Dolphin and Linbit partner to capture database customers - and beyond
Providing Application Security, Scalability and High Performance to the Web market
September 12 2008 – Dolphin Interconnect Solutions and Linbit HA Solutions announced today that they have entered into a partnership. Targeting overlapping application markets, the companies will cooperate in marketing, sales and joint solutions giving each company an expanded reach and increased value proposition to its customers and prospects.
The partnership delivers immediate benefits to database users requiring high availability while maintaining low application latency and high throughput. Both companies' technologies are already a fixture among users of the web's most popular database, MySQL. In the MySQL ecosystem, Dolphin SuperSockets and LINBIT's DRBD are already widely deployed, separately, in MySQL Enterprise and MySQL Cluster database environments. The newly available combined solution, DRBD for Dolphin Express, now turns the MySQL/DRBD/Dolphin Express bundle into an extremely versatile database high availability powerhouse for the LAMP stack.
However, both companies acknowledge that the customer value of DRBD for Dolphin Express extends a long way beyond LAMP and MySQL -- and even beyond databases. The general-purpose shared-nothing storage replication solution, DRBD for Dolphin Express is equally well suited for highly available virtualization, streaming media content storage or email and collaboration services, to name but a few.
Linbit and Dolphin will leverage each other's sales channels to ensure that the broadest possible user base has access to this powerful solution. Further, both companies release their software under the GNU GPL open source software license to ensure maximum community participation and encourage quality feedback from community developers.
Tim Miller, CEO of Dolphin Interconnect Solutions comments that “We are impressed with Linbit’s success over the past years, specifically in relation to Sun/MySQL and we are very excited about the opportunities this partnership can drive. For many years MySQL users have benefited from LINBIT's replication technology and Dolphin’s interconnect technology. This joint partnership will now provide a unique solution of even greater value to what Sun has described as a$15B database market. This market represents a significant opportunity for us, and Dolphin is committed to continue innovative development focusing on the needs of MySQL, Oracle and other database users. Our partnership with Linbit fits right into this strategy. Beyond enterprise database and web applications, we have exciting plans together with Linbit to extend our reach to virtualization, large-scale data storage, and other fields.”
Under the tag line “Your way to high availability”, Linbit has established itself as a leader in high availability solutions through its core shared-nothing storage replication technology for the Linux platform, DRBD®. Since Linbit’s launch in 2001, they have built a reputation of cost effective, open source replication solutions, and today, DRBD has been adopted in thousands of application environments. This partnership provides an opportunity for new and existing DRBD customers to achieve the highest possible levels of performance with DRBD.
Gerhard Sternath, CEO of Linbit added that "Dolphin is a fantastic match for us. This partnership gives our customers the option of taking our existing software technology and combining it with Dolphin's high performance hardware offering." He goes on to say that Linbit has "always provided lightweight, cost-effective high availability to customers and community users alike. Now it's lightweight, cost-effective high availability with a punch. We have been extremely satisfied with Dolphin's technical competence in the past, and are excited to have this partnership take our cooperation to a new level."
Dolphin’s high performance interconnect solution, Dolphin Express, dramatically increases application performance in today’s demanding enterprise environments. Through a low latency, high bandwidth interconnect hardware combined with software optimized to minimize or eliminate the overhead in communication protocols like TCP/IP, Dolphin has increased throughput and lowered response time by as much as 10x compared to traditional approaches. When coupled with DRBD, Dolphin Express delivers significant improvements in transaction throughput and latency, thereby providing the best possible combination of performance, scalability and application security through replication for critical and demanding application environments.
For further information, please contact
Florian Haas, Linbit @ +43-1-8178292-60
Herman Paraison, Dolphin @ +1 214 960 9066
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