Announcing Linbit SDS V.2.0 – Software-Defined Storage for Linux Platforms

Featuring a GUI and support for AWS’ EBS volumes

LINBIT® SDS 2.0 is a software-defined storage solution for Linux platforms. It is available in flavors for Kubernetes, Red Hat OpenShift, Apache CloudStack, OpenStack, OpenNebula, Hashicorp’s Nomad, Proxmox VE, XCP-ng, and as a virtual appliance for VMWare.

LINBIT SDS 2.0 provides block storage virtualization with a focus on performance, scalability, hyper-converged data-locality for high I/O performance, and resiliency through data replication.

Target Use Cases

These features make LINBIT SDS 2.0 a perfect solution for finance and insurance industries, as they need to meet regulatory compliance. LINBIT SDS 2.0 also enables these institutions to prosper under cost pressure because it provides a single SDS platform that they can use for multiple workload orchestrators. All data intense environments across many industries – which require extreme levels of data resiliency – benefit from the improved solution.

As LINBIT SDS 2.0 is deeply rooted in the Linux environment, it is a perfect fit for cloud builders, who often have a strong Linux affinity. It is also an ideal fit for public and private cloud providers. IaaS, DBaaS, Paas, and SaaS and all their variants rely on resilient storage, among other pillars. For example, LINBIT’s technologies form the backbone of the world’s largest cloud provider’s DBaaS offering.

Enterprises task system integrators with migrating legacy applications into cloud environments. Often, it is necessary to find a replacement for highly available shared storage appliances in the new environment. Storage replication is a key strength of LINBIT SDS 2.0 and with that a perfect fit for the task.

Modern applications often built with a micro services architecture, also called cloud native applications, require data at some point. Keeping the precious data in the same cluster, whether in an unstructured form (files) or structured (databases) is an advantage. LINBIT SDS 2.0 addresses these requirements with its comprehensive Kubernetes integration.

Highlights of the version 2.0 include:

  • A comprehensive GUI in addition to the CLI and the restful API
  • Deep integration with Amazon AWS by supporting the management of EBS volumes. The prime use case is databases replicated over multiple availability zones on AWS
  • Integrated snapshotting, backup (full and incremental), and snapshot-delta shipping between independent clusters for disaster recovery purposes (including a scheduler)
  • Optional RDMA storage networking instead of TCP/IP over Ethernet
  • Support for storage networking in the overlay/container network in Kubernetes environments, in addition to storage networking in the underlay/host network
  • Encryption at rest with self-encrypting drives (SED) in addition to dm-crypt
  • Data plane improvements: reduced write latency, improved handling of thinly provisioned back-end storage, reduced contention during rebuilding processes

These new features join LINBIT SDS’s already robust capabilities.

“Unlike other open source SDS solutions, LINBIT SDS is targeted at transactional workloads like databases, enterprise message queuing, etc. It is not targeted at archiving purposes. What is important to realize is that it enables high-availability using off-the-shelf components. It saves you from investing in FC switches and expensive storage appliances,” says CEO and Founder Philipp Reisner.

Background

The LINBIT SDS product flavors are support subscriptions available with different SLAs from LINBIT. They contain access to regularly updated software repositories and support from the LINBIT Team. The software contains open source components, which are mainly sponsored by LINBIT, and commercial components that are available only to customers.

About LINBIT

LINBIT is the force behind DRBD®, the de facto open source standard for high-availability (HA) software, and LINSTOR®, which manages data storage for enterprise virtualization and cloud computing. The LINBIT DRBD software is deployed in millions of mission-critical environments worldwide to provide HA geo-clustering for disaster recovery (DR). LINSTOR provides the base for software-defined storage (SDS) in many cloud orchestration systems like Kubernetes, OpenStack, Apache CloudStack, OpenNebula, XCP-ng, and Proxmox VE based clouds.

 

 

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Philipp Reisner

Philipp Reisner

Philipp Reisner is founder and CEO of LINBIT in Vienna/Austria. His professional career has been dominated by developing DRBD, a storage replication for Linux. Today he leads a company of about 30 employees with locations in Vienna/Austria and Portland/Oregon.

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