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.

Gluster Selected as 2010 Products of the Year Award Finalist by Storage Magazine / SearchStorage.com

Scale-out NAS innovator is a finalist in storage management tools category

MILPITAS, Calif. – January 13, 2011 – Gluster, the leading provider of open source scale-out storage solutions, has been named a finalist in the Storage magazine and SearchStorage.com 2010 Products of the Year competition. GlusterFS 3.1 is a finalist in the storage management tools category. Out of nearly 200 entries, the judges of the competition have selected 43 products in five data storage product categories as finalists. Products are evaluated based on innovation, value and capabilities.

Gluster’s open source, scale-out NAS storage uses a global namespace to aggregate disk and memory, enabling enterprises to scale from a few terabytes to multiple petabytes in a single volume. Elastic volume management capabilities allow data to dynamically grow, shrink or migrate across physical machines in a cluster without downtime or application interruptions. The recently introduced Gluster Console Manager enables large scale automation through a command line interface that also acts as a scripting shell and API. These capabilities ensure Gluster effectively addresses the dynamic storage requirements of modern cloud and data center environments. Additionally Gluster is fully POSIX-compliant and installs on industry standard hardware, providing highly scalable, easy to use storage with the superior economics of commodity hardware plus open source software.

“We are honored to be named as a finalist in SearchStorage.com’s Products of the Year awards,” said [intlink id=”59″ type=”page”]Jack O’Brien[/intlink], vice president of marketing at Gluster. “This recognition from a respected industry authority demonstrates Gluster’s comprehensive approach to providing storage that addresses the demands of today’s data centers that are increasingly virtualized and deployed in the cloud.”

For the complete list of finalists and more information about the awards, visit http://searchstorage.techtarget.com/generic/0,295582,sid5_gci1525950,00.html.

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About Gluster

Gluster 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 storage uses a unified global namespace to virtualize disk and memory resources into a single shared pool that is centrally managed. Our scalable NAS solutions address the needs of traditional data centers, shared storage for virtual server environments, and both public and private storage clouds. Gluster Storage Platform is used in a wide range of industries including digital media delivery, healthcare, internet, energy, and biotech. Gluster is privately-held and headquartered in Milpitas, California.

News & Events

Gluster Newsletter

October 2009

In This Edition of the Gluster Newsletter

Gluster Storage Platform Beta Program

Gluster is evolving from a standalone file system to a complete storage OS. Gluster Platform integrates GlusterFS with an operating system layer, management GUI, and installer. You can start with two bare servers and provision a few hundred terabytes of clustered storage in less than 30 minutes. The core file system is also being upgraded and enhanced with new features. The beta release is scheduled for Tuesday November 3rd. If you would like to formally participate in the beta program please email us at info(at)gluster.com.

New “Who is Using Gluster” Page Now Live

Thanks to everyone who has shared their Gluster deployment information with the community. We recently reorganized the ‘Who is Using’ information into a table that is much easier to navigate. We also integrated an interactive map that provides a global view of Gluster deployments. We encourage you to check it out, see how others are using Gluster, and add your own information as well: Who is Using Gluster.

Website and Community Improvements

You have probably noticed we relaunched the Gluster website last month, changing the look and feel, navigation, and a substantial amount of the content. We also formally changed the name of the company to Gluster from Z Research and created a new logo (the ant didn’t disappear for good – more on that shortly).

We also merged the gluster.org site into a community section under the gluster.com domain. Our goal was to eliminate overlap, simplify navigation, simplify maintenance, and make it easier for new community features to be added over time. Several folks were not happy to see the gluster.org site go away and some speculated that was a signal Gluster was moving away from open source; so two things to note:

  1. Our commitment to open source development has not changed and will continue going forward (with GPLv3 as the foundation).
  2. The gluster.org site will be returning

In the next few weeks we will roll out a new community home page, again initially focused on navigation and making nearly all key resources one click away. Following that, new features will be rolled out over time.

Sincerely,

The Gluster Team

News & Events

Gluster Newsletter

December 2009

Gluster Storage Platform now Available! In This Edition of the Gluster Newsletter

  • Two new Gluster white papers released.
  • News coverage of the Storage Platform release, see what others are saying.
  • Gluster + MySQL + PHP success story on Amazon cloud platform.
  • Real World Computing article on PC Pro Magazine: Build your own distributed file system

Gluster Storage Platform Released

Gluster Storage Platform is a stand alone storage software stack that integrates the GlusterFS file system, an operating system layer, and a web-based management interface and installer. The primary focus is on ease of use whether you are deploying a few terabytes or hundreds of petabytes. Installation is a simple process that enables customers to deploy a few hundred terabytes of clustered storage in two steps and just a few mouse clicks. File system features have also been added and enhanced, the most significant of which are optimization for VM environments and providing always-on availability for VMs.

