Gluster Announces Beta Availability of GlusterFS 3.3

Delivers First Software-Only Unified File and Object Storage Technology

Sunnyvale, Calif. – July 20, 2011 – Gluster, the leading provider of scale-out, open source storage solutions, today announced the beta release of GlusterFS 3.3. This latest version of Gluster’s innovative file system provides a system for data storage that enables users to access the same data as an object and as a file, simplifying management and controlling storage costs. Available on-premise, for virtual machines, and in public and private cloud environments, Gluster’s software-only storage technology delivers the first true unified file and object data storage. Users can now have simultaneous access to data as a file and as an object, delivering the benefits of both.

“Enterprises are increasingly looking for a storage solution that can accelerate their adoption of the cloud and many have been hesitant because of the lack of storage technologies enabling them to do this,” said Deni Connor, founder, Storage Strategies NOW. “Gluster is continuing to innovate and raise the competitive bar as they release new capabilities within their file system. GlusterFS 3.3, with unified file and object storage technology, is key to enterprise customer’s ability to adopt and deploy cloud storage solutions.”

GlusterFS 3.3 allows users to access data as objects from an Amazon S3 compatible interface and access files from a NAS interface including NFS and CIFS. In addition to decreasing cost and making it faster and easier to access object data, GlusterFS also delivers massive scalability, high availability and replication of object storage. For infrastructure as a service offerings, GlusterFS 3.3 enables organizations to build their own Amazon-like storage offering for their customers. Enterprises can use GlusterFS to accelerate the process of preparing applications for the cloud, simplify new application development for cloud computing environments, and backup from data center unified file and object to Amazon Web Services (AWS) or within the private cloud.

“Traditional object storage technologies have not been widely deployed because their approach has not integrated well with legacy applications – leaving 95 percent of those applications unable to easily migrate to the cloud. Additionally, NAS has been unable to scale across the Internet to the public cloud. GlusterFS 3.3 takes a unified approach via full integration of file and object storage within the file system,” said AB Periasamy, co-founder and CTO of Gluster. “We are the first to solve both the NAS scaling and legacy application integration with object storage problems. We listen carefully to our customers and community and we are excited to deliver this next step of unified storage technology for virtual and cloud environments.”

Infrastructure service providers can use GlusterFS 3.3 to offer access to both file and object storage, and enterprises will be able to use this latest release to ease the migration of legacy, file-based applications to object storage for use in the cloud. In both public and private clouds, Gluster enables enterprises to scale on demand to petabytes of capacity and GB/s of throughput on commodity physical and cloud hardware, yielding unrivalled economics in the process. Gluster also enables enterprises to scale out availability on-demand, enabling both Synchronous N-way replication within the data center and across high-speed links, and Asynchronous Geo-Replication between data centers across WANs. For public clouds such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), GlusterFS is packaged in an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) for deployment in the AWS cloud. The Gluster AMI is the only way to deploy high-availability storage within AWS and deliver predictable high performance during rapidly changing and demanding workloads. For private clouds, the Gluster Virtual Storage Appliances integrate GlusterFS into a virtual machine for deployment on popular hypervisor environments such as Red Hat KVM, VMware ESX and Citrix Xen and run on the enterprise’s choice of certified hardware platforms.

Product Availability
Version 3.3 of GlusterFS is currently in beta and is available as of July 20, 2011. To participate in the public beta simply download the software here http://bit.ly/33beta. To sign up as an official beta site, contact glusterfs3.3beta@gluster.com or info@gluster.com

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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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Media Contact:
Danielle Tarp
Mindshare PR for Gluster
650-947-7405
Danielle@mindsharepr.com

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