RDMA code in DRBD, seeing LINSTOR reach 2.0, bringing an overhauled API, and providing better interactive feedback for long-running operations.
I have more plans and projects in mind. However, I prefer to let LINBIT’s customers guide the direction of our tech. Thus, I will avoid sharing too many goals to prevent unfulfilled promises at the end of the year.
I recently came across the article, ‘Broadcom ditches VMware Cloud Service Providers,’ which addresses the question, ‘How can they cancel a major program affecting hundreds, perhaps thousands of customers, with zero notice?’
The new owner, Broadcom, probably wants to cut out the Cloud Service Providers and get a larger share of the end customers’ money into their pockets. This change is the supplier (VmWare/Broadcom) suddenly entering the business of its customers (CSPs), trying to take over their field of business.
It’s a risky move for Broadcom. I can not believe that the CSPs that no longer have access to VMWare software would give up without trying to keep their customers by offering them cloud services built from one of the open source cloud stacks like CloudStack, OpenNebula, XCP-ng, Proxmox-VE or even OpenStack.
However, this is a win for Broadcom only if they can win the larger share of cloud end users over to their closely controlled CSPs.
So, it is a good stimulus for the open-source cloud stack ecosystem. And think for a moment longer: Can this happen again to a CSP after they have switched? No! An open-source stack, like ApacheCloudStack, can not be taken away.
Regarding LINBIT content, The Impact of Network Latency on Write Performance When Using DRBD is a blog post that offers a comprehensive look into the subject, complete with pro command line tips, data, results, and how DRBD Proxy can help!
Using a Cluster Resource Manager and DRBD to Minimize System Maintenance Downtime explores a lesser-known benefit of DRBD, which is to help minimize downtime during system maintenance.
Over to YouTube, Highly Available KVM Virtualization Using DRBD & Pacemaker is an introduction to one of our most popular tech guides: HA KVM Virtualization Using Pacemaker And DRBD On RHEL 9 Or AlmaLinux 9.
As Michael says in the video, this tech guide is your key to unlocking the full potential of highly available KVM virtualization.
Our first software release of 2024 is linstor-opennebula v3.0.0. A new major Open Nebula plugin release. We removed the handling of Opennebula context images for system datastores.