Two New White Papers Published

Gluster File System Architecture – Learn more about how the file system is designed, how and why we eliminated the metadata server, and more. Download this white paper. >

Guide to Deploying Gluster with Virtual Machine Environments – A step by step guide for deploying Gluster to complement virtual server environments.

Gluster in the News

Check out articles covering the release of Gluster Storage Platform from SearchStorage, InfoStor, Network World and more. [intlink id=”707″ type=”page”]Gluster News >[/intlink]

Gluster + MySQL + PHP success story on Amazon cloud platform

Learn how Elusive KG deployed a flexible web service for Berlin-based Maryme Ltd. on the Amazon EC2 platform with Gluster, MySQL, and PHP. Read on>

Article: Build Your Own Distributed File System

Simon Brock of UK-based Wide Area Communications and contributing editor to PC Pro marvels at Google’s resilient distributed file system, and builds his own from simple, cheap hardware and open source software. Read on>

Sincerely,

The Gluster Team

News & Events

Gluster Newsletter

June 2010

In This Edition of the Gluster Newsletter

Gluster Names Ben Golub as President and CEO

On May 19, Gluster announced that Ben Golub will join the company as president and chief executive officer. Golub brings more than 20 years experience in the technology industry and has an outstanding track record of driving rapid top and bottom line growth in multiple businesses. Golub will replace acting CEO, Hitesh Chellani, who will now serve as the company’s vice president of operations.

New Webinar – Case Studies: Deploying Open Source Storage Clouds

Learn how two companies used open source clustered storage to build cloud environments on commodity hardware. In this webinar our panel of experts discuss:

  • Key storage trends and the importance of open source storage
  • The value of scalable storage, why it matters and what you should look for
  • Cloud storage, is it real and what are the practical use cases. [intlink id=”1111″ type=”page”]View the on-demand replay[/intlink]

Installation Videos Now Available

CTOEdge Article: In Pursuit of Elastic Data

As the amount of data that needs to be managed continues to grow, the IT industry as a whole is struggling with ways to cope with the problem. Right now, most of the solutions being discussed can be broken down into three camps. First, there are the various “Big Data” offerings, such as the Hadoop technology developed by Google. Then we have the rise of distributed cache servers that process more data faster than ever in memory. And finally, we’re starting to see any number of new file systems that promise greater levels of scalability than ever before. Read More

Gluster CEO Talks Open Source Clustered NAS Storage

Read the latest article from SearchStorage.com where Beth Pariseau sits down with Ben Golub and other executives from Gluster to discuss the state of the enterprise data storage industry, building an open source business model, and what’s coming in new releases of their product. Read More

Check Out Who is Using Gluster Worldwide

Check out the latest companies using Gluster worldwide. If you are currently testing out Gluster visit our Who is Using page and document how you are using or how you plan on using Gluster in your storage environment. We’d love to hear about your use case. Or visit [intlink id=”57″ type=”page”]Our Customers Page[/intlink] to see the latest companies deploying Gluster in production.

Sincerely,

The Gluster Team

News and Events

Gluster Newsletter

July 2010

In This Edition of the Gluster Newsletter

Envoy Media Group Selects Gluster for Public Cloud Storage

Envoy Media Group is an innovative marketing firm that offers its clients highly-targeted media campaigns across multiple media channels including television, radio, the Internet, direct video and more. Envoy moved their IT infrastructure from a traditional co-location facility to Amazon Web Services to gain greater flexibility, take advantage of “pay-as-you-go” pricing, and lower operational costs. In order to ensure their media assets were always available, easy to share, and promptly delivered, Envoy selected Gluster in concert with Amazon EC2, EBS volumes, and S3.

Gluster Resource Center

Visit the Gluster Resource Center for all videos, white papers, quick start guides and more. Learn how to get started with setting up Gluster in your environment.

2010 Storage Superstars: 25 You Need To Know

This CRN article spotlights 25 of the individuals and teams that looked into the future to design today’s storage industry. These talented individuals and teams have spent years or decades developing their expertise and perfecting the art of storing, recovering, archiving, and protecting data.

