In discussion with Joe Tucci this week at EMC world, Joe stated that he saw two camps taking shape with regard to cloud solutions development: The Virtualization Camp and The Verticalization Camp. Tucci and EMC are clearly in The Virtualization Camp, and I agree with them in that this is the wave of the future. Virtualization, from servers to networks to storage is here and the future looks very bright indeed for solutions that will make IT operations easier and more cost efficient.
CTO AB Periasamy discusses the future of cloud computing in the latest article from Computer Technology Review. He outlines reasons why Network Attached Storage (NAS) should be considered “the platform of choice for the cloud”. Read More.
Fredrik Poller blogs about how easy it is to setup distributed storage with GlusterFS starting from downloading the code. His setup contains two GlusterFS-servers and one client. Read more.
Atmail is an email platform that combines server (POP, IMAP, SMTP, CalDAV) functions with a sleek webmail interface.
Given the need for scalable and redundant storage for email files, we have decided to recommend and use GlusterFS for file distribution. See our blog post at: http://atmail.com/blog/2010/atmail-and-glusterfs/ for our how-to.
During the weeks of April 12th and 19th, IBM announced the release of new features and functions for the IBM System Storage DS8700 and XIV, along with other enhancements and new products in their overall storage line up. Details of the whole announcement and a video with Doug Balog, IBM Storage Platform VP and Disk Storage Business Line Executive, can be located by clicking here.
Evolving Web was involved in a project where their clients needed a site capable of serving a large number of anonymous users and a reasonable number of concurrently logged in users. In order to reach these goals, they looked to the cloud. This blog post gives a quick overview of their configuration using nginx, boost, apc, cacherouter, memcached, and Gluster. This configuration has allowed them to scale up considerably.
Gluster CTO AB Perisamy discusses emerging file systems for Linux…
With support for over 50 file systems, excluding user space implementations, GNU/Linux has been extremely successful at supporting file system innovation. That success has no doubt been aided by open source development. However, the storage industry is experiencing major architectural changes, and understanding emerging file systems — and how to apply them — is critical to keeping up with today’s demands.
Boston-based Partners is a non-profit health care system and teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Brent Richter, Partners’ corporate manager for enterprise research infrastructure and services, needed a central storage repository for data generated by about 40 research teams across several hospitals in the Partners system. The data would have to be secure and kept separately. Using Gluster and Sun Microsystems X4500 servers (Thumper), Partners build a centralized storage pool that has scaled to over 300TB. Read the full article at SearchStorage: Healthcare system rolls it’s own data storage ‘cloud’ for researchers.
Project Fondue is a team of experienced web developers who are passionate about making the web a better place for all. Check out their latest blog post and take a look at what software they used to build and set-up a redundant static cluster and how Gluster was used to cleanly share assets between servers.
More data means more storage — and more headaches. Jack discusses enterprise storage challenges with James Powell of Enterprise Systems Journal. We look at today’s storage challenges, the impact of open source storage solutions and server virtualization, and the storage trends to watch this year. Click here for the article: Enterprise Systems Journal
Tony Asaro from Contemplating IT blogs about Gluster including a Q&A with Jack and Kamal from the Gluster team.
“Gluster is a startup that is providing an open source file system. The most important thing to me about Gluster and why it matters is their go-to-market strategy. They basically have the Red Hat model giving the software away for free and charging for support. Assuming that the software is as good as they say it is – this model could be landscape changing.”
Read the full post on Tony’s Blog