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LINBIT Introduces Container-Native Storage for Enterprise Applications

New Open-Source Software-Defined Storage Available for Kubernetes and OpenShift Environments.

“LINSTOR is designed to be container-native while consolidating storage and data management which saves time and money for IT departments,” said Brian Hellman, COO of LINBIT.

LINBIT, the de facto standard in open source High Availability (HA), Disaster Recovery (DR), Software-Defined Storage (SDS), and the force behind the renowned DRBD® open source software, today announced the public beta release of LINSTOR, a major new addition to its product portfolio. Serving the rapidly growing containerized applications market, LINSTOR fills a significant gap in the market by providing container-native block storage, a common data access model used by enterprise applications. LINSTOR can also provide data persistence for elastic applications, which dynamically create or remove containers depending on the load.

With LINSTOR, enterprise and database applications can benefit from container technologies while preserving data even when a container is eliminated; data centers can reduce cost and complexity when deploying scale-out cluster storage.

LINSTOR is part of LINBIT SDS, the industry’s fastest software defined storage solution for enterprise, cloud, and container environments. LINBIT SDS provisions, replicates, and manages data storage independent of hardware, thus enabling the use of commodity hardware and open source software, an important objective for many data centers. LINSTOR adds support for the popular Kubernetes and OpenShift environments.

LINBIT Introduces LINSTOR

“LINSTOR is designed to be container-native while consolidating storage and data management which saves time and money for IT departments,” said Brian Hellman, COO of LINBIT.

“Just as virtualization changed how storage must be configured and managed, container technologies demand a new approach,” said Brian Hellman, COO of LINBIT.

LINSTOR takes advantage of DRBD, a part of the Linux kernel for nearly a decade, to deliver fast and reliable data replication. By simplifying storage cluster configuration and ongoing management, then plugging into cloud and container front-ends, users get the resilient infrastructure they need while retaining flexibility to choose vendors. For example, using a pool of Linux storage, system administrators simply set the number of nodes, the number and size of storage volumes, and number of replicas, and LINSTOR identifies the servers with the proper space to build the environment.

“LINSTOR drastically simplifies storage provisioning and data replication without compromising speed and reliability,” said Philipp Reisner, CEO of LINBIT. “LINSTOR eliminates the long and complicated process of manually setting up cluster configuration files for each individual server.”

LINBIT will showcase its product portfolio with a special emphasis on container-native storage at the upcoming Red Hat Summit in San Francisco, California on May 8-10, 2018, Booth 432.

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.

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