The Future of Cloud Storage talk – Video, Slides and Photos

Our co-founder and CTO, AB Periasamy, made the trek to box.net to present his (and Gluster’s) vision of the future of cloud storage. Like everything else, storage is increasingly decoupled from the physical media that one normally associates with it, ie. disk drives and hardware. While the virtualization of the storage layer might lag the speed that compute power and everything else has been virtualized, things are now proceeding at a very fast pace. It feels good to know that Gluster is at the vanguard of this movement.

Here is video of AB’s presentation:

http://www.ustream.tv/flash/viewer.swf

And here are his slides, hosted at Slideshare:

Future of cloud storage

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Look for more multimedia presentations soon!

New Release: GlusterFS 3.2.1

Come and get ’em! GlusterFS 3.2.1 has just been released – it’s a maintenance release with performance enhancements and bug fixes. Packages are available for RHEL, Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, CentOS and source tarball. Visit our download page at gluster.org/download

Here is a rundown of issues fixed in this release:

  • Bug 2294: Fixed the issue occurred during creating and sharing of volumes with both RDMA and
    TCP/IP transport type.
  • Bug 2522: Fixed the issue of invalid argument while removing a file. This was caused by gfid mismatch, which happens during distribute rename.
  • Bug 2553: Fixed the issue occurred during NFS file creation with Mac client.
  • Bug 2904: Fixed the issues occurred during upgrading from 3.1.x version to 3.2.x.
  • Bug 2949: Fixed the issue of glusterfs hanging when self-heal command is issued on two glusterfs clients.
  • Bug 2941: Fixed the issue of glusterd breaking down when starting hundreds of volumes.
  • Bug 2870: Fixed the issue of inconsistent xattr values when creating bricks.
  • Bug 2994: Fixed the issue of glusterfs hanging when untar and rm commands are run in parallel.

You can find community support at community.gluster.org, gluster-users mailing list, or on IRC at #gluster on freenode.

Release notes are available here.

Monolithic Scale-Out NAS Is Out Of Gas

The cloudwashing that’s running rampant throughout the storage industry has clearly got to stop. My latest observation is that traditional monolithic scale-out NAS vendors are so aggressively selling their offerings for the cloud that their claims are completely out of control.

Monolithic Scale-Out NAS Is Out Of Gas

The cloudwashing that’s running rampant throughout the storage industry has clearly got to stop. My latest observation is that traditional monolithic scale-out NAS vendors are so aggressively selling their offerings for the cloud that their claims are completely out of control.

Empire State of Mind: Cloud Expo, Cloud Camp, AWS Summit

Next week is all about cloud computing in New York, with special appearances by Gluster at Cloud Expo, Cloud Camp and the AWS Summit. We’re in an empire state of mind!

Here are the particulars for each:

Cloud Expo

Cloud Expo runs from Monday, June 6 through Thursday, June 9. Come by and visit us in booth #250, where we will lavish you with t-shirts and software demos.

Cloud Camp

Cloud Camp NY takes place on Tuesday, June 7 from 5:30 to 9:30 pm EDT. I will a lightning talk, and those start at 6:15. I’ll post pics, video and any slides here afterwards.

AWS Summit

And finally, we’ll be at the AWS Summit on Friday, June 10, starting at 8:30 am EDT. Looks like a great program for attendees!

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

Webinar: Award winning scale-up and scale-out storage for Xen

The Gluster Virtual Storage Appliance for Xen won the award for Accelerating Cloud Adoption at the recent Citrix Synergy conference. Join Tom Trainer, Director of Product Marketing at Gluster, as he gives an overview of the features and capabilities of this new product and hear how Gluster provides scale-out and scale-up storage for Xen based virtual environments. We will finish the end of the webcast with a live Q&A session to answer any questions you may have.

When: June 3, 2011 – 10:00 PDT/13:00 EDT/17:00 UTC

Register here.

Gluster Wins “Best of Show” at Citrix Synergy SF 2011

Everyone likes to receive awards and positive recognition. But when you win not one but two awards – one of them a “best of show” award – at a prestigious industry event, you can’t help but be thrilled and feel like you’ve hit the big time.

