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Gluster's New Data Protection Tools

Along with a slew of other vendors, Gluster is busy trying to reduce the deleterious impact of storage on physical and virtual infrastructures via its software-only storage solutions. Its two newest products, GlusterFS 3.2 and Gluster Storage Software Appliance, are carrying on that battle by enabling enterprises to treat physical storage as a virtualized, standardized and scale-on-demand pool.

The idea is to free users from the constraints of "proprietary, monolithic storage architectures" by allowing them to create "scalable, high-performance, and highly available storage either in the public cloud or on their choice of commodity software within the data center."

Moving storage to the cloud is becoming more popular as users slowly accept the reality that their data is just as safe in the cloud as it is in their data centers. That notion is bolstered by the advent of Gluster FS 3.2, which features continuous data replication for public and private clouds. V3.2 also features upgraded multi-tenant management for private and public clouds via usage quotas and monitoring tools for improved visibility into I/O operations profiles and performance stats.

The Gluster Storage Software Appliance reportedly extends the range of commercially supported configurations for Gluster in the private cloud and on-premise data centers. It combines Red Hat CentOS and GlusterFS and can be deployed on "any Red Hat Hardware Compatibility List certified host server and its certified storage."

Posted by Bruce Hoard on 05/10/2011 at 12:48 PM


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