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.

Gluster Joins OpenStack Community

Commitment to open source cloud technologies allows company to bring scale-out storage to OpenStack and the cloud ecosystem

Milpitas, Calif. – March 15, 2011 – Gluster, the leading provider of scale-out, open source storage solutions for public and private clouds, today announced that it has joined the OpenStack (TM) community. It is Gluster’s intention to develop enhancements to OpenStack Storage offerings that give users redundancy, unlimited scale and high availability.  Gluster intends to announce it’s first code contribution enhancement at the OpenStack Developer Conference on April 26th 2011 in Santa Clara, California.

OpenStack is a collection of open source technologies delivering a scalable cloud operating system, and it is supported by a global software community that is collaborating to enable any organization to create and offer cloud computing services running on standard hardware. Gluster intends to expand its contributions beyond its initial OpenStack endeavors, with the goal of ultimately delivering virtual appliances that complement the OpenStack framework and deliver scale-out storage for the cloud.  Notable participants and contributors include Rackspace (NYSE: RAX) and NASA.

The move reaffirms Gluster’s commitment to the cloud and follows last month’s introduction of the first scale-out storage virtual appliances for VMware and Amazon Web Services (AWS). The virtual appliances for AWS allow users to create highly scalable shared storage and the only high availability storage on Amazon Elastic Block Storage (EBD). The virtual appliances for VMware deploy simply in both cloud and on-premise storage. Recently, Gluster also announced a partnership with RightScale, enabling customers to use Gluster’s software-only storage solution to dynamically deploy and manage scalable storage in a RightScale cloud environment.

“OpenStack provides an open, common platform that gives cloud consumers choice and flexibility with their deployments. The OpenStack community is glad to have the contributions of innovative open source storage companies like Gluster that will help improve storage performance, scalability and management for OpenStack clouds.” said Stephen Spector, community manager for OpenStack.

“Gluster remains focused on giving customers high-performance, highly scalable, and highly available storage delivered with the flexibility and favorable economics of the cloud, “said Anand Babu Periasamy, Gluster founder and CTO. ”Joining the OpenStack community will help us further that mission. OpenStack shares a common vision of delivering open source technology and supporting cloud standards so companies can take full advantage of the benefits of cloud computing.”

Gluster has already made its first code contribution to OpenStack. As an Openstack Sponsor, Gluster will not only make financial contributions, but will also be making additional code contributions that will help make storage and distributed file systems part of a fully integrated, fully open cloud stack. “We all saw the benefits that the open LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP) brought to on-premise computing and the web,” said Periasamy, “By creating a similar open stack for the cloud, we can help spur similar innovations for public, private, and hybrid clouds.”

Gluster Virtual Storage Appliances are designed expressly for cloud and virtual machine (VM) environments. Using the appliances, enterprises gain 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. Such flexibility is especially powerful in dynamic environments like the cloud and can radically improve storage economics.

For more information, please visit www.gluster.com or see Gluster at the Open Stack Design Summit in Santa Clara on April 26-29, 2011.

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 OpenStack

OpenStack is a large-scale open source cloud project and community established to drive industry standards, end cloud lock-in and speed the adoption of cloud technologies by service providers and enterprises. The project currently includes OpenStack Object Storage, a fully distributed object store, and OpenStack Compute, a scalable compute provisioning engine. OpenStack was founded by Rackspace® Hosting through its wholly owned subsidiary, OpenStack, LLC, and has the support of more than 53 technology industry leaders. For more information and to join the community, visit http://www.OpenStack.org.


Survey of Gluster Community Members

Please complete a quick survey to provide feedback on:
a)How Users Are Using Gluster
b)What we are doing well and what we are not doing well
c)Suggestions for enhancing community support
d)Feedback on futures and priorities.

The survey is 22 questions long (all optional).
The survey is designed to be anonymous, but if you choose to provide contact information, we’ll send you free Gluster goodies (and we’ll be able to contact you about your responses/issues!)

The survey can be found here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VHKJR72

Thank you!

Ben (Gluster CEO)

Gluster to Exhibit at Cloud Connect 2011

Scale-out NAS provider to showcase new Gluster Virtual Appliances for VMware, Amazon Web Services and RightScale environments

Santa Clara, Calif. – Cloud Connect 2011, Booth 603, March 3, 2011 – [intlink id=”877″ type=”page”]Gluster[/intlink], a leading provider of scale-out, open source storage solutions, today announced it will exhibit at Cloud Connect 2011 taking place March 7 – 10 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Gluster will demonstrate its recently released Gluster Virtual Storage Appliances, the first scale-out NAS virtual appliances for VMware, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and RightScale environments in booth 603.

The cloud is expected to account for 12 percent of all IT spending by 2014, creating a need for storage that works both on-premise and in the cloud. Specifically designed for virtual machine (VM) and cloud environments, Gluster Virtual Storage Appliances give enterprises the ability to treat physical storage as a virtualized, standardized and scale-on-demand pool. The appliances integrate GlusterFS into a virtual machine 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 public cloud. Gluster is also available as a RightScale Server Template for deployment in AWS. 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.

