Gluster to Demonstrate VMStor for VMware at VMworld Europe

Finalist in New Technology category at VMworld 2010 in San Francisco to showcase innovative open source storage platform with scale-out NAS capabilities in booth 106

MILPITAS, Calif. – October 5, 2010 – Gluster, the leading provider of open source storage solutions, today announced it will be demonstrating VMStor for VMware in booth #106 at VMworld Europe 2010, taking place October 12-14 in Copenhagen. VMStor initially supports VMware and significantly decreases the expense associated with storing virtual machines (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.

“The burden on storage is quickly increasing as more of the data center becomes virtualized,” said Jack O’Brien, vice president of marketing at Gluster. “VMStor addresses the concerns around storage for virtual machines by eliminating the requirement to use a traditional SAN based environment and offering a solution that can scale quickly and cost-effectively.”

VMStor benefits include:

  • Integration with VMware user interface (UI): VMStor integrates seamlessly with the VMware user interface, no new tools or custom interfaces are required.
  • VM-level snapshots: Snapshots are performed at the individual VM level for fine grained control. Snapshots are easily automated and can also be controlled through a cloud management software stack. Snapshot operations are performed by Gluster on the storage server, freeing up CPU cycles on VMware ESX machines. Restoring a VM to a prior state is performed by simply copying the desired snapshot to the VM folder and restarting the virtual machine.
  • Simple backup: Backup operations can be performed with one mouse click protecting your data in a remote location or in the cloud.
  • Familiar file system architecture: VMStor supports standard NFS, requiring no specialized training and making it simple and easy to use.

About Gluster Storage Platform

Gluster VMStor for VMware enables enterprises to seamlessly scale to multiple petabytes in a single volume across multiple storage servers. The global namespace provides a single mount-point that thousands of virtual machines can share, eliminating the need to provision individual LUN connections as is required with SAN architectures. With its “no-metadata server” architecture, Gluster provides the only commercial storage platform that removes this common source of I/O bottlenecks. This approach provides true parallel data access, ensures linear scalability and eliminates the risk of metadata server failure or corruption. Additionally, Gluster provides a cost-effective, open source software solution that runs on commodity hardware to meet enterprise requirements for data availability, ease of management and scalability.

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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 scale-out 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].