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Enterprise Volume Management System

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Final release
2.5.5 / February 26, 2006; 18 years ago (2006-02-26)
Written inC
Operating systemLinux kernel
TypeVolume management
LicenseGNU General Public License

Enterprise Volume Management System (EVMS) was a flexible, integrated volume management software used to manage storage systems under Linux.

Its features include:

EVMS is licensed under the GNU General Public License version 2 or later. EVMS is supported now in some Linux distributions, among others it is now (2008) SUSE, Debian and Gentoo

LVM vs EVMS[edit]

For a while, both LVM and EVMS were competing for inclusion in the mainline kernel. EVMS had more features and better userland tools, but the internals of LVM were more attractive to kernel developers, so in the end LVM won the battle for inclusion. In response, the EVMS team decided to concentrate on porting the EVMS userland tools to work with the LVM kernelspace.[1]

Sometime after the release of version 2.5.5 on February 26, 2006, IBM discontinued development of the project. There have been no further releases. In 2008 Novell announced that the company would be moving from EVMS to LVM in future editions of their SUSE products, while continuing to fully support customers using EVMS.


  1. ^ "EVMS changes direction". LWN.net. 2002-11-06.

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