The Gluster Virtual Storage Appliances are:

  • Tailored for VM and cloud 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 in the same manner as virtual machines and eliminate the need for expensive physical monolithic storage systems.
  • Easy to deploy and scale: By scaling performance and capacity linearly, data is able to be added as required in only a few minutes without affecting performance across a wide variety of workloads. Additionally, storage management is centralized and easily automated.
  • Support for multiple platforms: The virtual storage appliances are available in three versions: as a VMware Virtual Machine, an Amazon Machine Image, or a RightScale Server Template, providing easy deployment on any VMware certified hardware or Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). This support delivers excellent performance across a wide range of workloads, including those found in highly virtualized environments.

For more information and to register for Cloud Connect, visit: http://www.cloudconnectevent.com/cloud-computing-conference/overview.php.

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[intlink id=”877″ type=”page”]Gluster[/intlink] delivers an open storage software platform focused on simplifying the task of storing and managing the explosive growth of unstructured data. Our scale-out storage platform runs on commodity hardware scaling out 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 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.

Gluster Partners with RightScale to Deliver Scale-Out NAS for Cloud Environments

First scale-out NAS technology for the RightScale platform speeds up deployment of Gluster’s scalable storage solutions

Milpitas, Calif. – March 2, 2011 – [intlink id=”877″ type=”page”]Gluster[/intlink], a leading provider of scale-out, open source storage solutions, today announced a partnership with RightScale, Inc., the leader in cloud computing management, to provide Gluster’s scale-out storage technology within the RightScale Cloud Management Platform. Starting today, customers can take advantage of Gluster’s software-only network-attached storage (NAS) solution to dynamically deploy and manage scalable storage in a RightScale cloud environment

The RightScale Cloud Management Platform simplifies the deployment, management and monitoring of Gluster’s scale-out storage technology. This new partnership enables organizations to deploy Gluster storage in minutes and manage data growth in a single global namespace in the cloud environment. Additionally, customers can use Gluster to extend the scalability and cost-effective benefits of the RightScale Cloud Management Platform to their cloud storage solution. By adding storage on an as-needed basis, RightScale customers can dramatically reduce costs, only paying for what they require, with no downtime or service interruption.

“As cloud computing continues to gain momentum, the industry is realizing that storage is a large pain point in achieving the promised benefits of the cloud. Gluster’s scale-out storage is specifically designed for cloud and virtual machine environments, making it the most effective solution for addressing the issues of flexibility and manageability in such dynamic environments,” said Jack O’Brien, vice president of marketing at Gluster. “This partnership with RightScale allows us to better serve the growing number of customers where storage is playing a crucial role in the adoption of cloud computing.”

“The addition of Gluster to the RightScale platform demonstrates our dedication to providing comprehensive cloud computing solutions that make deploying and managing a cloud simpler and more powerful than ever,” said Josh Fraser, vice president of business development at RightScale. “This new offering builds our portfolio of solutions and provides our customers with reliable and scalable storage capable of handling the explosion of data in the cloud.”

Gluster and RightScale will be exhibiting their solutions at the Cloud Connect conference being held in Santa Clara, CA from March 7-10, 2011. Please visit Gluster (booth #603) and RightScale (booth #116) for more information.

Gluster and RightScale will be hosting a webinar on April 12 to demonstrate this solution. More information and a sign up for this free event will be posted soon to the events pages at Gluster and RightScale.

Availability

Gluster storage technology will be available on March 7 for all RightScale Cloud Management Platform editions.

About Gluster

[intlink id=”877″ type=”page”]Gluster[/intlink] delivers an open storage software platform focused on simplifying the task of storing and managing the explosive growth of unstructured data. Our scale-out storage platform runs on commodity hardware scaling out 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 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.

Could EMC Become The Amdahl of Cloud Storage?

There is no doubt that EMC has shipped some Atmos storage since its introduction. Yes, EMC has Atmos. And the company claims that Atmos is specifically designed for the cloud. However, I believe that there are fundamental issues with the way EMC sells Atmos to customers. First of all, if Atmos is cloud storage, then it should be sold on a usage basis. Customers should be charged only for what they use–not for petabytes of capacity up front. After all, isn’t that the whole premise of cloud? Lowering your capital expenditures and shifting to a utility model? It makes me wonder if EMC is slowly becoming the Amdahl of Cloud Storage.

Storage Transforming to Reflect Compute

We’ve touched on this topic before, and as the march continues  to a fully virtualized data center and the movement of applications and data to the cloud it’s becoming more apparent. It’s also related to our roll-out of virtual storage appliances that we announced this week.

Riding a wave of server virtualization technologies, the compute infrastructure is by and large built on a scale-out commodity hardware layer running a variety of applications in virtual machines. Resources are efficiently shared by multiple applications and users in an environment that is centrally managed, automated for large scale, and extremely responsive. Open source software has a prominent place (LAMP stack anyone?). It’s the model pioneered by the web giants when they were the only ones facing challenges of that scale and now it’s ubiquitous.

