An Acquisition… What a Show!

As you may have heard by now, Red Hat has announced that they are acquiring Gluster. Here’s just a sampling of reading material on the acquisition from the parties involved:

And here are just some of the press articles I’ve seen today (feel free to add your own favorites in the comments:

As Gluster’s “Voice of the community,” I’m super excited. When I first walked through the doors of Gluster back in May of this year, the first thought that came to mind was, Why haven’t more people heard about this? The technology behind GlusterFS is trend-setting, leading-the-market type stuff, and I immediately set about spreading the news far and wide. In Brian Stevens’ post announcing the acquisition, he specifically referenced our thriving community as a factor, and the fact that many Red Hat customers already use GlusterFS in their data centers.

When it comes to our thriving community, I have to give credit where it’s due – the many engineers, support staff, and long-suffering volunteers who donated their precious time to improving documentation and making life easier for new users. Joe Julian, our star community member, has written a blog post that spells this out in more detail. The fact is, without people like Joe Julian, Samuli ‘samppah’ Heinonen, Louis ‘semiosis’ Zuckerman, Jeff ‘jdarcy’ Darcy, Adam ‘m0zes’ Tygart, Tim ‘Heebie’ Herbert and others, we wouldn’t be where we are today. If you’ve entered the #gluster IRC channel, then you have no doubt benefited from Joe’s efforts – he isn’t lying when he says he made that channel into the friendly place it is today. Joe, Jeff Darcy, and many others have contributed so much to the project because they felt it was worth their time to invest in its success, and we are very grateful for that.

I am very proud of what our community has been able to accomplish, and I’m proud of what I’ve been able to add in the short time I’ve been here thus far. I look forward to many future successes for the participants in the GlusterFS community.


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