Gluster Names Rob Bearden to Board of Directors

Open source veteran is current president of Hortonworks, former executive at JBOSS and SpringSource

Sunnyvale, Calif. – July 14, 2011 – Gluster, the leading provider of scale-out, open source storage solutions, today announced that Open Source leader Rob Bearden has joined the company’s board of directors. Throughout his 20-year career, Bearden has made significant contributions in the open source community. He is currently president and chief operating officer of Hortonworks, a company focused on adoption and maturation of the open source Apache Hadoop project. Previously, he served as president and chief operating officer of SpringSource until its acquisition by VMware (NYSE: VMW), as COO of JBOSS through its acquisition by RedHat (NYSE: RHT), and as chairman of the board of Pentaho. Bearden will support Gluster’s continued growth and will provide guidance to help further develop its open source community.

“Rob is a terrific addition to Gluster’s board of directors and is already bringing his expertise to bear as we grow our open source community and expand our commercial solutions,” said Ben Golub, president and CEO of Gluster. “Gluster is committed to providing innovative storage solutions for the data center and cloud environments to the enterprise, and Rob’s insight will help us to accelerate the growth of our open source community.”

Prior to SpringSource, Bearden served as entrepreneur in residence at Benchmark Capital, a venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley. He was also COO for OpenSpan, a desktop integration software provider. Previously Bearden served as COO for JBoss, the world’s leading open source middleware company, where he helped architect and execute the company’s business model, managed its worldwide operations, and orchestrated its acquisition by Red Hat in 2006. Bearden also served in senior roles at I2, Manhattan Associates, and Oracle, where he directed a $1 billion sales organization. In addition to Gluster, Bearden serves on the board of other successful open source companies, including Pentaho and Black Duck.

“Gluster has an enviable position in the market, because it has the unique technology and the capabilities to break open one of the last bastions of proprietary and monolithic technology in IT.” said Bearden. “I am honored to join Gluster’s board and work with a talented team that is leading the innovation in storage.”

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About Gluster Technology
Gluster’s software-only solutions let enterprises deploy storage the same way they deploy computing today–as a virtualized, commoditized, and scale-on-demand pool, radically improving storage economics. Combined with the customer’s choice of commodity computing and storage resources, Gluster can scale-out to petabytes of capacity and GB/s of throughput at a fraction of the cost of proprietary systems. Gluster ensures high availability with n-way replication both within and between public and private data centers. Gluster is deployable both on-premise (as a virtual appliance or bare-metal software appliance) and in public clouds such as Amazon Web Services. Gluster is the primary author and maintainer of the open-source GlusterFS software, which has been downloaded over 200,000 times.

About Gluster
Gluster is the leading provider of open source storage solutions for public, private and hybrid clouds. Over 150 enterprises worldwide have used Gluster in commercial deployments ranging from a few terabytes to multiple petabytes, across the most demanding applications in digital media delivery, healthcare, Internet, energy and biotech. Gluster is privately-held and headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. Visit us at

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Mindshare PR for Gluster

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