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LINBIT SDS® makes building, running and controlling block storage for containers simple.

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Managing persistent block storage systems can be much easier now with our certified operator built for OpenShift and Linux server clusters. Access a verity of high availability and disaster recovery features also built natively into the solution. Save engineering time by eliminating manual resource configuration while enabling top-level views of your clusters.

Persistent Container Storage

With the LINBIT SDS-CSI driver, the storage volumes provided and managed by LINBIT SDS integrate seamlessly with Kubernetes and the workloads running there. In order to meet the persistence guarantees, it allows the user to select the replication count per Storage Class.

Block Storage Replication

Data replication is necessary to meet persistence guarantees in a world where hardware devices might fail. The highest performance is achievable when this replication is done at a very low level, at the block level below the file system.

Kubernetes Integration

For Integration with Kubernetes, all components are packages as docker containers; DRBD-kernel-driver module loader, LINBIT SDS controller, LINBIT SDS satellite, the LINBIT SDS CSI driver and the LINBIT SDS Operator.

Separation of Data and Control Plane

LINBIT SDS is only necessary for control operations like; Creating volumes, taking snapshots, resizing volumes, or making them available on other nodes. After a volume is set up and handed over to the workload the IO operations on it are independent of the LINBIT SDS controller and LINBIT SDS satellite components. Those could be restarted/upgraded without affecting IO on existing volumes.


As an alternative to TCP/IP over Ethernet DRBD can use RDMA networks natively. They are RoCE and Infiniband fabrics. That frees CPU for the workload itself, enables bleeding edge network speeds and lowest storage access latencies.

Management of PMEM

PMEM is a new and very fast storage class. When it is available in addition to SSDs LINBIT SDS can use it to place DRBD’s meta-data and add dm-cachen & dm-writecache to accelerate IO throughput and access times.

Snapshots, Thin Provisioning, Deduplication, Encryption

LINBIT SDS leverages on LVM and brings from that thin provisioning and efficient snapshots. It can add VDO into the storage stack to enable in-line deduplication. Via LUKS/dm-crypt it can encrypt data at rest. In all these areas it uses the existing building blocks on the Linux platform. Building on the shoulders of Open Source giants avoiding re-inventing the wheel.

NVME Over Fabric

LINBIT SDS is a very flexible system, with DRBD it is suitable for use with local storage devices, where compute nodes and storage nodes are hyperconverged. It can also use NVMe-oF to deliver storage from dedicated storage nodes to compute nodes or even from specialized NVMe-oF target devices like (WDs OpenFlex E3000). Thus orchestrate composable infrastructure / a disaggregated architecture.

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  • RJ

    Rob J.

    Business Development

    Review source: Invitation from G2
    Review source: Invitation from G2
    Not ratedDec 30, 2018

    "Average software "

    What do you like best?

    I appreciated how user friendly this software was to use. There were no issues with navigating.

    What do you dislike?

    When it comes to Customer service, there are some areas of opportunity when it comes to assertiveness.

    What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

    We were using this software to help our analytics

  • Walter L.

    Walter L.


    Review source: Organic
    Review source: Organic
    Not ratedMay 23, 2020

    "Excellent Product-Quality-Scalability-Support => Trust"

    What do you like best?

    It is a robust, scalable and priced solution that makes it clearly an option for our customers.

    What do you dislike?

    We have no disagreement, thanks to the level of development and quality with which LINBIT develops its products.

    What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

    High and very good ROI with a great TCO. I am convinced that it is an excellent alternative for LATAM clients.

  • JF

    James F.

    Review source: Organic
    Review source: Organic
    Not ratedNov 17, 2020

    "Simple, robust distributed storage for the cloud and on-premise"

    What do you like best?

    I find LINSTOR simple and easy to set up and use, and robust in day to day operations. I find that it "just works", and that latest versions of the software are really a kind of "set and forget" system - you really can just set it up and let it run, and there really isn't a lot else to know. Initial setup is a fairly big task, but I find that Linbit staff are extremely knowledgeable and helpful, and I have never had any hesitation in recommending them to clients and/or potential clients.

    What do you dislike?

    I find on Linux it gets confusing about which are the official drivers, and which are the ones provided with the Linux distribution. Mixing these can cause variable results, and the documentation sometimes required a bit of wading through to get to the point. A bit more in the way of quick start guides would be valuable. Feedback I get from clients is that the price is too high when compared to other products - for example when compared to the cost of subscriptions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, LINSTOR seems highly priced.

    Recommendations to others considering the product:

    New LINSTOR installations should not be taken lightly - they do need to be well planned, and do ensure you get the backup of a VAR or other partner that knows the product well. Once this is done, with Linbit behind you, it should be plain sailing.

    What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

    Redundancy and high availability of data - this for me has been the biggest use of LINSTOR - making data available on two separate nodes without the need for expensive SAN hardware or software stacks. It is highly capable when it comes to seemless data replication, especially within a local network environment, but has the capability to work well over a WAN link too!

  • AE

    Administrator in Higher Education

    Verified Current User
    Review source: Organic
    Verified Current User
    Review source: Organic
    Not ratedNov 16, 2020

    "Solid, fast storage for kubernetes."

    What do you like best?

    Solid, durable storage solution for kubernetes. We are currently using it as a persistent storage for our database backed web applications. Great, responsive customer support they have been beside us throughout our implementation.

    What do you dislike?

    No read write many storage option for kubernetes. But after working with solutions that offer this ability. The sacrifice of speed would not be worth this option.

    What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

    Fast, solid storage for kubernetes. We needed a solution for our on premise cluster that allowed for speed and durability for our mission critical web applications

  • Jithin p.

    Jithin p.

    Redhat ceritified engineer

    Review source: Invitation from G2
    Review source: Invitation from G2
    Not ratedNov 11, 2020

    "Best recovery platform"

    What do you like best?

    User interface where the new user can easily get into the application

    What do you dislike?

    Some of the features are hidden I mean the icon

    What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

    Basically we are using for disaster recovery