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

News & Events

Gluster Newsletter

September 2010

In This Edition of the Gluster Newsletter

Gluster Wins Best of VMworld 2010 Award

At VMworld San Francisco, Gluster VMStor for VMware took home the Best of VMworld 2010 Finalist award in the New Technology category. The panel of judges included a mix of industry experts, IT consultants and TechTarget editors. Entrants were scored on innovation, the value provided by the product, performance, reliability and ease of use.

[intlink id=”932″ type=”post”]>> Learn more[/intlink]

Gluster Goes to Copenhagen for VMworld Europe, Oct 12-14

Overall VMworld San Francisco was such a great event that we have decided to participate in VMworld Europe, October 12-14, in Copenhagen. If you are attending the conference be sure to stop by booth #106. We’ll also be featuring a demo of VMStor. For more information about the conference visit www.vmworld.com.

SlideShare: Gluster VMStor for VMware Presentation

This presentation outlines Gluster VMStor for VMware, a scalable NAS platform for virtual machine image storage. Features include VM-level snapshots, one-click backup, single mount point, integrates seamlessly with VMware vSphere, uses standard NFS, and more. See the links below for the overview presentation and a video presentation posted to SlideShare.

>> View the SlideShare presentation

>> View the SlideShare video

Forbes.com: Confessions of a Former Web 2.0 CEO

In this Forbes.com article Gluster’s CEO, Ben Golub, describes why he jumped from a Web 2.0 company to a data storage startup. He outlines the various trends in the market place, why he thinks enterprise storage is sexy and lastly he notes why it’s now possible to build an enterprise storage company that runs like a consumer startup.

>> Read the full article

Virtualization Review: VMworld Reflections

In this Virtualization Review blog, Bruce Hoard reflects on VMworld as a great show that provides virtualization and cloud computing with a high-visibility forum it deserves. He also mentions a few vendors he was impressed with including Gluster, in his words, “seems to have a smart take on clustered storage”.

>> Read the full article

SearchStorage.com: Virtualizing NAS

File-system virtualization (aggregation) is one way of virtualizing file access. At a high level, file-system virtualization accumulates individual file systems into a pool that’s accessed by clients as a single unit. In other words, clients see a single large namespace without being aware of the underlying file stores. The underlying file store could be a single NAS, or a mesh of various file servers and NAS systems. File-system virtualization products address two main problems: They give users a single virtual file store; and they offer storage management capabilities such as nondisruptive data migration and file-path persistency while files are moved between different physical file stores.

>> Read the full article

Storage Switzerland: VMworld Briefing Note

Eric Slack, a senior analyst with Storage Switzerland gives his take on Gluster and how its business model appeals to the channel. Gluster is making a strong push to engage storage VARS and has a strong product for the channel. Given the growth in unstructured data and the appeal of NAS solutions, there won’t be a shortage of interest by end users. In the server virtualization space, especially by the mid-market users Gluster is focused on, NAS is emerging as the platform of choice. Gluster provides a flexible solution that VARs can apply to a wide range of use cases, an important characteristic to be successful on a crowded VAR line card. Also, Gluster’s software format involves integration, drags hardware and allows VARs to build a solution, not just sell a box.

>> Read the full article

Check Out Who is Using Gluster

Take a moment to look through our Who is Using Gluster page. This page gives you an idea of the various types of companies using Gluster around the world. If you happen to be a Gluster user and have not yet contributed to our Who is Using page we’d love to hear how you are deploying Gluster in your environment. As a token of our appreciation for submitting your information we will send you a Gluster t-shirt.

>> Visit Who is Using Gluster page

Sincerely,

The Gluster Team

News & Events

Gluster Newsletter

November 2010

In This Edition of the Gluster Newsletter

GlusterFS v3.1 Now Available

On October 12, Gluster announced the general availability of GlusterFS version 3.1, with new capabilities to enable improved elastic volume management and automation. The new release is suited for the needs of dynamic cloud and data environments, allowing data to elastically grow, shrink or migrate across the physical machines in a cluster without any downtime or service interruptions. Storage volume configuration changes can be made on-the-fly for real time response to changing workload or performance tuning. GlusterFS v3.1 is available under the GNU Affero General Public License.

>> Learn More

Upgrading Gluster to 3.1 Video

This video outlines the process for upgrading Gluster from version 3.0.x to version 3.1.

