Gluster Announces New Storage Appliance; Updates Continuous Data Replication Offering

Gluster, a provider of open source cloud storage solutions, announced the availability of the Gluster Storage Software Appliance, intended to extend the range of commercially supported configurations for Gluster in the private cloud and on-premise data center environments. This new product combines Red Hat CentOS and GlusterFS and can be deployed on any Red Hat Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) certified host server and its certified storage.

"The industry is becoming increasingly savvy to the fact that storage technology can make or break a public or private cloud deployment," says Ben Golub, president and CEO at Gluster. "Our new Storage Software Appliance delivers highly available, scale-out, on-demand storage technology that can integrate seamlessly with Red Hat technology in any private cloud or on-premise storage environment."

The Gluster Storage Software Appliance incorporates the latest version of GlusterFS (version 3.2), a new update to the company's continuous data replication solution. The new version includes geo-replication that provides continuous, asynchronous and incremental replication service from one site to another over local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs) and across the Internet.

Gluster's storage solution has already been available for deployment in public clouds as an Amazon Machine Image or RightScale Server Template; and in private clouds as a virtual storage appliance on top of hypervisors such as VMware, KVM, or Xen. There is also a non-commercially supported implementation of the open source GlusterFS.

Now, customers running private clouds or on-premise data centers can also now obtain commercial support for Gluster deployed as a software appliance in a non-virtualized, bare metal environment, the vendor says. In on-premise, private cloud environments Gluster says it offers up to three times the performance at one-third the cost of proprietary and monolithic scale-up storage solutions.

Users of the Storage Software Appliance can aggregate CPU, memory, and capacity into a single global namespace, scale out capacity and performance linearly on-demand, and benefit from improved storage economics via the use of commodity hardware, according to Gluster.

More information is available at the Gluster website.