Getting Practical With Cloud Storage

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.

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Developers Cluster Around Gluster Open File System

In this SDTimes article, Alex Handy describes how big storage is still a big problem. But that Gluster is hoping its open-source, commodity hardware-based NAS solution will entice developers to get more involved in their storage systems.

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An Open Source Clustered NAS Deep Dive

In this Storage Soup blog, Beth Pariseau from SearchStorage.com, dives into the technical details of the Gluster scale-out file system with Gluster CTO and co-founder Anand Babu Periasamy.  During this Q&A session AB discusses Gluster’s market, products, and competitors, including specific details about the technical differentiation.

Read the full Q&A here on Storage Soup.

Gluster to Present Webinar on Open Source Storage Clouds

Webinar features industry expert and highlights two companies using open source clustered storage to build cloud environments

MILPITAS, Calif. – May 25, 2010 – Gluster, a leading provider of scalable, open source storage solutions, today announced a webinar which will feature testimonials from two companies who have used open source clustered storage to build cloud environments on commodity hardware. Join industry analyst Tony Asaro, Barry Jaspan, senior architect at Acquia, and Brent Richter, director of enterprise research IS at Partners HealthCare Systems, for the live webcast, “Case Studies: Deploying Open Source Storage Clouds” on Wednesday, May 26 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT.

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Scalability.org: The future of kernel-specific version subsystems

In this blog post, Joe Landman, discusses the future of kernel-specific version subsystems including Lustre, Xen, OFED, and Gluster.

Here’s an excerpt:

“Gluster has a number of specific advantages over Lustre, including no centralized metadata server. But it also allows local mounting of the file system with no loss of performance. They have a translator to provide local file system scheduler preference called NUFA, that exploits this. You don’t need to use it, but you can.”

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Gluster Names Ben Golub President and CEO

Silicon Valley veteran and former Plaxo CEO brings extensive technology and management experience to next generation storage company

MILPITAS, Calif. – May 19, 2010 – Gluster, a leading provider of scalable, open source storage solutions, today 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.

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Are Converged Network Adaptors Suffocating The Virtual Machine?

Last week I reviewed real-world results of a test between the Emulex UCNA and the QLogic 8152 CNA. The testing illuminated a performance delta between the products, and it demonstrated another important issue: a big difference in CPU utilization while running FCoE. For the past few months, Emulex has been making some fairly broad claims that its UCNAs can support nearly one million IOPS, which it says towers over the performance available from all other CNAs in the marketplace. Emulex said that, for virtualized server environments, this leap in network performance is needed to fully realize the capacity of the new Intel Xeon-based servers.

Are Converged Network Adaptors Suffocating The Virtual Machine?

Last week I reviewed real-world results of a test between the Emulex UCNA and the QLogic 8152 CNA. The testing illuminated a performance delta between the products, and it demonstrated another important issue: a big difference in CPU utilization while running FCoE. For the past few months, Emulex has been making some fairly broad claims that its UCNAs can support nearly one million IOPS, which it says towers over the performance available from all other CNAs in the marketplace. Emulex said that, for virtualized server environments, this leap in network performance is needed to fully realize the capacity of the new Intel Xeon-based servers.

You’re going to a storage company?!?

 

We announced today that I am joining Gluster as its new CEO.

People have been asking me why a guy from a Web 2.0 consumer company like Plaxo (or a consumer entertainment company like Plaxo’s parent, Comcast) would take on the CEO role at a fairly technical start up in the storage space.

The answer? I believe that first step in building a great company is to take on a big challenge. From my experiences at Comcast and Plaxo, I have seen one of these challenges first-hand.

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Hello World!

Welcome!  We’re very excited to launch our company blog.  Frankly, it’s about time!

Gluster was established back in 2005 as Z Research then re-branded to Gluster in 2009.  The company was founded with a goal of simplifying clustered computing on a foundation of open source software and commodity hardware and bringing it to the enterprise.

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Introducing Myself and Seeking Your Input and Continued Support

As I prepare to take on the role of CEO of Gluster, I wanted to send a quick note to the community. First, I want to thank you for your support of Gluster, and let you know it was a big factor that influenced my decision to join the company. We wouldn’t be anywhere without the passionate support (not to mention scrutiny, testing, advice, constructive criticism, and code contributions) from the members of the community. Second, I wanted to assure the community that I wouldn’t have taken on this role if I wasn’t committed to the open source model. I (and the rest of Gluster) remain convinced that embracing open source principles is key to producing better software, driving greater adoption, and ensuring greater compatibility. Finally, I wanted to let you know that I welcome your feedback, and that I can be reached at bgolub at gluster dot com. If you are interested, I have some further comments (slightly longer-winded) about my enthusiasm for joining Gluster on the new company blog.

/Ben Golub

Video: How to Create a Storage Volume and Mount on Clients

This short video will demonstrate how to set up and create a distributed storage volume and then export as GlusterFS native, NFS, and CIFS.

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