Gluster Named Top 50 Startup at TiECon 2011

Sunnyvale, Calif. – May 9, 2011 – Gluster, the leading provider of scale-out, open source storage solutions for public and private clouds, today announced that it has been chosen as a winner of the TiE50 Award. This year, the TiE50 program screened 1,619 high quality companies worldwide, through a multi-tier screening and judging process. Gluster will be honored at TiEcon 2011, the world’s largest conference for entrepreneurs, with thousands of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, industry executives and thought leaders. TiEcon will be held May 13-14, 2011, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, Calif.

“Gluster was clearly ranked amongst the best of the breed by a team of 60 highly accomplished and experienced judges. These experts included globally recognized venture capitalists, CEO’s, academia, and serial entrepreneurs,” said Vish Mishra, chairman of TiEcon 2011 and president of TiE Silicon Valley. “Being recognized as a TiE50 winner is a true testament to their entrepreneurial spirit and world class caliber.”

“TiE50 companies this year again represented an extraordinary set of ideas, innovation, and business opportunities. Since its inception two years ago, 94 percent of TiE50 companies have been funded, attracting over $20 Billion in investments! Forty-two companies have already exited,” said Ram K. Reddy, chair of TiE50 2011.

“TiEcon’s platform and TiE’s global entrepreneurial network enabled us to draw the most entrepreneurial startups with breakthrough technologies, savvy market strategies, and incredible teams with palpable passion. We built upon the phenomenal success of the program in the past two years,” said Mateen Syed, co-chair TiE50 2010.

Gluster is a software-only, highly available, scalable, centrally managed storage pool for public and private cloud environments. Gluster supports the move to public, private and hybrid cloud environments with a wide range of automation integration with file and object storage. Gluster recently announced GlusterFS 3.2 which includes Continuous Data Replication which enables multi-site data protection for public and private clouds. Version 3.2 of Gluster is available for the full line of Gluster solutions, including those for public clouds (the Gluster AMI and Rightscale Template) and private clouds (the Virtual Storage Appliances for VMware, KVM, and Xen, and the recently announced Gluster Software Appliance). The open source version of GlusterFS 3.2 was also released to the community.

“Gluster is honored to be named a TiE50 award winner and recognized for its innovation in developing a software-only storage platform to overcome the challenges created by cloud computing adoption that simply cannot be addressed with traditional storage solutions,” said Ben Golub, president and CEO of Gluster. “Gluster is passionate about providing next-generation storage solutions that are cost-efficient but also deliver the capabilities companies require, like monitoring and management tools or Continuous Data Replication for multi-site data protection for public and private clouds.”

About Gluster
Gluster provides open source storage solutions for public and private clouds. Gluster solutions enable customers to scale performance, capacity and availability on-demand at a fraction of the cost of proprietary and monolithic storage solution. Over 140 customers have scaled Gluster in building-block fashion–from a few terabytes to multiple petabytes–to meet the most demanding capacity and performance needs. Gluster uses a unified global namespace to virtualize disk and memory resources into a single shared pool that is centrally managed. Our scalable virtual appliances address the needs of public and private clouds, traditional data centers, and shared storage for virtual server environments. Our open source community has downloaded and deployed hundreds of thousands of copies of GlusterFS. 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 Sunnyvale, California. Visit us at www.gluster.com.

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