Gluster has been awarded Best of Show for the Gluster Virtual Storage Appliance for Xen at the Citrix Synergy™ Conference this week. Described as a “superior horizontally scalable storage solution for the cloud,” the Gluster Virtual Storage Appliance also received the Best Partner Solution for Accelerating Cloud Action award. (Holy long award names, Batman)

Now, we already believe our solution is great. You can’t fake this kind of commitment: If we weren’t confident in the value we can bring to people, we couldn’t innovate or work as hard and enthusiastically as we do. The awards are a tribute to our employees’ passion and dedication. Awards spur us to push even harder, to want to do even more to keep delivering what organizations and our loyal community members need. The need for scalable storage solutions will only grow as more companies move to the cloud computing model and as the challenge of managing gigantic amounts of unstructured data worsens.

Gluster Virtual Storage Appliance for Xen is one of the results of our technological innovation and passion. Specifically designed for Xen environments, the Gluster Virtual Storage Appliance for Xen linearly scales availability, performance and capacity to multiple petabytes. It can be deployed on almost any commodity compute and storage hardware supported by the Xen hypervisor, treating both application data and virtual machine images as files and folders.

We’ll be hosting a free webinar this week to provide more specifics on the Gluster Virtual Storage Appliance for Xen. The webinar will be this Friday, June 3, at 10 am PT / 1 pm ET and will feature Tom Trainer, our director of product marketing. If you’re interested in attending, please register here.

Gluster Wins Best of Show at Citrix Synergy 2011

Innovative cloud storage solutions provider takes home top award and is also honored as Best Partner Solution for Accelerating Cloud Action; hosting free webinar to provide specifics on integration with Citrix

Sunnyvale, Calif. – May 31, 2011 – – Gluster, the leading provider of scale-out, open source storage solutions for private and public clouds, has been awarded Best of Show for the Gluster Virtual Storage Appliance for Xen at the Citrix Synergy™ Conference. The Gluster Virtual Storage Appliance also received the Best Partner Solution for Accelerating Cloud Action award. The Best of Synergy awards spotlight the most powerful and exciting solutions in cloud and virtualization technologies, and the Best of Show award is given to the best overall solution showcased at the conference.

Gluster will also host a free webinar this week to provide more specifics on the Gluster Virtual Storage Appliance for Xen. The webinar will be Friday, June 3, at 1 p.m. ET and will feature Tom Trainer, Gluster’s Director of Product Marketing. To register to attend, visit http://www2.gluster.com/webinars/xen-virtual-appliance.

Gluster’s software-only storage solutions give enterprises the ability to treat physical storage as a virtualized, standardized and scale-on-demand pool in much the same way they treat computing resources today, radically improving storage economics in the process. Freeing enterprises from the constraints of current storage architectures, Gluster enables IT organizations to create scalable, high performance, and highly available storage either in the public cloud or on their choice of commodity hardware within the data center.

Gluster Virtual Storage Appliance for Xen is specifically designed for Xen® environments and linearly scales availability, performance and capacity to multiple petabytes. Gluster Virtual Storage Appliance for Xen can be deployed on almost any commodity compute and storage hardware supported by the Xen hypervisor, treating both application data and virtual machine images as files and folders.

“Being awarded Best of Show and Best Partner Solution for Accelerating Cloud Action is a great achievement for Gluster,” said Ben Golub, president and CEO of Gluster. “We are passionate and dedicated to providing next-generation storage solutions that advance cloud computing adoption, and we are thrilled to be recognized by Citrix for our efforts to help IT overcome the challenges that are a natural result of transitioning from traditional computing methods to the modern model.”

A panel of judges—executives from Citrix and IDG’s Computerworld magazine—selected the three category winners and Best of Synergy winner based on nominations, demos and input from attendee voting. The winners were recognized during the Synergy general session last week.

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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 www.gluster.com.

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Citrix Synergy 2011 – Gluster from VMblog on Vimeo.