>> Watch the Slideshare video

Installing Gluster 3.1 and Creating a Replicated Storage Volume

This video shows how to install Gluster 3.1 and create a replicated storage volume. The volume is then mounted as NFS and GlusterFS natively.

>> Watch the Slideshare video

How to Expand and Rebalance a Gluster Storage Volume

This video shows how to add servers to an existing Gluster storage volume without requiring a remount and will show how to re-balance the volume to distribute the data evenly across servers.

>> Watch the Slideshare Video

Gluster Now a Mezeo Ready Storage Solution Partner

Mezeo Software (www.mezeo.com), the leading provider of a deployable cloud storage platform, recently announced Gluster as a Mezeo Ready Solution Partner. As a Mezeo Ready solution, the Gluster Storage Platform enables organizations using a Mezeo-enabled private, hybrid or public storage cloud to realize the cost, scalability and performance benefits of the Gluster Storage Platform. With Mezeo, enterprises can implement a secure, private cloud, and IT Service Providers can rapidly monetize a branded cloud storage service offering.

>> Read the article

GigaOM: “Cloud Storage: Two Days, Three Startups, $30 Million”

In this GigaOM article, Derrick Harris writes how cloud storage startups have received lots of investor love recently. Noting in the past two days, three cloud storage companies raised a total of $30 million, including [intlink id=”923″ type=”post”]Gluster bringing in $8.5 million[/intlink], Zetta scoring $11.5 million and Nirvanix receiving $10 million. It’s further proof that organizations are looking for scalable (and, ideally, inexpensive) methods for storing their growing data stores, and that cloud computing is becoming an ideal model to do that.

>> Read the article

Enterprise Storage Forum: Gluster Updates Open Source Storage Platform for the Cloud

In this Enterprise Storage Forum article, Kevin Komiega, reviews the latest features released in Gluster v3.1 including Elastic Volume Management, native NFS, and the new console manager.

>> Read the full article

CloudAve: Gluster Platform Adds Elasticity and Automation Making it Cloud Ready

In this blog post, Krishnan Subramanian provides some insight to the Gluster 3.1 announcement and the latest released features. In the conclusion he states, “Gluster Platform is very attractive not just for the powerful feature set shown above but it also has a very low cost overhead. It is very attractive for enterprises looking forward to cut costs in this troubled economy without having to compromise much on other important factors like reliability, performance, etc.”

>> Read the full article

Sincerely,

The Gluster Team

News & Events

Gluster Newsletter

December 2010

In This Edition of the Gluster Newsletter

Webinar Replay: Service Providers Deploying Open Source Scale-Out Storage

If you missed our webinar on “Service Providers Deploying Open Source Scale-Out Storage”, featuring Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) analyst Terri McClure, and cloud computing evangelist & CTO of Enomaly, Reuven Cohen, you can now view the on-demand replay at your leisure. Includes information on future storage trends and also highlights a few customers using both Gluster and Enomaly technologies in cloud production environments. This webinar is for service providers or other firms looking to learn more about cloud storage, increase service offerings and/or add new revenue streams through the adoption of cloud computing.

[intlink id=”1109″ type=”page”]>> View On-Demand Replay[/intlink]

Gluster Blog: Storage is Sexy Again

In this blog post, Gluster CEO Ben Golub, reflects on recent storage acquisition news and what it all means for the industry. He notes two broad themes are clear including storage is indeed sexy again and the scale-out storage approach is gaining momentum.

>> Read the blog

Virtual Strategy Magazine: Q&A with Ben Golub of Gluster

In this VSM article, CEO Ben Golub, answers questions related to everything from Gluster’s recent series B funding announcement to the storage problem Gluster’s technology addresses to what the open source community means to Gluster’s product development cycle and more.

>> Read the article

Storage Architect Blog: Closing the Server/Storage Virtualization Gap

This is a guest blog post from Anand Babu (AB) Periasamy, CTO and co-founder of Gluster.

In the virtualization foot race, the server has clearly been playing the role of the hare, with storage-a.k.a., the tortoise-bringing up the rear. The technology innovation in server virtualization got a lengthy head start on storage and has continued to outpace it ever since, making some question how the tortoise will ever have a chance to catch up.

