Why modern computing will kill traditional storage

The proprietary, monolithic approach to storage is at odds with the future of computing, whether you approach things from the perspective of technology, architecture, deployment models or economics.

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Enough data to fill a stack of DVDs to the moon (and back)

I believe that storage needs to change radically — in terms of technology, architecture, deployment, and — perhaps most importantly — economics.

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Citrix Synergy video: Tom Trainer Interviewed by VMblog

Here’s yet another video from Citrix Synergy interviewing Tom Trainer. Tom’s getting a bit too popular – pretty soon, he’ll be the one demanding green M & M’s in the dressing room:

Citrix Synergy 2011 – Gluster from VMblog on Vimeo.

Gluster Appoints Mike Backlund as Senior Vice President of Sales

Leading scale-out cloud storage provider names veteran sales executive to take advantage of market opportunities for innovative cloud storage solutions

Sunnyvale, Calif. – May 26, 2011 – Gluster, the leading provider of scale-out, open source storage solutions for private and public clouds, today announced Mike Backlund has joined the company as senior vice president of sales. As a seasoned sales veteran with over 24 years’ experience, Backlund brings significant expertise in scaling companies to become well-established businesses with significant revenues. At Gluster, Backlund will be responsible for driving both domestic and international sales.

“Mike will help Gluster fully capitalize on the demand for our commercial solutions, which continues to build as more enterprises seek out scalable storage solutions that can reliably support their cloud deployments,” said Ben Golub, president and CEO of Gluster. “At Gluster, we have the technical expertise and a radically better solution to solve some of the most pressing issues facing enterprise computing. With Mike’s strong sales leadership, we are well positioned to further leverage our substantial price and performance advantages in the market.”

Prior to joining Gluster, Backlund was senior vice president of worldwide sales at Baynote, Inc., a provider of personalization and digital marketing optimization solutions, where he grew revenue by 57 percent in 2009 and 75 percent in 2010. During his time at Baynote, Backlund also held the position of interim CEO. Previously, Backlund was CEO at Quorum Labs and built its sales organization, recruited initial partners, and productized and launched the company’s first solution. Throughout his long career, Backlund also held executive sales positions at open source pioneer SpikeSource as well as Computer Associates. As senior vice president of field operations at Interwoven, Backlund led the company from less than one million to over $200 million in annual revenue and a successful IPO.

“I have a lot of experiencing in taking companies to the next level by developing the organization’s sales division, consequently increasing revenue,” said Backlund. “The cloud is the new reality of the enterprise computing model, and I am eager to join a company that has such a strong solution for cloud storage and is addressing a huge pain point for businesses.”

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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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Gluster's Tom Trainer Interviewed at Citrix Synergy

This is a great interview of our own Tom Trainer, giving a lot of his background and expertise in the storage industry. We’re lucky to have Tom – learn more about him and Gluster:


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Breaking News: Gluster wins Best in Show at Citrix Synergy

We don’t have a link to the official announcement yet, but Gluster has won the award for “Best in Show” at Citrix Synergy in San Francisco. Until we get the official link, you’ll have to make do with our co-founders celebrating the victory:

Celebration at Gluster Headquarters

Webinar: What’s New in GlusterFS 3.2

Gluster recently announced a new version of GlusterFS, version 3.2, which includes new features that deliver major advancements to our highly available scale-out, open source storage solutions for public and private cloud environments. These new features provide additional replication capabilities, quota management, and advanced monitoring.

Join us for a free webinar this Wednesday, May 25 to discuss these new features with Dave Garnett, VP of Product Management. Dave will walk you through a brief overview of GlusterFS and then go into detail on the new features of  version 3.2. At the end of the webcast we’ll have ample time for live Q&A to answer any questions you may have.

Topic: What’s new in GlusterFS 3.2

Date: Wednesday, May 25

Time: 11 AM PT / 2 PM ET / 7 PM UK (London)

Speaker: Dave Garnett, Gluster, V.P. Product Management

Register now.

