Filling the Gap: LINBIT SDS in Amazon EKS

Reader Bootstrapping (Introduction): Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) might be one of the quickest routes an organization can take to run a highly available, fault tolerant, and scalable Kubernetes cluster. EKS handles many of the difficult tasks in managing a Kubernetes cluster for its users; letting them focus more on their applications than their infrastructure. […]

Benefits of Software-Defined Storage During the Lockdown

What is Software-Defined Storage?  Software-defined storage (SDS) is a technology used in data storage management that intentionally divides the duties accountable for provisioning capacity, protecting data controlling data placement from the physical hardware where the actual data is stored. As a result, SDS allows the storage hardware to be replaced, updated, and extended without removing […]

LINBIT & OpenNebula TechDays: About Building IaaS Clouds

LINBIT OpenNebula TechDays

Open Source Block Storage for OpenNebula Clouds The LINBIT OpenNebula TechDays is our mutual attempt to share our combined knowledge with the open source and storage community. We want to give you a thorough understanding of combining LINBIT’s software-defined storage solution with OpenNebula clouds. OpenNebula is a powerful, but easy-to-use, open source platform to build […]

High Availability (HA): What Are the Benefits?

Monitor show information of network traffic and status of devices in data center room

1.What is high availability? High availability (HA) – as the name suggests – is a term that describes the system’s components ability to continue functioning in a specified time frame. It can be measured relative to fully operational or 100% – in the industry, for example, a popular standard of availability for a product is […]

Hyper-Convergence: What Is It, and What Are Its Benefits?

LINBIT VSAN and two servers

I. What is Hyper-Convergence? Hyper-convergence (or HCI) is a data center architecture that prioritizes IT experts and administrators’ focus on workloads’ operating conditions instead of systems. The primary purpose of HCI has been to simplify the management of data centers by recreating them as transportation systems for software and transactions. Consequently, the “convergence” that HCI […]

Rancher’s K3s and LINBIT SDS

LINBIT SDS & K3s logos

K3s is a very popular Kubernetes distribution from Rancher Labs designed to be both simple to setup and lightweight (in terms of system resources, not features). This makes it a great fit for edge computing, IoT (Internet of Things), and CI environments. LINBIT SDS for Kubernetes is LINBIT’s software suite for provisioning low overhead, high […]

What are the benefits of running DRBD in Diskless mode?

dribd in diskless mode simple diagram explained

  Introduction As the developers of DRBD®, LINBIT has led the way in high availability since 2001. DRBD has been included in the Linux kernel since version 2.6.33 (2009), has been deployed on all major Linux distributions, and is fully compatible with systems, applications, devices, and services. LINBIT specializes in block level replication, high availability, […]

Automated testing at LINBIT with Virter

Test with Virter illustration

My previous blog post described Virter, a tool for running virtual machines (VMs). This post will show how we use that to test our software at LINBIT. Here we focus on our end-to-end tests. In tandem with Virter, we have another tool called vmshed. Think of it as a shed where VMs are kept. Or […]

Virter – cloud image virtual machines on your workstation

cloud image Virtual Machines on your workstation

Virtual machines on your workstation At LINBIT we like tools that are simple, convenient, and integrated. Managing virtual machines (VMs) for development and automated testing was a messy, complicated task. We did not have an appropriate tool for the job. So we created one. Virter is a tool that allows you to conveniently work with […]

Kubernetes High Availability for Stateful Workloads

LINBIT is a company with deep roots in Linux High Availability (HA). Because of this, LINBIT has some opinions on what HA is, and how it can be achieved. Kubernetes’ approach to HA generally involves sprawling many replicas of an application across many cluster nodes, therefore making it less impactful when a single node or […]