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.”

Read the full post on scalability.org

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.

For more information visit our product page, or access the main documentation.

Cloud Development In Real Time – Update From EMC World

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.

Computer Technology Review: The Future of Cloud Storage is NAS

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.

Simple Steps to Setup Distributed Storage with GlusterFS From Source

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.

GlusterFS and Atmail

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.