In This Edition of the Gluster Newsletter
- Gluster Wins Best of VMworld 2010 Award
- Gluster Goes to Copenhagen for VMworld Europe, Oct 12-14
- SlideShare: Gluster VMStor for VMware Presentation
- Forbes.com: Confessions of a Former Web 2.0 CEO
- Virtualization Review: VMworld Reflections
- SearchStorage.com: Virtualizing NAS
- Storage Switzerland: VMworld Briefing Note
- Check Out Who is Using Gluster
At VMworld San Francisco, Gluster VMStor for VMware took home the Best of VMworld 2010 Finalist award in the New Technology category. The panel of judges included a mix of industry experts, IT consultants and TechTarget editors. Entrants were scored on innovation, the value provided by the product, performance, reliability and ease of use.
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Overall VMworld San Francisco was such a great event that we have decided to participate in VMworld Europe, October 12-14, in Copenhagen. If you are attending the conference be sure to stop by booth #106. We’ll also be featuring a demo of VMStor. For more information about the conference visit www.vmworld.com.
This presentation outlines Gluster VMStor for VMware, a scalable NAS platform for virtual machine image storage. Features include VM-level snapshots, one-click backup, single mount point, integrates seamlessly with VMware vSphere, uses standard NFS, and more. See the links below for the overview presentation and a video presentation posted to SlideShare.
In this Forbes.com article Gluster’s CEO, Ben Golub, describes why he jumped from a Web 2.0 company to a data storage startup. He outlines the various trends in the market place, why he thinks enterprise storage is sexy and lastly he notes why it’s now possible to build an enterprise storage company that runs like a consumer startup.
In this Virtualization Review blog, Bruce Hoard reflects on VMworld as a great show that provides virtualization and cloud computing with a high-visibility forum it deserves. He also mentions a few vendors he was impressed with including Gluster, in his words, “seems to have a smart take on clustered storage”.
File-system virtualization (aggregation) is one way of virtualizing file access. At a high level, file-system virtualization accumulates individual file systems into a pool that’s accessed by clients as a single unit. In other words, clients see a single large namespace without being aware of the underlying file stores. The underlying file store could be a single NAS, or a mesh of various file servers and NAS systems. File-system virtualization products address two main problems: They give users a single virtual file store; and they offer storage management capabilities such as nondisruptive data migration and file-path persistency while files are moved between different physical file stores.
Eric Slack, a senior analyst with Storage Switzerland gives his take on Gluster and how its business model appeals to the channel. Gluster is making a strong push to engage storage VARS and has a strong product for the channel. Given the growth in unstructured data and the appeal of NAS solutions, there won’t be a shortage of interest by end users. In the server virtualization space, especially by the mid-market users Gluster is focused on, NAS is emerging as the platform of choice. Gluster provides a flexible solution that VARs can apply to a wide range of use cases, an important characteristic to be successful on a crowded VAR line card. Also, Gluster’s software format involves integration, drags hardware and allows VARs to build a solution, not just sell a box.
Take a moment to look through our Who is Using Gluster page. This page gives you an idea of the various types of companies using Gluster around the world. If you happen to be a Gluster user and have not yet contributed to our Who is Using page we’d love to hear how you are deploying Gluster in your environment. As a token of our appreciation for submitting your information we will send you a Gluster t-shirt.
The Gluster Team