Gluster Virtual Storage Appliances Now Support KVM and Xen

Scale-out cloud storage provider announces multi-hypervisor support for its appliances designed for virtual machine and cloud environments

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – April 13, 2011 – Gluster, the leading provider of scale-out, open source storage solutions for public and private clouds, today announced Gluster Virtual Storage Appliances will now support KVM and Xen. Gluster Virtual Storage Appliances are specifically designed for public and private cloud and virtual machine (VM) environments. The appliances give enterprises the ability to treat physical storage as a virtualized, standardized, and scale-on-demand pool in much the same way that they treat computing resources today, radically improving storage economics in the process. With multi-hypervisor support, the Virtual Storage Appliance integrates GlusterFS into a virtual machine for deployment on any hypervisor or cloud platform.

“The popularity and rapid growth of the KVM and Xen communities over the years has been remarkable. In our discussions with our community and key partners, we recognized the crucial need KVM and Xen users have for scale-out cloud storage like our GlusterFS offering,” said AB Periasamy, co-founder and CTO of Gluster. “We are excited to announce this next step in our product roadmap and look forward to the opportunities it will provide. Many of our customers are already planning to extend the benefits they achieve with Gluster into a KVM or Xen environment.”

The Gluster Virtual Storage Appliances are:

  • Tailored for cloud and VM environments: The software-only appliances are decoupled from hardware and virtualize the underlying disk and memory resources in a unified global namespace, allowing for limitless scalability. With this feature, enterprises are able to deploy storage similar to virtual machines and eliminate the need for expensive physical monolithic storage systems.
  • Easy to deploy and scale: By scaling performance and capacity linearly, storage capacity is able to be added as required in only a few minutes without affecting performance.
  • Supportive of multiple hypervisors and workloads: This capability delivers excellent performance across a wide range of application workloads, including those found in highly virtualized environments.

Product Availability

Gluster Virtual Storage Appliances supporting KVM, VMware and Xen are now generally available. For more information, email sales@gluster.com.

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About Gluster Technology
Gluster Virtual Storage Appliances are specifically designed for public and private cloud environments. The appliances give enterprises the ability to treat physical storage as a virtualized, standardized, and scale-on-demand pool in much the same way that they treat computing resources today, radically improving storage economics in the process. The software-only Virtual Storage Appliance integrates GlusterFS into a VM for deployment on any VMware certified hardware or cloud platform. For AWS, GlusterFS is packaged in an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) for deployment on the AWS cloud. The appliances are fully functional Gluster storage servers that pool storage resources under a global namespace with elastic volume management for data growth and migration with no downtime.

About Gluster
Gluster provides open source storage solutions that deliver massively scalable storage for public and private clouds. Our open-source software runs on commodity computing and storage resources (either public or private clouds), enabling customers to scale performance, capacity, and availability on demand. Customers have scaled Gluster in building block fashion from a few terabytes to multiple petabytes to meet the most demanding capacity and performance needs at a fraction of the cost of traditional proprietary and monolithic systems. 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, shared storage for virtual server environments. Gluster is 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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Free 7-day Trial of Gluster on Amazon Web Services

We announced exciting news today for customers and community members who are interested in Public Cloud Storage.  Today, we announced that we will make up to 7 days of Amazon Web Services Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Elastic Block Storage (EBS) usage free to people who are interested in trying Gluster’s Amazon Machine Image (AMI).

The integration of Gluster and Amazon Web Services is truly exciting, because it enables users to create a multi-client shared storage pool in the cloud that can scale to  petabytes and  that delivers performance, flexibility,  and availability that rivals on-premise deployments.

How does it work?  Quite simply, Gluster’s AMI aggregates the computing and I/O power of multiple EC2 instances and the capacity of multiple EBS volumes into a single, centrally managed global namespace. Each EC2 instance of Gluster delivers ~ 50 MB/s of throughput and petabytes of capacity.  So, adding capacity is simply a matter of adding additional EBS volumes to the cluster—and there are no practical limits. Adding performance is simply a matter of deploying across more EC2 instances. As shown in the graph below, by the time you’ve grown to 8 EC2 instances, you can expect nearly 300 MB/s of write throughput and nearly 500 MB/s of write performance. And, there are no practical limits to how many EC2 instances you can put into your cluster.  Finally, your data can be replicated across multiple instances and multiple Amazon availability zones (which are geographically separate data centers with separate power, management, etc.).

