Gluster Brings Open Source to Unstructured Data
Aug 12, 2010, 18:36 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Gluster is an open source startup that most people in storage
have never heard of. Yet its value proposition could spell trouble
for the big boys and potentially send the prices of proprietary
hardware crashing down.
"Its flagship product, the Gluster Storage Platform, is aimed
primarily at unstructured data. It combines open source software
with commodity server hardware to deliver a low-cost platform that
holds a whole lot of data. We are talking multiple petabytes, with
the ability to scale up or down at will to meet capacity and
performance requirements. It achieves this with pooling and
virtualizing storage resources under a unified global namespace
managed as a single entity.
"The most growth right now is in unstructured data, said Ben
Golub, president and CEO, of Gluster. This, he said, is driven by
media, scientific and Web 2.0 applications."