Gluster Joins Calxeda Trailblazer Initiative

Innovative cloud storage provider commits to ecosystem dedicated to working with ARM server innovator to improve datacenter and server efficiency

Sunnyvale, Calif. – June 14, 2011 – Gluster, the leading provider of scale-out, open source storage solutions, today announced it is among the first companies to join the Calxeda Trailblazer Initiative, an industry ecosystem of companies dedicated to improving server and datacenter efficiency. Gluster was selected by Calxeda to be a Trailblazer, and as such, will be first to begin proof of concept testing this fall. For more information, please see the release on the launch of the Calxeda Trailblazer Initiative, issued today.

“As volumes of information increase daily, storage continues to be the holy grail. Gluster’s scale-out NAS approach for cloud and virtual machine environments combined with Calxeda’s scale-out architecture will be a formidable player in all things datacenter storage,” said Barry Evans, CEO, Calxeda. “Collaborating, as we will do with Gluster as an early member of Trailblazer, will enable our two companies to make the datacenter of the future real in the very near term.”

Trailblazer partners will work with Calxeda to accelerate adoption of hyper-efficient servers, creating a rich ecosystem that end users will benefit from by ultimately delivering full systems faster. Since its August 2010 launch, Calxeda has created significant industry interest in its ARM-based servers. With Trailblazer, Calxeda is reacting to demand from customers and partners to get its chips into servers and datacenters, the first step being partner access to early silicon for Proof of Concept testing, expected this Fall. The Calxeda Trailblazer program will comprise a wide variety of industry players, software developers, hardware companies and systems integrators, including Gluster.

“The trend towards low-power and hyper-efficient compute resources matches what we are seeing in the storage market,” said AB Periasamy, founder and CTO, Gluster. “Organizations want to reduce costs associated with compute and storage infrastructure while maximizing performance and we are pleased to be participating in the Calxeda Trailblazer program.”

As a Trailblazer, Calxeda will provide Gluster with early access to hardware, operating system software, tools, applications and joint sales and marketing. Gluster will also receive first updates on valuable benchmarking and technical information, all intended to help both companies – and the entire ecosystem – deliver complete systems to end users faster, improving datacenter efficiency. Powered by Calxeda’s high-performance, low-power ARM chips, these new servers and next generation data centers will help solve the energy consumption crisis, and will significantly increase efficiency and save money for users along the way.

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About Gluster Technology
Gluster’s software-only solutions let enterprises deploy storage the same way they deploy computing today–as a virtualized, commoditized, and scale-on-demand pool, radically improving storage economics. Combined with the customer’s choice of commodity computing and storage resources, Gluster can scale-out to petabytes of capacity and GB/s of throughput at a fraction of the cost of proprietary systems. Gluster ensures high availability with n-way replication both within and between public and private data centers. Gluster is deployable both on-premise (as a virtual appliance or bare-metal software appliance) and in public clouds such as Amazon Web Services. Gluster is the primary author and maintainer of the open-source GlusterFS software, which has been downloaded over 200,000 times.

About Gluster
Gluster is the leading provider of open source storage solutions for public, private and hybrid clouds. Over 150 enterprises worldwide have used Gluster in commercial deployments ranging from a few terabytes to multiple petabytes, across the most demanding applications in 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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