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Gluster Expands Open-Source Scale-out NAS

Feb 09, 2011, 01:35 (0 Talkback[s])

"Open-source storage vendor Gluster has introduced a couple of new additions to its scale-out NAS platform. The company claims these are the first scale-out virtual NAS appliances for VMware and Amazon Web Services (AWS). Known as the Gluster Virtual Storage Appliances, they come in two flavors – one for virtual machines (VMs) and one for Amazon-based clouds.

"The VMware Virtual Storage Appliance integrates the Gluster File System (GlusterFS) into a virtual machine for deployment on any VMware-certified hardware or cloud platform, and can be deployed in minutes. For Amazon Web Services, GlusterFS is packaged in an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) for deployment on the AWS public cloud.

""This is the next step in virtualization – deploying storage resources in a similar way to compute resources," said Jack O'Brien, vice president of marketing at Gluster. "The software enables the pooling of back-end disk."

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