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Gluster Brings Open Source to Unstructured Data

Aug 12, 2010, 18:36 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Drew Robb)

"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."

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