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Gluster Becomes Member of Open Virtualization Alliance

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June 27, 2011

Gluster Becomes Member of Open Virtualization Alliance

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

Gluster, a provider of scale-out, open source storage for public and private clouds, announced it has joined the Open Virtualization Alliance.

The Open Virtualization Alliance is working to help provide businesses with education and technical advice to better understand and evaluate virtualization options. Existing open source communities are joining together to provide best practices on managing the development of the KVM hypervisor and its associated capabilities.

“Over the last few years, we’ve witnessed rapid growth in the KVM community as organizations look to virtualize their compute infrastructure. Gluster enables them to virtualize their storage layer providing greater flexibility at a lower cost,” said Ben Golub, president and CEO of Gluster, in a statement.

“Joining the Open Virtualization Alliance is a great opportunity to work alongside other leading software vendors to help organizations evaluate and better understand their virtualized storage choices.”

The Gluster Virtual Storage Appliance for KVM enables organizations to accelerate their move to the cloud and leverage their current infrastructure assets.

Leveraging Gluster, enterprises will have the ability to combine commodity compute and storage into a virtualized, standardized, and centrally managed storage pool. With GlusterFS, the software platform, organizations can deploy high-performance NAS storage cost effectively.

“We are very pleased to welcome Gluster into the Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA),” said Scott Crenshaw, vice president and general manager, Cloud Business at Red Hat (News - Alert) and a founding member of the Open Virtualization Alliance.

“This groundswell of support for the Open Virtualization Alliance from industry leaders and innovators shows the overwhelming demand for KVM as the open virtualization alternative. KVM delivers leading performance, scalability and security, making it the ideal alternative to proprietary virtualization technologies.”

Recently, Gluster announced that it is assisting Pandora (News - Alert), a personalized radio service, to manage its growing data storage infrastructure. Pandora has deployed over 250 terabytes of Gluster storage to hold its vast music collection that reaches more than 75 million registered users in the United States.

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Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by John Lahtinen

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