GlusterFS among the elite!

Score one more for Red Hat Storage! In case you didn’t hear, GlusterFS is the proud recipient of a 2015 Bossie Award, InfoWorld’s top picks in open source datacenter and cloud software. Highly influential worldwide among technology and business decision makers alike, the IDC publication selected GlusterFS as one of its top picks for 2015.

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What Can a Paper Shredder Teach Us About Big Data?

by Irshad Raihan, Red Hat Storage – Big Data Product Marketing

The trusty paper shredder in my home office died last week. I’m in the market for a new one. Years ago, when I purchased “Shreddy” (of course, it had a name) after a brief conversation with a random store clerk, choices were few and information scarce. In fact, paper shredders weren’t really considered standard personal office equipment as they are today. Most good shredders were built for offices not homes. Back in the market more than a decade later, it’s clear that the search for a new shredder is going to be trickier than I had imagined.

A paper shredder is a lot like big data.

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Linux, Gluster and the FRANKENSTEIN MONSTER!!!

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What do open source software solutions like the Linux operating system and the Gluster distributed file system have in common w/ the Frankenstein Monster? Don’t know?!? Arrrgghhh!!!

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The Data Life Cycle Has Changed. Are You Ready?

by Irshad Raihan, Red Hat Storage – Big Data Product Marketing

Digital data has been around for centuries in one form or the other. Commercial tabulating machines have been available since the late 1800’s when they were used for accounting, inventory and population census. Why then do we label today as the Big Data age? What dramatically changed in the last 10-15 years that has the entire IT industry chomping at the bit?

More data? Certainly. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg. There are two big drivers that have contributed to the classic V’s (Volume, Variety, Velocity) of Big Data. The first is the commoditization of computing hardware – servers, storage, sensors, cell phones – basically anything that runs on silicon. The second is the explosion in the number of data authors – both machines and humans.

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Red Hat at 2014 Hadoop Summit this week (June 3-5)

The Big Data community is converging on San Jose, CA this week (June 3-5) for 2014 Hadoop Summit. If you plan to attend, please be sure to stop by the Red Hat booth (#G18) to learn more about Red Hat’s Big Data solution. More details are available here: http://www.redhat.com/about/news/archive/2014/6/red-hat-at-hadoop-summit-san-Jose-gaining-bigger-advantage-from-all-enterprise-data%5B/

And to sign up for 2014 Hadoop Summit, register here: http://hadoopsummit.org/san-jose/

See you at the conference!

Manageability Becoming A Key Component of Open, Software Defined Storage (Red Hat Storage Console Now Available!)

By Steve Bohac, Red Hat Storage Product and Solution Marketing

Open software-defined storage is transforming the way organizations tackle their data management challenges. We are seeing that more and more customers are realizing that an open software-based approach can create opportunities to significantly reduce costs and efficiently contend with their exploding data landscape. Additionally, open software-defined storage solutions can help discover new roles and value for enterprise storage.

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Red Hat’s Approach with Open, Software Defined Storage (A Four Part Series)

Part 2: Community Driven Innovation

By Steve Bohac, Red Hat Storage Product Marketing

Two weeks ago, we posted the blog “Open Software Defined Storage – Don’t Get Fooled By The False ‘Open’ and Get Locked-In Again”. Coincident with that blog, the IT analyst firm Gartner placed ‘Software Defined Anything’ in its list for Top IT Trends for 2014. With this proclamation, as well as recent discussions in the storage market about software-defined storage, we wanted to spend some time to discuss the graphic shown in our original blog and what Red Hat’s approach is to this important and growing market trend and why we believe that a truly open approach will ultimately win the day. Today’s entry is the second in a four part mini-series.

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Red Hat’s Approach with Open, Software Defined Storage (A Four Part Series)

Part 1: Open, Software-Defined Storage

by Steve Bohac, Red Hat Storage Product Marketing

Hopefully, by now you have seen the below graphic before. Two weeks ago, we posted the blog “Open Software Defined Storage – Don’t Get Fooled By The False ‘Open’ and Get Locked-In Again”.

Additionally, Gartner recently placed ‘Software Defined Anything’ in it’s list for Top IT Trends for 2014. With this proclamation, as well as recent discussions in the storage market about software-defined storage, we wanted to spend some time to discuss the graphic shown in that blog and what Red Hat’s approach is to this important and growing market trend and why a truly open approach will ultimately win the day. Today’s entry will begin a four part mini-series.

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Open Software Defined Storage – Don’t get fooled by the false “Open” and get locked-in once again

By Scott Clinton @ Redhat

Open software-defined storage is transforming the way organizations tackle their data management challenges. More and more of companies are seeing how it can open up the opportunity to significantly reduce costs, efficiently contend with the exploding data landscape, and support today’s increasingly software-defined and hybrid datacenter all while discovering the new roles and value software-based storage platforms can bring, now that open software-defined storage is enabling organization to take data, as is, out of the box.

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Please allow me to introduce myself…

As Gluster’s newly-annointed community guy, I wanted to give a big “Hello” to the Gluster community. After a 3-year hiatus from commercial open source projects, it feels great to be back in the saddle. A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I was charged with building developer communities (we called them foundries) for SourceForge.net. Since then, I’ve been involved in a couple of startups, including Hyperic. Most recently, I was at Splunk. As great as that was – and it was pretty great – there was definitely something missing. That something was the good will that comes from empowering anyone with smarts and desire to create things out of the building blocks you gave them. Useful, productive things that power economies, stimulate innovation, and lift others out of poverty. Having dabbled on the other side of the fence for the last three years, I can now say with some authority that this is only possible with open source; everything else falls just short of granting a community the level of control and power they need to really own their involvement.

Of course, Gluster, Inc. is no non-profit, so it doesn’t hurt that giving free software to the world also gives us a competitive advantage in the storage industry. I was intrigued by the co-founders’ belief that the future of storage is in the software, and the industry-wide movement towards clouds and virtualization corroborate this view. The last generation of proprietary software tightly bound to a proprietary hardware layer simply doesn’t make sense in a world where abstraction layers blur where computing resources begin and end. It is now relatively easy to add memory and compute power, but storage is the final frontier for distributed computing. Now, with GlusterFS, we can add petabytes of storage, decoupled from specific devices and blocks for greater elasticity and scalability. Gluster provides high availability by synchronously replicating files locally with our n-Way replication and across large geographic distances with asynchronous Geo-replication, and – most importantly – we do it all elastically. As an added bonus, we give you this without requiring developers to re-write their code. It’s an open source community guy’s dream: rock-solid open source foundation, dynamic user and developer community, cutting edge cloud computing, and adding value for customers and community participants around the world.

I’m here because, frankly, we need to establish a more productive dialogue with our user and developer communities. If there are particular community-related topics you’d like to hear about, let me know! And if there’s anything you would like to see us do (or not do) vis a vis the Gluster community, write about it in the comments below. You can reach me in a myriad of ways:

On Twitter, I’m @johnmark and I often post under the @gluster handle. I’m ‘johnmark’ on our IRC channel, #gluster at irc.freenode.net, and I post to our Facebook page, too. And finally, if you must send me email, you may contact me at jwalker ‘at’ gluster.com.

I look forward to seeing your comments in the space below, and elsewhere. Drop me a line!

-John Mark