EVMS: A Common Framework for Volume Management

The Enterprise Volume Management System (EVMS) brings a new model of volume management to Linux. EVMS integrates all aspects of volume management into a single cohesive package. By introducing a new pluggable architecture, EVMS provides extendibility while ensuring consistency and cooperation across multiple volume management schemes.

EVMS consists of two main components, the Runtime, which resides in the kernel and handles discovery and I/O functions, and the Engine, which resides in User Space and handles setup and configuration. Packaged with the Engine are three user interfaces, a GTK based GUI, a command line interpreter, and an ncurses based interface.

EVMS borrows from the existing Linux volume management technologies, combining them into a single easy to use package. Imagine being able partition your disk, create mirrors and raid devices, define volume groups and logical volumes, all from one integrated, easy to use interface. With EVMS you can do this and more.

EVMS provides immediate benefit to system administrators who wish to get a handle on their storage configurations, as well as less technical users who have not memorized all of the various commands and config files. No more scanning through raidtab files or issuing multiple LVM commands just to find out how a system is configured. Just bring up the EVMS GUI and have all of this information at your fingertips. Not only can you see what disks or partitions make up which volumes, but you can also see if these volumes are formatted or mounted.

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