Summertime Tech Bidding Wars, Part Deux

In 2009, we saw what we thought was a bit of an anomaly within the Information Technology industry: a multi-billion dollar summertime bidding war between two tech heavy-weights over a smaller technology company. EMC battled it out with Network Appliance over the acquisition of much smaller Data Domain which had cornered the market on data deduplication. This year, in a similar time frame, we are experiencing another summertime bidding war, this time between Hewlett Packard (HP) and Dell over utility storage provider 3PAR, Inc. In my opinion, we are starting to see a pattern emerge.

10GbE: Where Money Talks And Hype Walks

Nearly everyone agrees that the 10GbE adapter market will be big. The latest forecast from the Dell’Oro Group says the market will quadruple over the next four years, reaching about $800 million. It’s no wonder everyone from Broadcom to Mellanox wants a piece of the action. However, no company more than Emulex has tried to position itself as “the” 10GbE adapter company. The question is, has it worked? I don’t think so.

10GbE: Where Money Talks And Hype Walks

Nearly everyone agrees that the 10GbE adapter market will be big. The latest forecast from the Dell’Oro Group says the market will quadruple over the next four years, reaching about $800 million. It’s no wonder everyone from Broadcom to Mellanox wants a piece of the action. However, no company more than Emulex has tried to position itself as “the” 10GbE adapter company. The question is, has it worked? I don’t think so.

Gluster Introduces VMStor to Address Market Need for Scalable Virtual Machine Storage

Provider of innovative open source clustered storage platform to demonstrate capabilities of scale-out NAS in VMware environments at VMworld San Francisco

MILPITAS, Calif. – August 24, 2010 – Gluster, the leading provider of open source storage solutions, today announced VMStor, a new capability of Gluster storage which simplifies scalable NAS for virtual machine (VM) storage. Initially supporting VMware, the new VMStor capability significantly decreases the expense associated with storing VMs by eliminating the requirement to use a traditional storage area network (SAN) based environment which can be expensive to scale. Gluster VMStor scales to multiple petabytes and can store an unlimited number of VM images. Key capabilities such as VM-level snapshots and backup can be performed with a single mouse click or automated with existing tools and cloud management software. Gluster will be demonstrating VMStor in booth #440 at VMworld 2010, taking place August 30 – September 2 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

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Acquia Uses Gluster Storage For Drupal Gardens SaaS Offering

Acquia, the company behind commercial Drupal offerings, has selected Gluster open source storage platform for their hosting needs. Gluster storage platform offers an easy way to manage data on commodity servers within a single namespace. According to Krishnan Subramanian, this is the kind of storage solutions SaaS startups want to have as they offer good performance at a much lower cost. Being an open source platform is a plus because when a startup trusts their storage needs on a relatively smaller vendor, open source offers the kind of insurance that will ensure business continuity.

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Acquia Selects Gluster for Deploying Open Source Storage on Amazon Web Services

Commercial open source software company experiences high availability and scalable performance for Drupal website hosting with Gluster storage

MILPITAS, Calif. – August 18, 2010 – Gluster, the leading provider of open source storage solutions, today announced that Acquia, a commercial open source software company that provides products, services and technical support for the open source Drupal social publishing system, has deployed Gluster’s open source storage solutions for their Drupal website hosting offering running on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

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With 3Par Acquisition, Dell Shows They Are Serious About Storage

Over the past few years, Dell has taken carefully measured and calculated steps with its storage business, namely the acquisition of EqualLogic and the pumping up its engineering and sales organization to support greater storage sales. Now, Dell makes another smart move with the acquisition of 3Par, the 10 year-old enterprise storage provider that was first to deliver thin provisioning within high-end storage arrays, as well as developing abstracted storage virtualization techniques that allow rapid changes in storage configuration and RAID protection without the need to backup, or restore active data. There should be no remaining doubt that Dell is extremely serious about its storage business

LinuxInsider: Closing the Server-Storage Virtualization Gap

In this LinuxInsider article, Gluster CTO AB Periasamy discusses the current state of Linux virtualization and provides best practices, focused on storage, aimed at closing the server-storage virtualization gap.

Server virtualization technologies for Linux have advanced at a rapid pace of innovation with VMware (NYSE: VMW) and Citrix (Nasdaq: CTXS) (Xen) initially leading the way. They are now being joined by significant strategic investments by Red Hat (NYSE: RHT).

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EnterpriseStorageForum: Gluster Brings Open Source to Unstructured Data

In this EnterpriseStorageForum.com article Drew Robb discusses how Gluster is an open source startup that most people in storage have never heard of. Yet its value proposition could spell trouble for the big boys and potentially send the prices of proprietary hardware crashing down.

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Linux Magazine – Cool User File Systems: GlusterFS

Jeff Layton an Enterprise Technologist for HPC at Dell discusses reasons why he thinks GlusterFS is one of the coolest file systems in User Space.

[GlusterFS] has a very unique architecture that allows it to be configured for specific storage requirements and scenarios. It can be used as a high-performance parallel file system, or a cloud based file system, or even a simple NFS server. All of this in user-space. Could GlusterFS represent the future of file system development for Linux?

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