Waiting for them at the finish line is a truly virtualized data center and a fully enabled cloud, two things that go hand in hand. They may be waiting for quite a while, if the industry does not intelligently approach and successfully tackle the problem of virtualizing the storage layer.

>> Read more

SiliconAngle: EMC, Isilon, and the Rebirth of Storage

In this SiliconAngle article, Gluster CEO, Ben Golub writes about the future of Network Attached Storage (NAS) with the recent storage company acquisitions noting the EMC acquisition of Isilon. Ben also talks about how innovation from private companies can often disrupt the industry and what these smaller private companies can do to compete against the big incumbents.

>> Read the article

Sincerely,

The Gluster Team

Gluster to Help Manage Rapid Data Growth for Pandora

Gluster to Help Manage Rapid Data Growth for Pandora

MILPITAS, Calif. – January 5, 2011 – Gluster, a leading provider of scalable, open source storage solutions, today announced that Pandora, the leading personalized radio service, has selected and deployed Gluster to help manage their rapidly growing data storage infrastructure. Pandora has deployed over 250 terabytes of storage to hold its vast music collection. Pandora has more than 75 million registered users in the United States and the company’s personalized radio stations that play on more than 200 devices, including PCs, smartphones, the iPad and in-home connected devices such as televisions, Blu-Ray players, table-top radios and digital media players.

Continue reading “Gluster to Help Manage Rapid Data Growth for Pandora”

Correlsense Makes Finding A Needle In A Haystack Easy

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Correlsense, a business transaction management company, along with one of its customers, GAINSCO Insurance. We discussed Correlsense’s product, SharePath, which monitors and tracks all of an application’s transactions in real time, and can rapidly deliver root-cause analysis and display where transactions are slowed or stalled. In fact, SharePath can pinpoint transaction bottlenecks spanning from the discrete user client to the IT infrastructure to the number of bytes read, or written, at the disk storage level. In my opinion, this makes finding a bottleneck in real time–or the needle in a haystack–easy.

Prediction 2011 – The Future of Virtualization

In this contributed article posted to VMblog, Gluster CTO, AB Periasamy, predicts the future of virtualization for 2011.  Specifically he predicts that the cloud will redefine operating systems, stating “In 2011, the operating system (OS) as we currently know it will be categorized as a legacy system. Virtualization and the cloud will cause fundamental changes in the design and composition of the OS, once the innovation reaches a mature stage.  We will see the first evidence of this evolved OS in 2011, witnessing its ultimate realization over the next five years.”

Read the full article on VMblog.

Dell And Others Still Shopping For Storage

On Dec. 13, Dell announced it has “entered into a definitive agreement for Dell to acquire Compellent … ” Dell also said it expects the transaction to be accretive to Dell non-GAAP earnings in its fiscal year 2012. There is no doubt that I, along with others in the industry, have blogged and written quite a bit on this topic over recent days. There has been no bidding war, no firing of shots across the bow from one vendor to another, and no soaring stock price in this quickly executed company acquisition. In my opinion, Compellent as a brand gets a big boost now, and Dell has bolstered its storage line up. So what’s next for the Compellent brand as it integrates within Dell, and is Dell finished with storage vendor acquisitions?

The Win-Win-Win Scenario Of A Compellent And Dell Merger

On Dec. 9, Compellent and Dell announced that they “are engaged in advanced discussions regarding a possible business combination involving the two companies.” I blogged about Compellent here on Oct. 8 and one day before the joint Compellent-Dell announcement. Some voices in the industry, not associated with Network Computing, have raised thinly veiled arguments that question the sense, and value, of an acquisition of Compellent by Dell. In my opinion, Compellent will be a strong addition to both the Dell Virtual Information System (VIS) architecture and Data Center Solutions (DCS) capabilities. Should it come to fruition, this potential acquisition is a win-win-win for customers, Compellent and Dell.

Compellent – Taking On The Enterprise Challenge

On Nov. 22, Compellent announced the newest release of StorageCenter version 5.4, new Live Volume software, new Enterprise Manager multisite tool capabilities, and next-generation hardware that is faster, stores more data and connects to FCoE and 10GbE iSCSI. Back in October, I wrote that Compellent was rising to the enterprise challenge. With this announcement, it’s clear to me that Compellent is taking on the enterprise challenge and may be swinging the acquisition pendulum in their direction.