Gluster Announces General Availability of Version 3.1 of Scale-Out NAS Platform

Provider of innovative open source storage platform unveils new elastic scaling capabilities for virtual storage in cloud and on-premise environments

MILPITAS, Calif. – October 12, 2010 – Gluster, the leading provider of open source storage solutions, today announced the general availability of Gluster Storage Platform 3.1, with new capabilities to enable improved elastic volume management and automation. The new release is suited for the needs of dynamic cloud and data environments, allowing data to elastically grow, shrink or migrate across the physical machines in a cluster without any downtime or service interruptions. Storage volume configuration changes can be made on-the-fly for real time response to changing workload or performance tuning. Gluster Storage Platform 3.1 is available under the GNU Affero General Public License.

“What Gluster Storage Platform does incredibly well is provide an easy to use, cost effective and efficient storage platform that addresses the needs of data centers today and is also architected to grow with them as their networks and needs evolve,” said [intlink id=”59″ type=”page”]Anand Babu (AB) Periasamy[/intlink], co-founder and CTO of Gluster. “The new capabilities in Gluster Storage Platform allow us to better address the dynamic storage requirements of modern cloud and data center environments.”

Gluster Storage Platform 3.1 benefits include:

  • Elastic Volume Management: logical storage volumes are decoupled from physical hardware, allowing administrators to grow, shrink and migrate storage volumes without any application downtime. As storage is added, storage volumes are automatically rebalanced across the cluster making it always available online regardless of changes to the underlying hardware.
  • New Gluster Console Manager: the Command Line Interface (CLI), Application Programming Interface (API) and shell are merged into a single powerful interface, enabling automation by giving the CLI higher level API’s and scripting capabilities. Languages such as Python, Ruby or PHP can be used to script a series of commands that are invoked through the command line. This new tool requires no new APIs and is able to script out and rapidly automate any information inserted in the CLI allowing cloud administrators the ability to simply automate large scale operations.
  • Native Network File System (NFS): including a native NFS v3 module which allows storage servers to communicate natively with NFS clients directly to any storage server in the cluster and simultaneously communicates NFS and the Gluster protocol. NFS requires no specialized training, making it simple and easy to deploy.

Gluster 3.1 continues to offer high availability with file replication – allowing servers to survive hardware failures and self-healing to ensure virtual machines (VMs) are always on. With Gluster Storage Platform, data access is scaled horizontally across multiple storage nodes with automatic I/O scheduling and load balancing. Gluster combines open source software with commodity hardware for compelling cost savings.

About Gluster Storage Platform

Gluster Storage Platform 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 Storage Platform 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.

Product Availability & Pricing

Gluster Storage Platform 3.1 is now available. For more information, go to [intlink id=”882″ type=”page”]http://gluster.com/products/[/intlink].

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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].