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GMO Internet Group Selects DRBD for Their Aisle 24/7 Hosting Solution

March 18, 2010 by  

Web Hosting ToolsBEAVERTON, OR – GMO Internet Group relies upon ThirdWare and LINBIT to deliver the technology necessary to provide redundancy and technical assurance to their customers for their “Aisle” hosting product. Data redundancy is an important aspect of the product, with a clearly defined goal to keep applications available to their customers 24/7/365. Many organizations have goals of 100% uptime for their applications, but few have the technology and knowledge-base of LINBIT to achieve such goals.

GMO looked at existing storage technologies such as SAN or NAS solutions, but found them to be lacking in performance, high in price and difficult to configure. After exhausting hardware solutions, they found DRBD. It not only fit their technical requirements, but in combination with LINBIT’s consulting services they were able to customize their storage far exceeding the specifications of alternative proprietary solutions. DRBD made perfect sense for “Aisle” hosting; enterprise level assurance, OSS engineering and 24/7 worldwide support backed by LINBIT.


GMO had to consider their primary applications: MySQL, Postgres, and Apache. To define their direction, GMO queried the community to find what they are using for their Linux-based replication needs. With DRBD’s reputation and recent acceptance into the Linux Kernel (2.6.33), LINBIT came with high recommendation from the experts. DRBD’s ease of use, absence of vendor lock-in, simple installation and upgrade path made GMO’s decision a simple one.

Phil Reisner, Chief Developer of DRBD states, “Hosting companies like GMO directly benefit from a relationship with LINBIT due to the fact that our software, experience and consulting packages deal precisely with the challenges they face. Building 24/7/365 reliable infrastructure with self-healing mechanisms is not something to be taken lightly. That is why you have DRBD, and LINBIT.”

About GMO Internet Group
GMO Internet Group, headquartered in Japan, is a leading force in the Internet industry offering one of the most comprehensive ranges of Internet services worldwide. The group holds top domestic market share in domain registration, web hosting, and payment processing and provides a host of other Internet services including global online security services, ecommerce solutions, and Internet advertising to both businesses and individuals. At the centre of the group is GMO Internet, Inc. a company listed on the prestigious first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE: 9449).

About ThirdWare
ThirdWare Inc., founded in February 1997, has been working on deployment and support of Linux-based server systems. The company specializes in email solutions and high availability. Its main products are “Z-Linux,” an original Linux system that can shorten recovery time dramatically when hard drives are corrupt, “Mihalinux,” a remote monitoring and maintenance support service, and “Z-Linux Mail Cluster,” a cluster server for various email services using heartbeat and DRBD built on Z-Linux, and more.

About LINBIT
LINBIT has led the way in high-availability since 2001, and continues to be the OSS market leader in business uptime, disaster recovery, and continuity solutions. Built on a solid base of Austrian software engineering and open-source technology, DRBD is the industry standard for high-availability (HA) and data redundancy for mission critical systems. DRBD enables disaster recovery and HA for virtually any application such as iSCSI, NFS, MySQL, Postgres, Oracle, Virtualization and more.

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