Webinar: Award winning scale-up and scale-out storage for Xen

The Gluster Virtual Storage Appliance for Xen won the award for Accelerating Cloud Adoption at the recent Citrix Synergy conference. Join Tom Trainer, Director of Product Marketing at Gluster, as he gives an overview of the features and capabilities of this new product and hear how Gluster provides scale-out and scale-up storage for Xen based virtual environments. We will finish the end of the webcast with a live Q&A session to answer any questions you may have.

When: June 3, 2011 – 10:00 PDT/13:00 EDT/17:00 UTC

Register here.

Gluster Wins “Best of Show” at Citrix Synergy SF 2011

Everyone likes to receive awards and positive recognition. But when you win not one but two awards – one of them a “best of show” award – at a prestigious industry event, you can’t help but be thrilled and feel like you’ve hit the big time.

Gluster has been awarded Best of Show for the Gluster Virtual Storage Appliance for Xen at the Citrix Synergy™ Conference this week. Described as a “superior horizontally scalable storage solution for the cloud,” the Gluster Virtual Storage Appliance also received the Best Partner Solution for Accelerating Cloud Action award. (Holy long award names, Batman)

Now, we already believe our solution is great. You can’t fake this kind of commitment: If we weren’t confident in the value we can bring to people, we couldn’t innovate or work as hard and enthusiastically as we do. The awards are a tribute to our employees’ passion and dedication. Awards spur us to push even harder, to want to do even more to keep delivering what organizations and our loyal community members need. The need for scalable storage solutions will only grow as more companies move to the cloud computing model and as the challenge of managing gigantic amounts of unstructured data worsens.

Gluster Virtual Storage Appliance for Xen is one of the results of our technological innovation and passion. Specifically designed for Xen environments, the Gluster Virtual Storage Appliance for Xen linearly scales availability, performance and capacity to multiple petabytes. It can be deployed on almost any commodity compute and storage hardware supported by the Xen hypervisor, treating both application data and virtual machine images as files and folders.

We’ll be hosting a free webinar this week to provide more specifics on the Gluster Virtual Storage Appliance for Xen. The webinar will be this Friday, June 3, at 10 am PT / 1 pm ET and will feature Tom Trainer, our director of product marketing. If you’re interested in attending, please register here.

Gluster Wins Best of Show at Citrix Synergy 2011

Innovative cloud storage solutions provider takes home top award and is also honored as Best Partner Solution for Accelerating Cloud Action; hosting free webinar to provide specifics on integration with Citrix

Sunnyvale, Calif. – May 31, 2011 – – Gluster, the leading provider of scale-out, open source storage solutions for private and public clouds, has been awarded Best of Show for the Gluster Virtual Storage Appliance for Xen at the Citrix Synergy™ Conference. The Gluster Virtual Storage Appliance also received the Best Partner Solution for Accelerating Cloud Action award. The Best of Synergy awards spotlight the most powerful and exciting solutions in cloud and virtualization technologies, and the Best of Show award is given to the best overall solution showcased at the conference.

Gluster will also host a free webinar this week to provide more specifics on the Gluster Virtual Storage Appliance for Xen. The webinar will be Friday, June 3, at 1 p.m. ET and will feature Tom Trainer, Gluster’s Director of Product Marketing. To register to attend, visit http://www2.gluster.com/webinars/xen-virtual-appliance.

Gluster’s software-only storage solutions give enterprises the ability to treat physical storage as a virtualized, standardized and scale-on-demand pool in much the same way they treat computing resources today, radically improving storage economics in the process. Freeing enterprises from the constraints of current storage architectures, Gluster enables IT organizations to create scalable, high performance, and highly available storage either in the public cloud or on their choice of commodity hardware within the data center.

Gluster Virtual Storage Appliance for Xen is specifically designed for Xen® environments and linearly scales availability, performance and capacity to multiple petabytes. Gluster Virtual Storage Appliance for Xen can be deployed on almost any commodity compute and storage hardware supported by the Xen hypervisor, treating both application data and virtual machine images as files and folders.

“Being awarded Best of Show and Best Partner Solution for Accelerating Cloud Action is a great achievement for Gluster,” said Ben Golub, president and CEO of Gluster. “We are passionate and dedicated to providing next-generation storage solutions that advance cloud computing adoption, and we are thrilled to be recognized by Citrix for our efforts to help IT overcome the challenges that are a natural result of transitioning from traditional computing methods to the modern model.”

A panel of judges—executives from Citrix and IDG’s Computerworld magazine—selected the three category winners and Best of Synergy winner based on nominations, demos and input from attendee voting. The winners were recognized during the Synergy general session last week.

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

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.”

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

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.

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

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