Gluster CTO, AB Periasamy, was named as a leading figure of open source to storage. Check out the full list of 2010 storage superstars here.

SDTimes: Developers Cluster Around Gluster Open File System

In this article, Alex Handy from the Software Development Times, interviews Gluster CEO Ben Golub. Ben discusses the importance of the Gluster community and how Gluster hopes to commoditize the NAS market with the help of its open-source developers. Read the full article.

Webinar Replay – Case Studies: Deploying Open Source Storage Clouds

Learn how two companies used open source clustered storage to build cloud environments on commodity hardware. In this webinar a panel of experts discuss:

  • Key storage trends and the importance of open source storage
  • The value of scalable storage, why it matters and what you should look for
  • Cloud storage, is it real and what are the practical use cases
  • [intlink id=”1111″ type=”page”]View the on-demand replay[/intlink]

Start a Proof of Concept

If you are looking for comprehensive assistance and consulting to ensure a speedy and successful trial of Gluster in your environment we now offer a 60-day proof-of concept (POC) to get you up and running in no time. Gluster support staff will work closely with you throughout the evaluation and test process saving time and lowering risk as you use the product in an environment directly related to your production implementation. During the 60 days you will have direct access to Gluster support engineers from architecture and design through testing and tuning. We will help you configure your storage solution to meet your specific use case and requirements.

Sincerely,

The Gluster Team

News & Events

Gluster Newsletter

August 2010

In This Edition of the Gluster Newsletter

Gluster VMStor for VMware – See Demo at VMworld 2010

Gluster introduces VMStor, a new capability of Gluster storage which simplifies scalable NAS for virtual machine (VM) storage. Initially supporting VMware, the new VMStor capability significantly decreases the expense associated with storing VMs by eliminating the requirement to use a traditional storage area network (SAN) based environment which can be expensive to scale. Gluster VMStor scales to multiple petabytes and can store an unlimited number of VM images. Key capabilities such as VM-level snapshots and backup can be performed with a single mouse click or automated with existing tools and cloud management software. Gluster will be demonstrating VMStor in booth #440 at VMworld 2010, taking place August 30 – September 2 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

[intlink id=”929″ type=”post”]>> Read the press release[/intlink]

Acquia Selects Gluster for Deploying Open Source Storage Amazon Web Services

Acquia, a commercial open source software company that provides products, services, and technical support for the open source Drupal social publishing system, has deployed Gluster’s open source storage solutions for their Drupal website hosting offering running on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

[intlink id=”936″ type=”post”]>> Read the press release[/intlink]

CTOEdge: Gluster Brings NAS Storage to VMware

In this CTOEdge article, Mike Vizard comments on the new Gluster VMStor for VMware product. He notes that this extension to the Gluster storage environment means that IT organizations have the option of deploying network attached storage (NAS) in VMware environments versus having to rely only on storage area network (SAN) technologies.

>> Read the full article

LinuxInsider: Closing the Server-Storage Virutalization Gap

In this LinuxInsider article, Gluster CTO AB Periasamy discusses the current state of Linux virtualization and provides best practices, focused on storage, aimed at closing the server-storage virtualization gap.

>> Read the full article

EnterpriseStorageForum: Gluster Brings Open Source to Unstructured Data

In this EnterpriseStorageForum.com article Drew Robb discusses how Gluster is an open source startup that most people in storage have never heard of. Yet its value proposition could spell trouble for the big boys and potentially send the prices of proprietary hardware crashing down. Drew also highlights how Gluster is being harnessed in the real world, citing ideal use cases, and how open source companies are gaining ground in the storage market.

>> Read the full article

Linux Magazine Names GlusterFS as Cool User File System

Jeff Layton an Enterprise Technologies for HPC at Dell discusses reasons why he thinks GlusterFS is one of the coolest file systems in user space. [GlusterFS] has a very unique architecture that allows it to be configured for specific storage requirements and scenarios. It can be used as a high-performance parallel file system, or a cloud-based file system, or even a simple NFS server. All of this in user space. Could GlusterFS represent the future of file system development for Linux?

>> Read the full article

Online Store Now Available

Gluster is making it even easier to purchase commercial support subscriptions. You can now purchase Starter Pack, Professional, and Enterprise subscriptions online via the Gluster website. Or start by signing up for a Proof of Concept to evaluate and test Gluster in your environment. Simply sign up online and receive immediate access to Gluster technical experts. Visit the new subscriptions overview page for more details.

Sincerely,

The Gluster Team