New features in GlusterFS 3.2 include:

  • Geo-Replication: providing continuous, asynchronous and incremental replication service from one site to another over local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and across the Internet. Only incremental changes are replicated, eliminating the need for snapshot-like copies of whole files or volumes. In addition, 3.2 features intelligent asynchronous replication in which GlusterFS tracks changes to the primary data and replicates in real time across a WAN. Changes are tracked and queued to ensure data stays synchronized regardless of latency or potential network interruptions.
  • Usage Quotas: with the ability to set quota on usage of disk space by directories or volumes. Storage administrators can control disk space utilization at the directory and/or volume levels with Gluster by setting limits to allocate disk space at any level in the volume and directory hierarchy. This is particularly useful in cloud deployments to facilitate the utility billing model.
  • Advanced Monitoring Tools: that provide familiar monitoring and statistics capabilities for I/O operations and performance statistics. Gluster Top presents the top 100 operations per server, providing visibility into the I/O workload pattern. Gluster Profile provides performance statistics over a user-defined time period for metrics including latency, number and type of calls, and amount of data read or written.

Please join us on May 25 for a webinar to get an overview of this release and learn how you can take advantage of Asynchronous Geo-Replication, Usage Quotas, and Advanced Monitoring Tools.

Best Regards,

Gluster Product Team

Gluster Named a Finalist for the 2011 Red Herring Top 100 North America

Sunnyvale, Calif. – May 23, 2011 – Gluster, the leading provider of scale-out, open source storage solutions for private and public clouds, announced today it has been selected as a Finalist for Red Herring’s Top 100 North America award, a prestigious list honoring the year’s most promising private technology ventures from the North American business region.

The Red Herring editorial team selected the most innovative companies from a pool of hundreds from across North America. The nominees are evaluated on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, technology innovation, quality of management, execution of strategy, and integration into their respective industries.

This unique assessment of potential is complemented by a review of the actual track record and standing of a company, which allows Red Herring to see past the “buzz” and make the list a valuable instrument for discovering and advocating the greatest business opportunities in the industry.

“This year was very rewarding,” said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. “The global economic situation has abated and there are many great companies producing really innovative and amazing products. We had a very difficult time narrowing the pool and selecting the finalists. Gluster shows great promise and therefore deserves to be among the Finalists. Now we’re faced with the difficult task of selecting the Top 100 winners of Red Herring North America. We know that the 2011 crop will grow into some amazing companies that are sure to make an impact.”

Finalists for the 2011 edition of the Red Herring 100 North America award are selected based upon their technological innovation, management strength, market size, investor record, customer acquisition, and financial health. During the several months leading up to the announcement, hundreds of companies in the telecommunications, security, Web 2.0, software, hardware, biotech, mobile and other industries completed their submissions to qualify for the award.

“Gluster is extremely honored to be named a Red Herring 100 North America finalist,” said Ben Golub, president and CEO at Gluster. “Over the past year we have achieved record growth and have dedicated ourselves to developing and releasing cloud storage solutions that are the best-suited to address the unique storage needs of highly dynamic public and private cloud environments.”

The Finalists are invited to present their winning strategies at the Red Herring North America Forum in Hollywood, Calif. from June 13-15, 2011. The Top 100 winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony on the evening of June 15.

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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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Mindshare PR for Gluster
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Danielle@mindsharepr.com

Why I've Learned to Love Unstructured Data Growth

I’m in my third week at Gluster as the VP of Marketing and I have been contemplating what to include in this first post and decided to start with my thoughts on the industry and why I joined Gluster. When I started thinking about the path that brought me to Gluster, I recognized a striking pattern in my professional career. Striking, because it parallels the industry trend of the importance of data, data growth and the increasing impact of unstructured data in the enterprise.

As I’ve been advancing in the industry, I’ve been working my way down the enterprise software stack:

  • Business intelligence (Business Objects)
  • Database software (MarkLogic)
  • Large-scale data storage and processing infrastructure of Hadoop (Cloudera)
  • Storage layer (Gluster)

It’s progressed from the end users of data, to how they build data-focused applications, to how they store and analyze data, and finally to the data storage itself. Data is the constant in this path, and the impact on the enterprise is increasing. As organizations have realized the value of unstructured data it has had a ripple effect up and down the infrastructure. This so-called “big data” revolution will continue for the foreseeable future.

This progression runs parallel to the developing market trends around data. Another interesting point is that Gluster is at the core of the infrastructure, but it very much enables applications in the cloud—yet another major trend. So, while Gluster is managing the fundamentals of enterprise data storage, it is also on the cutting-edge of driving the cloud model and changing how companies are storing data. Gluster is enabling the new deployment model, the last mile for applications and application data.

While Amazon and others out there are enabling the applications to run the cloud, Gluster is enabling data centers to move to the cloud, which of course is the first step. Gluster’s ability to replicate data within the cloud provides the needed business continuity assurance that cloud and data center users demand.

