Gluster Introduces VMStor to Address Market Need for Scalable Virtual Machine Storage

Provider of innovative open source clustered storage platform to demonstrate capabilities of scale-out NAS in VMware environments at VMworld San Francisco

MILPITAS, Calif. – August 24, 2010 – Gluster, the leading provider of open source storage solutions, today announced 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.

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Acquia Uses Gluster Storage For Drupal Gardens SaaS Offering

Acquia, the company behind commercial Drupal offerings, has selected Gluster open source storage platform for their hosting needs. Gluster storage platform offers an easy way to manage data on commodity servers within a single namespace. According to Krishnan Subramanian, this is the kind of storage solutions SaaS startups want to have as they offer good performance at a much lower cost. Being an open source platform is a plus because when a startup trusts their storage needs on a relatively smaller vendor, open source offers the kind of insurance that will ensure business continuity.

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Acquia Selects Gluster for Deploying Open Source Storage on Amazon Web Services

Commercial open source software company experiences high availability and scalable performance for Drupal website hosting with Gluster storage

MILPITAS, Calif. – August 18, 2010 – Gluster, the leading provider of open source storage solutions, today announced that 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).

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With 3Par Acquisition, Dell Shows They Are Serious About Storage

Over the past few years, Dell has taken carefully measured and calculated steps with its storage business, namely the acquisition of EqualLogic and the pumping up its engineering and sales organization to support greater storage sales. Now, Dell makes another smart move with the acquisition of 3Par, the 10 year-old enterprise storage provider that was first to deliver thin provisioning within high-end storage arrays, as well as developing abstracted storage virtualization techniques that allow rapid changes in storage configuration and RAID protection without the need to backup, or restore active data. There should be no remaining doubt that Dell is extremely serious about its storage business

LinuxInsider: Closing the Server-Storage Virtualization 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.

Server virtualization technologies for Linux have advanced at a rapid pace of innovation with VMware (NYSE: VMW) and Citrix (Nasdaq: CTXS) (Xen) initially leading the way. They are now being joined by significant strategic investments by Red Hat (NYSE: RHT).

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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.

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Linux Magazine – Cool User File Systems: GlusterFS

Jeff Layton an Enterprise Technologist 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?

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Gluster on Rackspace Cloud with High Availability

RackerHacker has a nice blog post / tutorial on deploying Gluster with Rackspace cloud servers or Slicehost (it’s been up for a couple of months but I just came across it). It’s a well written tutorial on setting up a simple HA Gluster configuration with WordPress hosted in a pair of VM’s. Take it away RackerHacker:

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Gluster Community: What Should Our Next Video Tutorial Be?

Dear Gluster Community,

Lately we’ve been posting video tutorials related to installation, volume creation, automatic file replication and self healing.  If you haven’t seen these videos yet, check out our Resource Center or subscribe to the Gluster YouTube Channel or Gluster SlideShare page for the latest updates.

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Envoy Media Group Selects Gluster for Public Cloud Storage

Innovative marketing firm selects Gluster to power storage for multimedia content delivery on Amazon Web Services Infrastructure

MILPITAS, Calif. – July 20, 2010 – Gluster, the leading provider of open source storage solutions, today announced that Envoy Media Group, an innovative multi-media marketing firm, has chosen Gluster, to provide a responsive and highly reliable storage solution for its content delivery platform running entirely on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

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Video: How Gluster Self Healing with Automatic File Replication Works

In our latest video Kamal Varma describes how Gluster automatic file replication works under fault conditions and how the system recovers using real time self-healing once the fault has been rectified. In this example we show a replicated volume spanning two storage servers with a single client mounting the volume using the Gluster native client protocol.

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Video: How Gluster Automatic File Replication Works

In this latest video tutorial, Kamal Varma, walks through how Gluster automatic file replication works utilizing two storage servers and a single client.  Stay tuned for our next video where Kamal will review the self-healing feature in greater detail.

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