1.4. What makes EVMS so flexible?

There are numerous drivers in the Linux kernel, such as Device Mapper and MD (software RAID), that implement volume management schemes. EVMS is built on top of these drivers to provide one framework for combining and accessing the capabilities.

The EVMS Engine handles the creation, configuration, and management of volumes, segments, and disks. The EVMS Engine is a programmatic interface to the EVMS system. User interfaces and programs that use EVMS must go through the Engine.

EVMS provides the capacity for plug-in modules to the Engine that allow EVMS to perform specialized tasks without altering the core code. These plug-in modules allow EVMS to be more extensible and customizable than other volume management systems.