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DRBD Merged Into Linux!

Posted by madhavkobal on 15/12/2009

DRBD, an open source data replication solution, will be an integral part of the upcoming 2.6.33 Linux kernel release.

Linus Torvalds, the lead developer of the Linux kernel community, has merged DRBD — an open source data replication solution — into Linux as a fully supported component. After exactly 10 years of ongoing development work – software developer Phil Reisner wrote the first line of code on 8 December 1999 – Torvalds’ acknowledgement means DRBD has become a fixture on the storage market.

Impressed with Torvalds decision to integrate DRBD into Linux, Phil Reisner said, “This is a token of trust in DRBD and a terrific acknowledgement of our work – a true milestone in our company’s history.”

Kavan Smith, chief executive officer, LINBIT North America, highlighted the advantages of Torvalds’ decision. He said, “With this mainline addition to Linux, DRBD will be available to a wider audience of users enabling them to replicate data with more efficiency and control than ever before. Experiencing downtime! DRBD is the answer, not some expensive NAS/SAN device.”

Reisner originally published the Distributed Replicated Block Device as part of his Master’s thesis at the Vienna University of Technology. Originally intended as a means of storing email messages in a redundant fashion, Reisner realised the full potential of the newly developed solution. In November 2001, he co-founded LINBIT, a Vienna-based enterprise focussed on advancing the development of DRBD and Linux high-availability. DRBD is a registered trademark of LINBIT in the United States, the European Union, and many other countries.

The 2.6.33 Linux kernel release, of which DRBD will be an integral part, is currently expected for February 2010.

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