Storage is increasingly becoming a commoditized, virtualized, centrally managed pool of resources – in short it’s transforming to reflect the compute environment in many respects. We can again look to web giants such as Goolge who has built their own storage infrastructure that has all of the cloud-like characteristics: built on commodity scale-out hardware, the intelligence and functionality are built into the software, it’s very dynamic, scales on demand, and gives high availability through redundancy. The problem is there aren’t many companies that can bring to bear the engineering resources of Google to build something from scratch. This is why at Gluster we are working to accelerate this storage transition and provide enterprise customers Google-like storage off the shelf.

Which takes us back to delivering Gluster as a virtual storage appliance. It borrows lessons from the server industry, takes another big virtualization step, and enables storage to be deployed the same way you deploy virtual servers. Also, it can be deployed in your own data center or in the public cloud. Feel free to give it a try.

Gluster Introduces First Scale-Out NAS Virtual Appliances for VMware and Amazon Web Services

New appliances allow users to deploy scale-out storage in virtual and cloud environments as easily as deploying virtual servers

Milpitas, Calif. – February 8, 2011 – [intlink id=”877″ type=”page”]Gluster[/intlink], a leading provider of scale-out, open source storage solutions, today announced Gluster Virtual Storage Appliances specifically designed for virtual machine (VM) and cloud environments. The new 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 VMware Virtual Storage Appliance integrates GlusterFS into a virtual machine for deployment on any VMware certified hardware or cloud platform. For Amazon Web Services (AWS), GlusterFS is packaged in an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) for deployment on the AWS public 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.

Multiple trends are contributing to the demand for such appliances: Unstructured data is growing by 60 percent per year, creating a need for vastly different storage economics; over 50 percent of all compute workloads are expected to be virtualized by 2012, creating a need for vastly different shared storage architectures; and, the cloud is expected to account for 12 percent of all IT spending by 2014, creating a need for storage that works both on-premise and in the cloud.

“The interest in scale-out storage has significantly increased recently as enterprises look for the most effective way to address scalability and manageability in such highly dynamic environments as the cloud,” said Terri McClure, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. “Gluster’s new offering is representative of the types of major breakthroughs we’re seeing in storage technology for VM and cloud environments, delivering the scale-out architecture that is needed in a highly responsive manner thanks to its software approach to the problem.”

The Gluster Virtual Storage Appliances are:

  • Tailored for VM and cloud 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, data is able to be added as required in only a few minutes without affecting performance across a wide variety of workloads. Additionally, storage is centrally managed across a wide variety of workloads.
  • Supportive of multiple platforms: The virtual storage appliances are available in two versions: as a VMware Virtual Machine or an Amazon Machine Image, providing easy deployment on any VMware certified hardware or Amazon Web Services’ public cloud. This support delivers excellent performance across a wide range of workloads, including those found in highly virtualized environments.

“Over the past decade, enterprises have seen enormous gains as they have migrated from proprietary, monolithic server architectures to architectures that are virtualized, open source, standardized, and commoditized. Virtualization technology is at the heart of cloud computing, but unfortunately the storage side of the equation has not kept pace with computing,” said [intlink id=”59″ type=”page”]AB Periasamy[/intlink], co-founder and CTO of Gluster. “Gluster’s new virtual storage appliances play a crucial role in closing the server-storage virtualization gap and deliver a solution that is tailor-made for cloud and VM environments.”

The Gluster AMI is available in multiple instance types from Amazon Web Services. The flexibility of the AWS pay-as-you-go model combined with the elastic scaling capabilities of Gluster ensures customers only deploy and pay for what is needed when needed. Gluster offers a fully POSIX compatible interface that aggregates multiple Elastic Block Storage (EBS) devices in a unified pool. This storage pool can be accessed simultaneously by hundreds of clients and configured for high availability.

Gluster Virtual Storage Appliances for VMware are designed for virtual environments and run on any VMware certified hardware. With the ability to deploy in minutes in the same manner as standard VMs, the appliances accelerate the transformation of storage to more closely resemble the compute environment.

Product Availability

Gluster Virtual Storage Appliances will be generally available on February 15. To sign up now or obtain more information, go to [intlink id=”4″ type=”page”]http://www.gluster.com/products/[/intlink].

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About Gluster

[intlink id=”877″ type=”page”]Gluster[/intlink] delivers an open storage software platform focused on simplifying the task of storing and managing the explosive growth of unstructured data. Our scale-out storage platform runs on commodity hardware scaling out 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 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.

Gluster Introduces First Scale-Out NAS Virtual Appliances for VMware and Amazon Web Services

Nirvanix Gains Increased Market Traction With Triad Of Cloud Solutions

I blogged about Nirvanix here on Network Computing back in November, and opined that the time to execute with cloud offerings is now. I have been following Nirvanix closely since then, and speaking candidly with its customers. It is clear that the company is executing well, providing substantial value to its existing customers, gaining new customers and fine-tuning offerings in order to take the competition head on. Nirvanix has its sights set on the high end of the competitive spectrum. The company is making gains in market traction and turning prospects away from stalwarts like EMC and IBM.