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).

With over two million downloads, Drupal is used by web developers worldwide to build sophisticated community-driven websites. As a strategic member of the global Drupal community, Acquia helps accelerate Drupal usage by simplifying the deployment and management of Drupal websites. One of the key elements for Drupal is a scalable file system for users to upload and manage files, pictures, music, content, etc. Because of their growth and increasing storage needs, Acquia needed a file system that was easy to use and featured scalable performance and high availability, while being able to easily integrate within the Amazon environment – all of which Gluster provides.

“It was very difficult to find a network file system that would run in EC2 and allow us to share file data across all of our web servers,” said Barry Jaspan, senior architect at Acquia. “Gluster can do this, and provides the high availability and seamless integration with AWS we need across multiple web servers. The fact that it is an open source solution is also a major benefit for us, as it goes hand in hand with our mission of furthering open source and supporting open source companies.”

With Gluster, Acquia is now able to ensure files are available to users across all web servers with read/write access at any time, and with the use of file replication ensures data availability even in the event of hardware failure. Additionally, Gluster meets the Drupal requirement for a POSIX-compliant file system. Gluster uses the same operations as UNIX for multitenancy and file locking, and allows Acquia to dramatically save on storage costs due to its ability to run on public cloud infrastructure.

“Acquia is at the forefront of cloud adoption, demonstrating that innovative IT strategies can create new business models enabled by public cloud infrastructure and open source software,” said Ben Golub, CEO of Gluster. “Gluster helps them do this by providing an easy-to-use storage solution that ensures scalable data access at any time of day, allowing them to provide their users with great quality of service.”

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About Gluster

Gluster delivers an open storage software platform focused on simplifying the task of storing and managing the explosive growth of unstructured data. Our clustered storage platform runs on commodity hardware scaling out in building block fashion from a few terabytes to multiple petabytes to meet the most demanding capacity and performance needs at a fraction of the cost of traditional systems. Gluster Storage Platform uses a unified global namespace to virtualize disk and memory resources into a single shared pool that is centrally managed. Our scalable NAS solutions address the needs of traditional data centers, shared storage for virtual server environments, and both public and private storage clouds. Gluster Storage Platform is used in a wide range of industries including digital media delivery, healthcare, internet, energy, and biotech. Gluster is privately-held and headquartered in Milpitas, California. For more information please visit [intlink id=”877″ type=”page”]www.gluster.com[/intlink].

About Acquia

Acquia, the enterprise Guide to Drupal, helps organizations of all sizes build social publishing websites quickly, easily and with a lower total cost of ownership by leveraging Drupal, the open source social publishing platform that blends content and community. Our products, services and support enable companies to leverage the power, technical innovation and economic value of Drupal while simplifying the experience, removing the complexity and minimizing the risk. Please visit: www.acquia.com. Download Acquia Drupal, the completely free Drupal distribution, at www.acquia.com/downloads.