Literally, in less than one hour, users can scale to hundreds of terabytes and hundreds of MB/s of throughout, with n-way replication across multiple Amazon availability zones.  Equally important, usage (and economics) can scale up or down as your needs require.  Furthermore, since Gluster is POSIX compliant, and supports standard NAS and NFS protocols, there is no need to rewrite your applications.

All that was needed was to make the process of trying as simple and risk-free as possible. Now, not only are your first 30 days of Gluster free (no matter how many EBS & EC2 instances you use), but your first 7 days from Amazon are free as well.

We really appreciate Amazon’s partnership and commitment. We’ve seen a real spike in deployments since we first launched, and the feedback has been amazing.

Follow this link for more details, or to sign up for your free trial and free AWS resources.

Gluster Amazon Machine Image Performance Chart

Iron Mountain Digital Steps Out Of Cloud Storage; Nirvanix Steps In

Well, it appears again that companies that are good at one thing won’t necessarily be good at trying other things. Iron Mountain Digital, the public cloud offshoot from Iron Mountain–the company that stores papers in caves and giant vaults and drives around in vans all the time–has collapsed.

Gluster Announces Free 7-Day Trial on Amazon Web Services

Leading provider of scale-out cloud storage offers a package of compute and storage for current and non-AWS users to try Gluster Virtual Storage Appliance for AWS

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – April 12, 2011 – Gluster, the leading provider of scale-out, open source storage solutions for public and private clouds, today announced it will provide a $100 AWS credit which enables users to test the Gluster Virtual Storage Appliance for Amazon Web Services (AWS) free for up to seven days. This trial entitles users to seven days free Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and storage resources including m1.large and Elastic Block Storage (EBS) along with Gluster Virtual Storage Appliance. Open to both current and non-users of AWS, the trial is a great way to try Gluster without having to allocate, dedicate or acquire any hardware to do so and is a great opportunity for those who have wanted to test AWS but have found themselves short on time or budget. Gluster offers the only high-availability storage for AWS EC2 – across availability zones and AWS regions. To sign up for the free trial please visit http://www.gluster.com/gluster-for-aws/.

“Many IT organizations are using AWS now, and there are many others who are thinking about it but may not have had the time, funds or opportunity to do so yet,” said Ben Golub, CEO at Gluster. “This trial enables organizations to test run their applications in the cloud and quickly realize the benefits of cloud computing without requiring a ton of resources.”

Key benefits of the free trial include:

  • Test drive Amazon Web Services EC2 and EBS
  • Experience the ease of deployment and performance of Gluster on AWS
  • Verify our guaranteed data high availability
  • Test the ability to aggregate multiple EBS Volumes
  • Gluster is POSIX compliant so there is no need to rewrite applications for the trial

“Amazon’s compute capabilities combined with Gluster’s scalable cloud storage solution offer a powerful combination that is crucial to successful cloud deployments,” said Lori Budin, Vice President, Channels and Partners at Gluster. “Our partnership with AWS delivers users the fastest path to highly available cloud storage and gives them a risk-free, affordable way to get their feet wet with cloud computing. Once users have the chance to try out both AWS and Gluster capabilities, we are confident they will want to consider a more permanent cloud solution for many of their more costly traditional data center solutions.”

The 7-day trial offer starts today and will run for a limited time. To get started with a free trial, register at http://www.gluster.com/gluster-for-aws/

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About Gluster Technology
Gluster Virtual Storage Appliances are specifically designed for public and private cloud environments. The appliances give enterprises the ability to treat physical storage as a virtualized, standardized, and scale-on-demand pool in much the same way that they treat computing resources today, radically improving storage economics in the process. The software-only Virtual Storage Appliance integrates GlusterFS into a VM for deployment on any VMware certified hardware or cloud platform. For AWS, GlusterFS is packaged in an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) for deployment on the AWS cloud. The appliances are fully functional Gluster storage servers that pool storage resources under a global namespace with elastic volume management for data growth and migration with no downtime.

