Gluster is now available as an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) for Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers in the AWS Tokyo region. The Gluster AMI is a virtual storage appliance that enables customers to create:
- highly available storage pools in less than one hour
- that can scale to hundreds of terabytes
- with replication across Amazon availability zones
- with the ability to generate 100s of MB/s of throughput.
The Gluster AMI is deployed on Amazon EC2 instances and EBS storage, aggregating both computing and storage resources in a single namespace, and distributing the workload to minimize performance variability.
With this latest announcement, the Gluster AMI can be deployed in the Tokyo Region of Amazon Web Services. The AMI is available for a free 30-day trial, which can be useful both for Gluster commercial customers to try the product, as well as Gluster Open Source users who want to test Gluster in various configurations (e.g. # of nodes, various workloads) without the hassle of acquiring or configuring hardware.
After the 30-day trial is completed, customers can purchase subscriptions on a monthly or yearly basis, which are priced on the number of EC2 instances used. However, Gluster will make free annual subscriptions available to any businesses, non-profits, or educational institutions adversely affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami.