You’re going to a storage company?!?


We announced today that I am joining Gluster as its new CEO.

People have been asking me why a guy from a Web 2.0 consumer company like Plaxo (or a consumer entertainment company like Plaxo’s parent, Comcast) would take on the CEO role at a fairly technical start up in the storage space.

The answer? I believe that first step in building a great company is to take on a big challenge. From my experiences at Comcast and Plaxo, I have seen one of these challenges first-hand.

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Hello World!

Welcome!  We’re very excited to launch our company blog.  Frankly, it’s about time!

Gluster was established back in 2005 as Z Research then re-branded to Gluster in 2009.  The company was founded with a goal of simplifying clustered computing on a foundation of open source software and commodity hardware and bringing it to the enterprise.

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Introducing Myself and Seeking Your Input and Continued Support

As I prepare to take on the role of CEO of Gluster, I wanted to send a quick note to the community. First, I want to thank you for your support of Gluster, and let you know it was a big factor that influenced my decision to join the company. We wouldn’t be anywhere without the passionate support (not to mention scrutiny, testing, advice, constructive criticism, and code contributions) from the members of the community. Second, I wanted to assure the community that I wouldn’t have taken on this role if I wasn’t committed to the open source model. I (and the rest of Gluster) remain convinced that embracing open source principles is key to producing better software, driving greater adoption, and ensuring greater compatibility. Finally, I wanted to let you know that I welcome your feedback, and that I can be reached at bgolub at gluster dot com. If you are interested, I have some further comments (slightly longer-winded) about my enthusiasm for joining Gluster on the new company blog.

/Ben Golub

Video: How to Create a Storage Volume and Mount on Clients

This short video will demonstrate how to set up and create a distributed storage volume and then export as GlusterFS native, NFS, and CIFS.

For more information visit our product page, or access the main documentation.

Cloud Development In Real Time – Update From EMC World

In discussion with Joe Tucci this week at EMC world, Joe stated that he saw two camps taking shape with regard to cloud solutions development: The Virtualization Camp and The Verticalization Camp. Tucci and EMC are clearly in The Virtualization Camp, and I agree with them in that this is the wave of the future. Virtualization, from servers to networks to storage is here and the future looks very bright indeed for solutions that will make IT operations easier and more cost efficient.

Computer Technology Review: The Future of Cloud Storage is NAS

CTO AB Periasamy discusses the future of cloud computing in the latest article from Computer Technology Review. He outlines reasons why Network Attached Storage (NAS) should be considered “the platform of choice for the cloud”. Read More.

Simple Steps to Setup Distributed Storage with GlusterFS From Source

Fredrik Poller blogs about how easy it is to setup distributed storage with GlusterFS starting from downloading the code. His setup contains two GlusterFS-servers and one client. Read more.

GlusterFS and Atmail

Atmail is an email platform that combines server (POP, IMAP, SMTP, CalDAV) functions with a sleek webmail interface.

Given the need for scalable and redundant storage for email files, we have decided to recommend and use GlusterFS for file distribution. See our blog post at: for our how-to.

Big Blue Rolls-Out Features For Systems Storage

During the weeks of April 12th and 19th, IBM announced the release of new features and functions for the IBM System Storage DS8700 and XIV, along with other enhancements and new products in their overall storage line up. Details of the whole announcement and a video with Doug Balog, IBM Storage Platform VP and Disk Storage Business Line Executive, can be located by clicking here.

Drupal Deployment in the Cloud Using Gluster

Evolving Web was involved in a project where their clients needed a site capable of serving a large number of anonymous users and a reasonable number of concurrently logged in users. In order to reach these goals, they looked to the cloud. This blog post gives a quick overview of their configuration using nginx, boost, apc, cacherouter, memcached, and Gluster. This configuration has allowed them to scale up considerably.

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LinuxInsider article: Next-Gen Linux File Systems

Gluster CTO AB Perisamy discusses emerging file systems for Linux…

With support for over 50 file systems, excluding user space implementations, GNU/Linux has been extremely successful at supporting file system innovation. That success has no doubt been aided by open source development. However, the storage industry is experiencing major architectural changes, and understanding emerging file systems — and how to apply them — is critical to keeping up with today’s demands.

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Video: How to Install Gluster Storage Platform

This 3-minute “how-to” video walks you through the Gluster Storage Platform installation process. For demonstration purposes we’ll show you how to install and configure a two-node storage cluster.

For more information visit our product page, or access the main documentation.