About Gluster
Gluster provides open source storage solutions that deliver massively scalable storage for public and private clouds. Our open-source software runs on commodity computing and storage resources (either public or private clouds), enabling customers to scale performance, capacity, and availability on demand. Customers have scaled Gluster in building block fashion from a few terabytes to multiple petabytes to meet the most demanding capacity and performance needs at a fraction of the cost of traditional proprietary and monolithic systems. 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, shared storage for virtual server environments. Gluster is 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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Gluster to Share Best Practices of Cloud Storage at Bio-IT World

Cloud storage provider will showcase latest technology and educate bioinformatics companies on how to best manage research data in the cloud; industry cloud predictions for the next year

MILPITAS, Calif. – April 11, 2011 – Gluster, the leading provider of scale-out, open source storage solutions for public and private clouds, today announced its co-founder and chief technology officer, Anand Babu (AB) Periasamy, will be among the industry experts presenting in the cloud computing track during Bio-IT World. The event will take place April 12–14 at the World Trade Center in Boston. On Thursday, April 14 from 12:15 p.m. to 12:30 p.m., Periasamy will present “Scale-Out Storage for High Performance Bioinformatics in the Cloud.” Additionally, Gluster will be exhibiting in booth 429 with its newest partner, RightScale, and will be demonstrating its recently released Gluster Virtual Storage Appliances, the first scale-out NAS virtual appliances for VMware, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and RightScale environments.

During his session, Periasamy will discuss how Gluster and RightScale Cloud Management enable bioinformatics companies to focus on research—rather than IT—by leveraging the automation and massive scalability capabilities of the Amazon cloud. He will share best practices, recommendations and use cases on managing research data in the cloud.

Periasamy also will expand on his three major predictions for how cloud computing will affect the bioinformatics industry within the next year:

  1. As bioinformatics enterprises move into the cloud, cloud compute and cloud storage will solve the big data problem researchers have been struggling with for years.
  2. Leveraging cloud technology will greatly accelerate research results and will enable new drug discoveries and high-quality, targeted medical treatments.
  3. Cloud computing will decrease the total cost of medical, from research to patient treatment, and reduce time to treatment in both developed and undeveloped nations.

“The successful implementation of cloud storage is becoming the most pressing issue in enterprise IT environments across a variety of industries, and the infrastructure must be able to scale in order to manage the massive data growth,” said Periasamy. “By partnering with RightScale we are enabling bioinformatics companies to take advantage of the scalability the cloud offers and are simplifying deployment, management and monitoring of Gluster’s scale-out cloud storage technology.”

Prior to Gluster, Periasamy served as CTO at California Digital Corporation and, in 2004, led the development of the world’s second-fastest supercomputer, “Thunder,” for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Periasamy also serves on the board of “Free Software Foundation – India.”

For more information and to register for Bio-IT World, visit: http://www.bio-itworldexpo.com/.

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About Gluster Technology
Gluster Virtual Storage Appliances are specifically designed for public and private cloud environments. The appliances give enterprises the ability to treat physical storage as a virtualized, standardized, and scale-on-demand pool in much the same way that they treat computing resources today, radically improving storage economics in the process. The software-only Virtual Storage Appliance integrates GlusterFS into a VM for deployment on any VMware certified hardware or cloud platform. For AWS, GlusterFS is packaged in an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) for deployment on the AWS cloud. The appliances are fully functional Gluster storage servers that pool storage resources under a global namespace with elastic volume management for data growth and migration with no downtime.

About Gluster
Gluster provides open source storage solutions that deliver massively scalable storage for public and private clouds. Our open-source software runs on commodity computing and storage resources (either public or private clouds), enabling customers to scale performance, capacity, and availability on demand. Customers have scaled Gluster in building block fashion from a few terabytes to multiple petabytes to meet the most demanding capacity and performance needs at a fraction of the cost of traditional proprietary and monolithic systems. 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, shared storage for virtual server environments. Gluster is 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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Gluster Announces New Vice Presidents of Product Management and Channels and Partnerships

Leading scale-out cloud storage provider expands executive management team to address market demand for cloud storage solutions

MILPITAS, Calif. – April 11, 2011 – Gluster, the leading provider of scale-out, open source storage solutions for public and private clouds, today announced it has expanded its executive management team and hired Dave Garnett as the company’s new VP of Product Management and Lori Budin as VP of Channels and Partnerships. As an industry veteran in product management, Garnett brings more than 15 years of experience and will be responsible for ensuring that Gluster’s products continue to stay at the leading edge of the scale-out storage industry. Budin, a proven channel expert, will be responsible for providing the vision and direction for all channel activities at the company.

