Gluster Joins Linux Foundation

Leading provider of open source storage solutions joins Linux Foundation to further support the development and growth of storage for Linux-based solutions

Sunnyvale, Calif. – July 13, 2011 – Gluster, the leading provider of scale-out, open source storage solutions, today announced it has joined the Linux Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and standardizing Linux by providing the resources and services needed for open source to compete with closed platforms. Founded in 2007, the Linux Foundation is committed to the development and growth of Linux and is supported by leading companies and developers from around the world..

“Gluster understands and supports how crucial Linux and open source offerings are to the success of many technologies like cloud computing, for instance,” said Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing and developer programs, The Linux Foundation. “ By joining the Linux Foundation, Gluster is helping to advance the role of Linux and open source software in the enterprise.”

Gluster provides users with open source storage solutions that deliver massively scalable storage for both public and private clouds. Running on commodity computing and storage resources, its open source software enables customers to scale performance, capacity, and availability on demand.

“Since the beginning I was dedicated to creating an open source storage solution and Gluster fully supports the open source development, unified resources and the extensive services provided by Linux,” said Anand Babu (AB) Periasamy, co-founder and CTO at Gluster. “We are pleased to be the newest member of the Linux Foundation, expanding our work with Linux and the open source communities.”

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

Gluster for Geeks: Monitoring GlusterFS Performance and Availability

This has been something we’ve had stirring in the pot for a while, and we’re really excited to be bringing it to you. We’ve heard quite a few bits of feedback that you’d like more information on ways to monitor the health and performance of GlusterFS. We have been listening, and we are putting together material to satiate this demand, beginning with this first webinar in the series on the subject of performance monitoring. Craig Carl has been generous enough to donate his time to the effort, and he will lead future episodes in the series involving even more tactics for getting more out of your GlusterFS deployments.

RSVP for the webinar here.

This webinar series is geared towards the sysadmin, storage engineer, or developer who had already deployed GlusterFS and is now looking to fine-tune and measure performance.

In this Gluster for Geeks technical webinar, Craig Carl, Senior Systems Engineer, will explain and demonstrate how to monitor your Gluster cluster for availability and performance.

Topics covered will include:
*what services and logs to watch
*how to run baseline performance testing
*how to use Ganglia for ongoing performance monitoring

Craig will demonstrate how to use Ganglia to collate performance data from across a Gluster cluster and present it in a usable format. We will spend a little time discussing why using averages and ignoring standard deviation can result in very misleading results.With time permitting we will demonstrate performance monitoring using Amazon CloudWatch and RightScale’s monitoring tools.

This will be a 90 minute webinar with the first hour dedicated to content and the last 30 minutes scheduled for Q&A.

RSVP for the webinar here.

Our First Meetup: GlusterFS Architecture Deep-dive

We had a very entertaining meetup at our headquarters here in Sunnyvale. AB Periasamy, our CTO, delivered over an hour’s worth of material focused on the inner-workings of GlusterFS to a standing-room only audience. Over 30 people attended, and no one left early – who knew distributed filesystems could be so much fun?

One of the hot topics of the evening was filesystems in user space, on account of our recent blog debate on the subject. Other topics included how GlusterFS achieves performance at scale, some discussion about GlusterFS’s elastic hashing algorithm, and information about the future roadmap. Below are the slides AB used:

Reducing the Pain of Cloud Storage – GoGrid and Gluster

Are you a go-grid customer?  Are you looking to simplify and automate cloud storage? We are happy to report that GoGrid customers can now easily and seamlessly create single storage pools that vastly simplify the management of storage in the GoGrid cloud offerings.   Cloud storage challenges (availability, scale, performance, management complexity) are well known.  Those challenges go away today with the availability of a server image that uniquely allows users to replicate their data thereby assuring high availability and scale out their storage on demand.

This is awesome value for GoGrid customers and we look forward to helping customers address the pain of cloud storage.  We’d love your feedback.  Come visit us for more information at exchange.gogrid.com and tell us what you think.

Gluster Partners with GoGrid to Provide Scalable NAS Cloud Storage

Innovative cloud storage solution now in beta and available on enterprise-leading cloud computing infrastructure to increase availability and performance and drastically simplify management of cloud storage

Sunnyvale, Calif. – July 7, 2011 – – Gluster, the leading provider of scale-out, open source storage solutions for private and public clouds, today announced it has partnered with GoGrid, a leading cloud infrastructure company, to provide its highly scalable NAS cloud storage technology within GoGrid’s cloud infrastructure. Starting today, GoGrid customers can use a beta version of Gluster’s software-only storage solutions via the Gluster GoGrid Sever Image, or Gluster GSI.

“Gluster’s storage technology is architected to meet the scalability and performance requirements of dynamic cloud environments and is complementary to GoGrid’s cloud infrastructure,” said Jeffrey Samuels, Chief Marketing Officer at GoGrid. “Our ability to enable businesses to deploy and begin managing existing or new applications in the cloud in near real time, coupled with Gluster’s capabilities, provide our customers with a comprehensive solution option for effectively managing storage in their cloud environment.”

Thousands of enterprises worldwide use Gluster’s software-only platform to aggregate storage resources in a unified high performance, highly available, standardized, virtualized, and centrally managed pool within one global namespace. The Gluster GSI packages the GlusterFS scale-out NAS file system in a GoGrid Server Image, enabling high performance, high availability and easily-managed shared storage in the GoGrid cloud infrastructure. The Gluster GSI is the only highly available scale-out file storage solution for GoGrid supporting asynchronous data replication with Gluster Geo-Replication and synchronous replication with Gluster N-way replication.

The Gluster GSI deploys in minutes on easily created GoGrid cloud server instances to form a clustered NAS fileserver within the GoGrid cloud. GoGrid customers now have the ability to rapidly deploy scale-out NAS cloud storage to petabytes of capacity that is POSIX compliant and requires no application program modifications for its use.

“The volume of unstructured data and the need for organizations to find an effective storage solution for cloud environments are on the rise,” said Lori Budin, Vice President Channels and Partnerships at Gluster. “GoGrid has shown great industry traction as a leading infrastructure as a service platform, and our partnership will allow customers to drastically improve storage economics in their cloud infrastructure. We are eagerly looking forward to exiting the beta period and the GSI being generally available later this summer.”

Supporting Resources
Follow Gluster on the web for the latest news and information at:

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

Michael Sheehan
Technology Evangelist for GoGrid
415-869-7446
michael@gogrid.com

Interview from Structure Conference

Tom Trainer was interviewed recently by Data Center Knowledge at GigaOm’s Structure Conference. The topic was “Gluster: Open Source Storage for the Cloud.” If you’re looking for a good introduction to what Gluster does, this is an excellent place to start.

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