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The Logical Volume Manager (LVM) is a subsystem for online disk storage management which has become a de facto standard for storage management under Linux.
The Enterprise Volume Management System (EVMS) Project has the goal of providing unparalleled flexibility and extensibility in managing storage. It represents a new approach to logical volume management, as the architecture introduces a plug-in model that allows for easy expansion or customization of various levels of volume management.
The userspace portion of device mapper, a generic framework to map one block device into another with sector granularity. Device mapper forms the foundation of LVM2 and EVMS, software RAIDs, dm-crypt disk encryption, and offers additional features such as file-system snapshots.