“Gluster is in a high-growth phase as we continue to grow our customer and partner base to capitalize on the dramatically increasing market need for cloud storage solutions,” said Ben Golub, president and CEO of Gluster. “We are extremely pleased with the new additions to our management team. Both Dave and Lori will be instrumental in achieving Gluster”s next level of growth and success.”

Garnett has a broad background in both technology startups and large, public companies. Most recently, he led Hewlett-Packard’s cloud and Software as a Service (SaaS) strategy, successfully transitioning legacy on-premise software to the cloud. Prior to HP, he was co-founder and VP of Product Management at Axcient, a data protection provider, where he architected the world’s first hybrid SaaS for data protection, application continuity and disaster recovery. Garnett began his career at Digital Data Storage and has held several executive positions with successful startups.

“Gluster has been extremely successful in driving products to market quickly and efficiently, and I look forward to continuing this trend,” said Garnett. “With the emergence of public and private cloud, it is an incredibly exciting time to be in the storage industry. I am glad to be joining a company like Gluster that provides its customers with highly scalable, easy-to-manage storage and whose products are at the forefront of innovation.”

Budin brings deep channel expertise, having held leadership positions at VeriSign, Proofpoint and IBM. Prior to joining Gluster, she was the CEO of Channel Fundamentals, a company she founded and led for six years, that helped organizations develop and implement profitable channel strategies, build high-performance channel programs and drive channel sales results for companies ranging from pre-IPO startups to market-leading corporations. Budin received her bachelor’s degree in English from Pennsylvania State University.

“Gluster has a rich history of tremendous adoption from customers and the community, and it’s a natural extension to bring these solutions to the channel,” said Budin. “I am excited to be leading this initiative, and to have the opportunity to help our channel partners differentiate themselves in their respective markets and grow this segment of the business.”

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About Gluster

Gluster provides open source storage solutions that deliver massively scalable storage for public and private clouds. Our open-source software runs on commodity computing and storage resources (either public or private clouds), enabling customers to scale performance, capacity, and availability on demand. Customers have scaled Gluster in building block fashion from a few terabytes to multiple petabytes to meet the most demanding capacity and performance needs at a fraction of the cost of traditional proprietary and monolithic systems. 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, shared storage for virtual server environments. Gluster is 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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Gluster Webinar to Reveal Fastest Path to Public and Private Cloud Storage

RightScale and Gluster to disclose best practices for deploying highly available, scalable storage in minutes and managing data growth in a single global namespace in the cloud

MILPITAS, Calif. – April 4, 2011 – Gluster, the leading provider of scale-out, open source storage solutions for public and private clouds, today announced it will host a free webinar that will reveal how companies can deploy highly available, scalable storage in minutes and manage data growth in a single global namespace in the cloud. Executives from both Gluster and RightScale, the leader in cloud management, will provide an overview of Gluster’s key benefits, including being the only highly available file storage for Amazon Web Services and a live demonstration. “Deploy Highly Available and Scalable Storage in Minutes” will take place Wednesday, April 6 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT. Participants can register for the webinar here.

 

The Gluster storage solution dynamically deploys via RightScale ServerTemplate and is managed via the RightScale Cloud Management Platform and allows storage to be added on an as-needed basis with no downtime or service interruption, which dramatically reduces costs.

 

Uri Budnick, director of the ISV Partner Program and RightScale, and Gluster’s Dave Garnett, VP of Product Management, and Craig Carl, Senior Corporate Systems Engineer, will explain and demonstrate the combined Gluster and RightScale offering which provides:

  • High availability shared storage
  • Business continuity
  • Seamless application data migration to the cloud
  • On-demand storage provisioning
  • Management of cloud resources
  • Usage-based pricing

“Cloud computing presents scalability challenges for IT and the need for highly reliable, elastic solutions has never been clearer,” said Garnett. “This webinar is a perfect opportunity for those interested in learning how Amazon Web Services, Gluster, and RightScale can enable them to achieve greater levels of scalability and performance in their cloud environments and find the fastest path to public and private cloud storage.”

