Gluster Named as One of the Top 25 Coolest Emerging Vendors in 2011 by CRN

Leading storage provider chosen for its open source, software-only, scale-out NAS storage solution for on-premise, virtual, public and private cloud environments

Sunnyvale, Calif. – August 22, 2011 – Gluster, the leading provider of scale-out, open source storage solutions, today announced the company has been selected by CRN as one of the “25 Coolest Emerging Vendors” in 2011. Gluster is one of the hot startups handpicked from 170 companies to be part of CRN’s Emerging Vendors 2011 list, an annual report that names the most innovative emerging vendors in the technology industry. To be included on CRN’s Emerging Vendors list, companies must have a strong strategy to leverage the channel.

Over the past year, Gluster has built and launched a channel strategy from the ground up, signing more than 40 new partners. The Gluster channel team works hard to define the right partner types, routes to market, contribution mix, and partner profiles and to ensure readiness tools such as sales, marketing and services are provided to Gluster partners.

Gluster’s software-only, scale-out NAS solutions let enterprises deploy storage the same way they deploy computing today–as a scale-on-demand pool running on commodity hardware, radically improving storage economics. Combined with the customer’s choice of physical or virtual resources, Gluster can scale-out to petabytes of capacity and GB/s of throughput at a fraction of the cost of proprietary systems. Gluster is the primary author and maintainer of the open-source GlusterFS software, which has been downloaded over 200,000 times.

“Gluster is honored to be named one of CRN’s 25 coolest emerging vendors for 2011. We are among an amazing group of innovative companies all changing the face of technology,” said Lori Budin, VP of channels and partnerships at Gluster. “Recognition like this validates our commitment to providing our partners with the next-generation of storage solution that allow them to deliver customers cost-effective, highly scalable storage for their private and public cloud deployments.”

To view the full list of CRN’s 2011 Emerging Vendors winners visit here, and the complete list of the 25 Coolest Emerging Vendors for 2011 can be viewed here.

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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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Media Contact:
Danielle Tarp
Mindshare PR for Gluster

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