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Software RAID (md)

Todays IT-environments are often high complex and sometimes there are lower hardware ressources by implementation of inexpensive solutions. In any case availability of data and application is most important. To meet the requirements solutions are needed that implement high availabilty concepts for critical business aplications and enable data consistence.

With LifeKeeper for Linux there is a solution that combines the functionality of high availability with the different options for data redundancy.

By using Linux „md“ different Software RAID Level can be built that save data by data replication. With LifeKeeper for Linux Software RAID (md) ARK LifeKeeper protected applications can be implemented in conzepts that support data redundancy, Data Replication via SAN and simple storage management.

Software RAID
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Key Features

  • Support for IA32, IA64, AMD64 and IBM Power™ Server and a variety of storage platforms
  • support Linux Enterprise Distributions of Novell/SuSE and Redhat
  • support for RAID Level 0, 1 and 10
  • supports active/active and active/standby configurations
  • no special requirements for storage configuration


  • SAN-based Data Replication only if hardware mirror is not practicable
  • Data can lie on shared-SCSI, single-path or multi-path FC SAN or on replicated volumes in LAN or WAN
  • cannot be implemented as an independent Recovery Kit, it depends on other LifeKeeper ressources
  • Recovery Kit installs two new types of ressources – md and mdcomponent
  • configuration of devices and disks via md0 file system as a virtual device


  • SteelEye Competence and Support Center, 7 x 24h support.
  • Response time of less than 2 hours for business critical cases.
  • Included software maintenance.

Professional Services

  • Business Continuity Assessment
  • Business Continuity Design
  • LifeKeeper Configuration Validation
  • LifeKeeper Installation
  • LifeKeeper Training

additional information

       LifeKeeper for Software RAID


For help and information for the selected solution contact our partner.

Open Minds High Availability Solutions
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UK-B761AL Birmingham

CC Computersysteme und Kommunikationstechnik GmbH
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D - 01219 Dresden