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About Gluster

Gluster provides open source storage solutions that deliver massively scalable storage for public and private clouds. Our open-source software runs on commodity computing and storage resources (either public or private clouds), enabling customers to scale performance, capacity, and availability on demand. Customers have scaled Gluster in building block fashion from a few terabytes to multiple petabytes to meet the most demanding capacity and performance needs at a fraction of the cost of traditional proprietary and monolithic systems. 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, shared storage for virtual server environments. Gluster is 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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Gluster Webinar to Reveal Fastest Path to Public and Private Cloud Storage

RightScale and Gluster to disclose best practices for deploying highly available, scalable storage in minutes and managing data growth in a single global namespace in the cloud

MILPITAS, Calif. – April 4, 2011 – Gluster, the leading provider of scale-out, open source storage solutions for public and private clouds, today announced it will host a free webinar that will reveal how companies can deploy highly available, scalable storage in minutes and manage data growth in a single global namespace in the cloud. Executives from both Gluster and RightScale, the leader in cloud management, will provide an overview of Gluster’s key benefits, including being the only highly available file storage for Amazon Web Services and a live demonstration. “Deploy Highly Available and Scalable Storage in Minutes” will take place Wednesday, April 6 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT. Participants can register for the webinar here.

 

The Gluster storage solution dynamically deploys via RightScale ServerTemplate and is managed via the RightScale Cloud Management Platform and allows storage to be added on an as-needed basis with no downtime or service interruption, which dramatically reduces costs.

 

Uri Budnick, director of the ISV Partner Program and RightScale, and Gluster’s Dave Garnett, VP of Product Management, and Craig Carl, Senior Corporate Systems Engineer, will explain and demonstrate the combined Gluster and RightScale offering which provides:

  • High availability shared storage
  • Business continuity
  • Seamless application data migration to the cloud
  • On-demand storage provisioning
  • Management of cloud resources
  • Usage-based pricing

“Cloud computing presents scalability challenges for IT and the need for highly reliable, elastic solutions has never been clearer,” said Garnett. “This webinar is a perfect opportunity for those interested in learning how Amazon Web Services, Gluster, and RightScale can enable them to achieve greater levels of scalability and performance in their cloud environments and find the fastest path to public and private cloud storage.”

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About Gluster

Gluster provides open source storage solutions that deliver massively scalable storage for public and private clouds. Our open-source software runs on commodity computing and storage resources (either public or private clouds), enabling customers to scale performance, capacity, and availability on demand. Customers have scaled Gluster in building block fashion from a few terabytes to multiple petabytes to meet the most demanding capacity and performance needs at a fraction of the cost of traditional proprietary and monolithic systems. 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, shared storage for virtual server environments. Gluster is 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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Bio-IT World Conference and Expo

Bio IT World Conference & Expo 2011

Bio-IT World Conference and Expo

April 12-14, 2011.

CTO AB Periasamy will present in

Track 3 “Cloud” April 14th

at 12:15 pm
World Trade Center
Boston, MA

http://www.bio-itworldexpo.com/


City Network Selects Gluster Cloud Storage for Dynamic Cloud Services Platform

Innovative scale-out NAS solution used to provide highly scalable and reliable cloud storage to City Cloud, Sweden’s first IaaS platform

Milpitas, Calif. – March 30, 2011 – Gluster, the leading provider of scale-out, open source storage solutions, today announced City Network Hosting, a leading provider of hosting services, is using its storage solution for the company’s cloud services platform, City Cloud. Recently launched after more than 15 months in beta, City Cloud is a service used by more than 500 Swedish companies and is the first infrastructure as a service (IaaS) platform in Sweden. City Network chose Gluster cloud storage for its City Cloud offering due to its ability to provide the scalability and reliability needed to meet the company’s growing business demands without affecting performance.

“We believe our business as a whole will, to a large extent, be judged on performance, as our leading cloud solutions continue to grow. Our customers expect extreme performance from their applications,” said Johan Christenson, chairman of City Network. “We need a storage solution like Gluster that delivers reliability and can scale on-demand without hindering the quality of performance. Additionally, with Gluster we didn’t need to make the sacrifice of performance in order to make it fit our budget. There are real savings in the fact that you can combine off-the-shelf hardware, while at the same time creating a powerhouse of reliability, scalability and performance.”

