February 16, 2009 15:19 ET

LINBIT Simplifies Linux Clustering With DRBD Management Console

BEAVERTON, OR--(Marketwire - February 16, 2009) - Over 1,000 people per day download DRBD from In order to streamline DRBD's integration and installation for its user base, LINBIT has developed a new graphical user interface. The DRBD Management Console (DRBD MC) is now available for free download, just like DRBD.

The Java-based Management Console facilitates the installation of DRBD and improves usability during operation. The GUI not only provides installation but also a full overview of the cluster status. "The DRBD Management Console is a great benefit for administrators who usually call on experts to install an HA cluster. The graphical user interface (GUI) displays also complex interrelations in a more transparent way. Thus, administrators, who are not only responsible for HA, but in charge of numerous other additional tasks, familiarize themselves very quickly with the system in case of any troubles," explains Philipp Reisner, CTO of LINBIT.

For those who aim for a more advanced understanding of their DRBD/Heartbeat cluster, the Management Console offers a dedicated text console, which displays the detailed CLI commands. "The DRBD Management Console simplifies the installation and administration of DRBD/Heartbeat clusters. However, the administrator should have a good knowledge of Linux and the cluster architecture. With DRBD MC, a cluster is easier to install, but the tool alone does not guarantee that the cluster is failsafe in emergency situations," emphasizes Reisner. Companies that want to be on the safe side thus rely on support agreements offered by LINBIT. For details, please visit

DRBD Management Console - Notable Features

--  Complete GUI based installation and update of DRBD/Heartbeat
--  Multi-platform: Will run on Windows, MacOSX, Linux, etc.
--  Wizard based configuration of Heartbeat
--  Create and edit DRBD resources
--  Graphical representation of DRBD and Heartbeat status
--  Text console for all CLI commands
--  Context "action" menus for cluster resources
--  WYSIWYG interface

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LINBIT specializes in delivering high-availability systems for business critical applications and proudly sponsors Open Source Software developers of DRBD; Philipp Reisner and Lars G. Ellenberg. Since 2001, DRBD has been the premiere Open Source High Availability solution.

Contact Information

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    Beaverton, OR 97008
    Telephone: 1-877-4-LINBIT / 1-877-454-6248