Gluster is leading-edge in enabling cloud storage with partnerships like those with Amazon, RightScale and others. It’s a terrific time to join the company, as the biggest market drivers are all shifting the storage market towards Gluster:

  • Companies storing more data than ever, thanks to the explosive growth of data AND data retention requirements.
  • The move to the cloud as a way to do computing.
  • Adoption of virtualization as a way to virtualize the data layer below. Applications have been virtualized for some time and continue to evolve that way, but the data layer needs to move in that same direction now, too.

It’s all moving in the direction of Gluster, and the acknowledgment of the opportunity that awaits has created palpable excitement among everyone in the company. We’re on the brink of achieving great things.

Open source is also the key to driving new technology development. At the infrastructure level there are a lot of established vendors, so new, open source companies can penetrate the market more quickly and in a much more highly leveraged way, because people have already been downloading and using the startup’s code. They can offer a commercial version by layering some value-added services on top of that, but the community is the core. It’s funny how open source has moved throughout the stack as well, contributing value and reaching all of the way down to the data layer. Gluster itself has a thriving, global community that’s downloaded GlusterFS software over 200,000 times.

My experience with open source communities and my observation of the enterprise software industry over the last 20 years has solidified my belief that open source is a great model to drive adoption, and it’s become a key to broad adoption of enterprise software. It really does ease the question for enterprises in terms of whether they should take on a new technology; open source helps with that a great deal.

I’m looking forward to my new position and the growth Gluster is going to achieve in the next few years as cloud storage moves to the forefront.

You can follow me on twitter on @marked_man

Building A Sustainable Cloud (And More Predictions)

I thought that the cloud was supposed to be about the aggregation of thousands of low-cost servers and disk drives, integrated together with a web services layer and a robust object store, all accessed as a pay-as-you-go service. Wasn’t that how cloud service providers were supposed to make money–by using commodity components with their own “secret sauce” software on top? High-cost legacy infrastructure products are not congruent with building a long-term sustainable cloud.

Gluster Appoints John Kreisa as VP of Marketing

Leading scale-out cloud storage provider hires open source and enterprise software veteran to expand marketing and community initiatives

Sunnyvale, Calif. – May 10, 2011 – Gluster, the leading provider of scale-out, open source storage solutions for public and private clouds, today announced John Kreisa as the company’s new vice president of marketing. As a seasoned enterprise software marketing executive with an extensive background in the open source community, Kreisa brings more than 20 years of experience in building and leading teams in high-growth organizations like Cloudera, MarkLogic and Business Objects. Kreisa will be responsible for overseeing the company’s overall marketing initiatives, corporate communications, direct marketing and open source community.

“Gluster continues to accelerate its commercial market growth and also has an extremely active community that is invaluable in terms of its insight and support. John is ideal for our team, as he combines a strong understanding of open source communities and big data with equally deep expertise in the commercial realm,” said Ben Golub, president and CEO of Gluster. “His involvement will be extremely valuable in helping Gluster further educate the market, expand our industry involvement, and help us successfully grow our business.”

Kreisa joins Gluster having previously worked at Cloudera, the leading provider of Hadoop-based software and services, where he was vice president of marketing. During his time there, Kreisa managed all corporate marketing activity including communications, social media and product marketing, and managed an aggressive community outreach program through user group sponsorship, community events and speaking activity. He also organized the company’s largest community-focused event, Hadoop World 2010, which doubled in attendance from the previous year. Prior to joining Cloudera, Kreisa worked at MarkLogic, an XML database provider, as director of product marketing and directory of industry solutions. Throughout his career, Kreisa has held various marketing roles at enterprise software companies including Verix, Inc., Business Objects and Autometric, Inc. He earned his bachelor of science degree in computer science from the University of Texas, Austin.

“This is a fantastic time to join Gluster as major market drivers including the explosion of data, the move to the cloud and the big data revolution are driving the need for a radically different approach to storage—one that Gluster is uniquely positioned to deliver. Add that to Gluster’s loyal open source community, and you’ve got an incredible opportunity to make a big impact on the industry,” said Kreisa. “I look forward to using my experience to expand Gluster’s presence and further develop its open source community.”

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:
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Mindshare PR for Gluster
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Danielle@mindsharepr.com

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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Media Contact:
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Mindshare PR for Gluster
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