As City Cloud continues to grow, it relies heavily on the elastic scaling capabilities of storage. This reliance makes it necessary for storage to have extreme growth capacity, but most importantly to never sacrifice performance as that growth kicks in. Customer applications run in virtual machines (VMs) that are hosted on blade servers with multi-tenant access to the Gluster storage deployment. This large scale VM environment requires storage that fits seamlessly in a virtualized data center. In the event of a blade failure, VMs can migrate to a new blade with continued access to the data. City Cloud uses Gluster’s file replication capabilities to ensure high availability of the data. VMs and storage are provisioned dynamically and enable seamless growth.

Additionally, City Network needed a solution that easily integrated with Enomaly Elastic Computing to deliver outstanding performance at peak times, specifically by eliminating I/O bottlenecks that were experienced with previous storage systems. Because of the success City Cloud is experiencing with Gluster, City Network is planning to roll out Gluster for all of its services – cloud, email, shared hosting, etc.

“As the demand for cloud services continues to increase, service providers face some of the most difficult challenges ensuring their storage environment is dependable and has the ability to survive hardware failures,” said AB Periasamy, co-founder and CTO of Gluster. “Gluster is providing City Network with the reliable, highly scalable cloud storage it needs to meet its customer demands. We look forward to the success of City Cloud and watching City Network expand its deployment of Gluster into other areas of the company.”

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About Gluster

Gluster is an open storage software platform that delivers scale-out storage for public, private, and hybrid clouds. Our open-source software platform runs on commodity computing and storage resources (either on-premise or in the public cloud), enabling customers to scale performance, capacity, and availability on demand. Customers have scaled Gluster in building block fashion from a few terabytes to multiple petabytes to meet the most demanding capacity and performance needs at a fraction of the cost of traditional proprietary and monolithic systems. Gluster uses a unified global namespace to virtualize disk and memory resources into a single shared pool that is centrally managed. Our scalable virtual NAS appliances address the needs of traditional data centers, shared storage for virtual server environments, and both public and private storage clouds. Gluster is 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 Milpitas, California.

About City Network

With more than 10,000 customers in Scandinavia City Network is one of the leading hosting providers in northern Europe. City Network is the only Scandinavian hosting provider to offer a full suite of hosting related services from shared hosting to dedicated servers to cloud computing. In addition City Network is a registrar of many top level domains and offers a full suite of domain services. Visit us at www.citycloud.eu and www.citynetwork.eu for more information on our hosting services. Visit www.citycloud.se for Scandinavian version of City Cloud.

Gluster AMI Now Available for Amazon Web Services Tokyo!

Gluster is now available as an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) for Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers in the AWS Tokyo region.  The Gluster AMI is a virtual storage appliance that enables customers to create:

  • highly available storage pools in less than one hour
  • that can scale to hundreds of terabytes
  • with replication across Amazon availability zones
  • with the ability to generate 100s of MB/s of throughput.

The Gluster AMI is deployed on Amazon EC2 instances and EBS storage, aggregating both computing and storage resources in a single namespace, and distributing the workload to minimize performance variability.

With this latest announcement, the Gluster AMI can be deployed in the Tokyo Region of Amazon Web Services. The AMI is available for a free 30-day trial, which can be useful both for Gluster commercial customers to try the product, as well as Gluster Open Source users who want to test Gluster in various configurations (e.g. # of nodes, various workloads) without the hassle of acquiring or configuring hardware.

After the 30-day trial is completed, customers can purchase subscriptions on a monthly or yearly basis, which are priced on the number of EC2 instances used. However, Gluster will make free annual subscriptions available to any businesses, non-profits, or educational institutions adversely affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami.

Forecast: Shakeups Looming in the Cloud

There are a number of rumblings in the cloud. One IT behemoth is believed to be eying a strategic acquisition of a powerful cloud software and storage offering, another seems to be repositioning an existing product, and VCs sharpen their focus on what really adds value in the cloud. There are a number of pivotal events that I believe will transpire over the next year in this rapidly changing and expanding market. From start-ups to behemoths, there will be significant changes that will shake up the cloud.