Gluster Completes $8.5M Series B Round, Led by Index Ventures

Open source storage innovator completes new funding round as the demand for cloud and virtual machine storage increases

MILPITAS, Calif. – November 9, 2010 – Gluster, the leading provider of open source scale-out storage solutions, today announced it has closed an $8.5 million Series B round of funding led by Index Ventures with participation from the previous investor, Nexus Venture Partners. Gluster has been experiencing dramatic growth worldwide in sales, partnerships, and community adoption, driven by the move to cloud based architectures, the explosion in unstructured data, and the increasing virtualization of the data center. With this new investment round, Gluster will expand its sales, marketing and support teams and allocate additional resources to partner development.

Bernard Dalle, partner at Index Ventures and member of the Gluster board of directors, said, “There is a clear demand for a disruptive approach to storage that matches the trend towards lower cost solutions and greater manageability. The team at Gluster has proven their ability to meet this demand as evidenced by community deployments and revenues growing at a very fast pace. The company is racking up an impressive list of partners, product awards and reference customers.”

Multiple trends are driving Gluster’s growth across a wide range of industry segments including healthcare, legal, media and hosting providers: Unstructured data is growing by 60 percent per year, creating a need for vastly different storage economics; over 20 percent of all compute workloads are now virtualized, creating a need for vastly different shared storage architectures; and, the cloud is expected to account for 14 percent of all IT spending by 2014, creating a need for storage that works both on-premise and in the cloud.

Gluster addresses these needs with a scale-out, open source, software-only storage solution that enables enterprises to manage petabytes of file data in a single volume across multiple storage servers. Gluster can be deployed using both on-premise commodity hardware and public cloud storage, delivering excellent performance across a wide range of workloads, including those found in highly virtualized compute environments. As a result, Gluster gives enterprises the ability to treat physical storage as a virtualized, standardized, scale-on-demand pool in much the same way that they treat computing resources today, radically improving storage economics in the process.

“As the explosion in unstructured data continues, Gluster has demonstrated a unique capability to address challenges associated with managing massive amounts of data,” said Naren Gupta, co-founder of Nexus Venture Partners and member of the Gluster board of directors. “Storage is emerging as the Achilles heel for virtualizing the data center and the move to the cloud. Gluster provides a hardware-agnostic, easily scalable storage solution that eliminates this roadblock and helps companies take advantage of the cloud’s true benefits. We are very excited to partner with the Gluster team to help create the next standard in scale-out storage.”

“We are gratified by the level of interest Gluster has received from investors, customers, and the community, and we are thrilled by the opportunity that this funding round gives us to accelerate growth,” said [intlink id=”59″ type=”page”]Ben Golub[/intlink], president and CEO at Gluster. “We welcome the global reach and open-source expertise that Bernard and Index bring to the table, and are grateful to all of our investors for their confidence in our technology, team and the market’s tremendous growth potential.”

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About Index Ventures

Index Ventures is a leading venture capital firm active in technology, biotech and clean tech venture investing since 1996. The firm is dedicated to helping entrepreneurial teams in the Information Technology and Life Science sectors build their companies into market defining global leaders. The firm has offices in Geneva, London and Jersey and focuses on investments from seed through growth stage companies. Index’s current portfolio includes RightScale, Mimecast, Cloud.com, Optier and Dimdim. Exits of note include Betfair, Last.fm (CBS), MySQL (Sun), Playfish (Electronic Arts) and Skype. For more information, please visit www.indexventures.com.

About Nexus Venture Partners

Nexus Venture Partners is a team of successful entrepreneurs with extensive experience in working with companies from pre-revenue stage to public offerings and beyond. With offices in Mumbai, India and Menlo Park, CA, Nexus funds companies that leverage the Indian economy. Past and current companies associated with our team include Baazee (now eBay India), Cloud.com, DimDim, Eka Software, Gluster, Integrated Systems (NASDAQ: INTS), Komli Media, Netmagic Solutions, OLX, Prana Studios, Pubmatic, Speedera Networks (acquired by Akamai), Vdopia, WNS (NYSE: WNS), and a variety of other market leaders. Additional information is available at www.nexusvp.com.

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 is used by enterprises in a wide range of industries, including digital media delivery, healthcare, internet, energy, and biotech. Gluster is privately-held and headquartered in Milpitas, California.