Public and Private Cloud Storage
Amazon Web Services: The Only Way to Assure Storage High Availability
Scale Performance & Capacity linearly at 1/3 The Cost of Traditional Storage
Data centers have embraced the transition from an unmanageable number of physical servers to a more cost-effective and manageable infrastructure by deploying virtual machine technology. Unfortunately, storage has lagged behind in its evolution and integration into the virtual era.
Many data centers continue to struggle with costly and cumbersome monolithic storage technology, where logical units of storage need to be carved out, configured, and added to an overall pool of storage. This type of storage has become the Achilles heel of the modern data center. Data centers require a new approach to storage, a truly virtual approach to storage, which frees them from the costly and cumbersome legacy products of the past. The new virtual storage must integrate seamlessly with virtual machines and must work in public and private clouds.
Similarly, as cloud computing has evolved, so have the requirements for storage to meet this rapidly changing “on-demand” environment. Here again, storage has lagged behind in its evolution to meet the demands of users who embrace this burgeoning cost-effective and easy-to-acquire model of computing. Many cloud services providers are locked into expensive storage hardware products that are not easily reconfigured in real time, and in many cases users have no say as to which storage products will actually be deployed for their instance of computing.
Gluster has recognized the inability of hardware storage vendors to fill the gap of storage innovation in the public and private cloud environments and delivered to market the Gluster Virtual Storage Appliance.
Gluster Virtual Storage Appliances provide you with the ability to linearly scale-out NAS storage capacities from a few terabytes to multiple petabytes, realizing the benefits of linear performance increases and overall reductions in storage hardware costs. With Virtual Storage Appliances, you can manage the explosive growth of unstructured data in a unified global namespace in public or private cloud environments.
Data center virtual machine users and administrators, along with cloud service providers and users, are now free from the constraints of costly, hard to manage, monolithic storage environments.
Gluster offers the following Virtual Storage Appliances:
The Virtual Storage Appliance for Amazon Web Services public cloud packages GlusterFS as an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) allowing you to provision high availability, shared storage in Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) environments. Scale out your storage on-demand to accommodate changing workloads, and pay for storage resources only when you need them.
The Virtual Storage Appliance for RightScale simplifies deployment, management and monitoring of Gluster’s scale-out storage technology on the RightScale Cloud Management Platform. Deploying in minutes, customers manage data growth in a single global namespace in the cloud environment. Customers use Gluster to extend the scalability and cost-effective benefits of the RightScale Management Dashboard to their highly available cloud storage solution. RightScale customers pay only for what they require, with no downtime or service interruption.
The Virtual Storage Appliance deployed in the private cloud, packages GlusterFS in a virtual machine container optimized for ease of use with little to no configuration required. Seamlessly integrates with existing hypervisors, including VMware ESX, Redhat KVM, and Citrix Xen, allowing you to deploy virtual storage the same way you deploy virtual machines.