Although Linux is used in several storage solutions, the native filesystems lack of modern features like deduplication or compression (compression extented attribute is present from some decade, but it’s implementions is still limited or missing).

Most storage solutions use other filesystem (like ZFS), or also other operating systems: FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenSolaris branches, or also Windows Server (like DataCore).

Now Permabit Technology Corporation announced the availability of its Albireo Virtual Data Optimizer (VDO) for Canonical’s Ubuntu Server.

VDO (Virtual Disk Optimizer) is a ready-to-run software package that delivers block-level deduplication, compression and thin provisioning capabilities to Linux. VDO operates inline at a 4 KB granularity, delivering the best possible balance of performance and data reduction rates. It leverages existing file systems, volume management and data protection to provide the fastest route to market for delivering superior data reduction solutions in Linux storage environments.

VDO’s patented Deduplication Index, Virtual Block Store, HIOPS Compression™, and Optimizertechnologies are uniquely designed to work with HDD, flash, and Hybrid storage.

Permabit certified VDO with Ubuntu Server 14.04 LTS and has been qualified for use in OpenStack environments. In addition Permabit will deliver support for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS next quarter. VDO data reduction enables organizations to reduce their storage footprint, increasing data density, and avoiding costly data center expansions. Global 2000 customers in the telecom and financial sectors are using VDO to fit more data into their existing storage. VDO is available through Permabit’s network of integration partners.

And it’s not only limited to Ubuntu distribution but can be used also for Red Hat Enterprise servers.

Actually there are two different versions of VDO offered by Permabit:

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Virtualization & Cloud Architect. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. VMware VMTN Moderator and vExpert (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015). PernixPro 2014. Dell TechCenter Rockstar 2014. MVP 2014. Several certifications including: VCDX-DCV, VCP-DCV/DT/Cloud, VCAP-DCA/DCD/CIA/CID/DTA/DTD, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, CCA, NPP.