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
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).
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.
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?
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:
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.
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).
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.
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.
You can check out all of our videos and supplemental materials on the Gluster Resource Center.
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.
Emulex may have surprised a few people with their purchase of ServerEngines; however, many in the industry knew for some time that the company was sorely lacking control of their own destiny with regard to their struggling FCoE offering. Those keeping track of the players in the FCoE space have watched Emulex run around for nearly two years promoting the heck out of privately held ServerEngines, and ultimately it appears as though Emulex will have to cough up an absurd pile of money to finally buy the company–a staggering $225M.
One of the things we like to say at Gluster is we are not a cloud storage company, we are a storage company that can ‘do cloud’. With all of the confusion swirling around definitions and descriptions of what a cloud is (and isn’t) you can define yourself as something nebulous. Recall that less than a year ago Gartner described the hype around cloud ‘deafening‘, and it’s only gotten louder. What really matters to us when we talk to a company that is considering cloud storage is the problem they are trying to solve – that get you to focus on a practical solution, and the cloud gets defined in that way.