Gluster Introduces NAS Virtual Appliances for VMware, Amazon Web Services
The appliances are designed for virtual environments and run on any VMware certified hardware or Amazon cloud platforms.Open source storage solutions specialist Gluster announced the release of its Virtual Storage Appliances specifically designed for virtual machine and cloud environments. The appliances are designed to give small to medium-size businesses (SMBs) the ability to treat physical storage as a virtualized, standardized, and scale-on-demand pool in much the same way that they treat computing resources today, improving storage economics in the process. The VMware Virtual Storage Appliance integrates GlusterFS into a virtual machine for deployment on any VMware certified hardware or cloud platform. For Amazon Web Services (AWS), GlusterFS is packaged in an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) for deployment on the AWS public cloud. The appliances are Gluster storage servers that pool storage resources under a global namespace with elastic volume management for data growth and migration with no downtime.
"The interest in scale-out storage has significantly increased recently as enterprises look for the most effective way to address scalability and manageability in such highly dynamic environments as the cloud," said Terri McClure, a senior analyst at IT research firm Enterprise Strategy Group. "Gluster's new offering is representative of the types of major breakthroughs we're seeing in storage technology for VM and cloud environments, delivering the scale-out architecture that is needed in a highly responsive manner thanks to its software approach to the problem."