LINBIT participates in the German Cloud (“Deutsche Wolke”)

Deutsche Wolke, Logo

Deutsche Wolke (“German Cloud”) was founded to establish Federal Cloud Infrastructure in Germany.

This infrastructure will provide additional legal and security protections for hosted data.  No longer will small businesses be exposed to the legal risk of losing their website presence without a trial (an unfortunate reality when doing business on transatlantic clouds).

The natural partner for backend storage infrastructure is LINBIT; as authors and maintainers of DRBD, we are best suited to provide the technical expertise to achieve High Availability.  Also, DRBD Proxy is the obvious choice for off-site or disaster recovery replication (from the office into the cloud).

We at LINBIT look forward to seeing this project grow and prosper!

Monitoring: better safe than sorry…

Stumbling upon the Holy time-travellin’ DRBD, batman! blog post there’s only one thing to be said …

Be strict in what you emit, liberal in what you accept1

is simply not true when dealing with mission-critical systems.

It’s ok to be alerted on upgrading a machine because the “old, working” RegEx that did the parsing doesn’t match anymore2; it’s not a problem to get an email when someone adds the 100th DRBD resource and causes the grep to fail; and so on. Continue reading

Editing the Pacemaker configuration with VIM

For people using the VIM editor I’ve got two small tips when editing Pacemaker configurations:

Use syntax highlight. This helps to see unmatched quote characters easily. Whether it’s too colorful can be discussed, though ;)
A current version can be found here, and the mailing list post is here.

For correlating resource names I recommend the Mark plugin. Continue reading