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:
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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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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