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Sistina Announces New Version of Logical Volume Manager in Linux Kernel for Robust, Flexible Volume Management.

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MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 9, 2002

Sistina LVM 2.0 introduces key high availability features and flexible

`device-mapper' kernel driver for increased performance and ease of

management

Sistina Software, the premier storage infrastructure software company delivering data-sharing solutions, today announced the availability of Logical Volume Manager (LVM) 2.0. This newest version of Sistina LVM, which provides increased performance and flexibility with the innovative device-mapper design, will be included as a standard component in the Linux 2.6 kernel. Currently, Sistina LVM 1.0 is the de facto volume manager distributed in the 2.4 kernel and used by tens of thousands of end-users worldwide.

Sistina LVM supports enterprise-level volume management of disk and disk subsystems by grouping arbitrary disks into volume groups, which can then be accessed as regular block devices. LVM 2.0 is fully compatible with previous standard LVM versions while providing important high availability features such as transactional replicated metadata. In order to ensure uninterrupted access to the storage, continual availability of the key metadata is an essential component for enterprise users. Sistina LVM also provides ease of management for system administrators and end-users by allowing them to upgrade systems, remove failing disks, reorganize workloads, and adapt to changing system needs through a minimum amount of time and effort.

"Sistina LVM is essential to successful SAN deployment, and overall, for uptime in an environment where storage is dynamic and rapidly growing," said Gudbjorn Hreinsson, technical director for Iceland Telecom. "I have not found any other better solution providing volume management for my Linux environment."

LVM 2.0 Highlights

The newest version of Sistina LVM supports many enhanced features for increased performance and flexibility including:
-- Transactional metadata updates ensure integrity of key volume mapping data

-- User interface and metadata compatible with LVM 1.0 in order to support smooth migration to LVM 2.0

-- Robust Application Program Interface (API) available for use by other storage management applications

-- Device-mapper as the standard Linux mapping service in version 2.6 (soon available in Linux 2.4)

-- Cluster-ready architecture

-- Human readable metadata format eases configuration and maintenance

-- Cleaner integration with the Linux kernel


"Sistina is pleased to be able to share our software developments with the Linux community," stated Matthew O'Keefe, chief technology officer and founder of Sistina Software. "Sistina LVM is a major building block for the Linux OS because it allows Linux to be used in an enterprise server environment, reinforcing our commitment to providing enterprise-level software to the open-source community."

Sistina LVM has received widespread industry praise since first being released into the open-source community. In September 2002, Sistina LVM was honored with a Linux Journal Editor's Choice award for the "Best Backup" software solution. Sistina LVM also received the Enterprise Achievement Award from the Open Source Development Lab at LinuxWorld in August 2001.

The Sistina LVM 2.0 beta is currently available from Sistina's website. For more information about Sistina LVM, or to download the product, visit www.sistina.com/products_lvm.htm.

About Sistina Software

Sistina, the premier storage infrastructure software company, delivers data-sharing solutions for enterprise and technical computing customers. Based on Sistina's file system and volume management software, Sistina provides customers such as InfoSpace, NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center and Fermilab, with high performance, scalable, robust storage solutions. Sistina supports multiple server, OS, storage and networking technologies enabling customers to manage low-TCO, highly integrated environments. Sistina's technology is ideally suited for customers deploying large database, file-serving, scientific and web applications. For additional information, visit www.sistina.com.
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