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16 March 2011, 16:21

Gluster becomes latest member of OpenStack community

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The cloud and virtual storage company, Gluster, has announced that it has joined the OpenStack community. The software-only Gluster file system, GlusterFS, is an open-source file system that aggregates multiple storage servers into a single network file system; the company claims that it gives improved performance, improved linear scalability and higher reliability. Gluster recently partnered with existing OpenStack member RightScale to offer Gluster's software-only storage system on RightScale cloud environments. Anand Babu Periasamy, Gluster's founder and CTO said "OpenStack shares a common vision of delivering open source technology and supporting cloud standards so companies can take full advantage of the benefits of cloud computing".

The OpenStack project was launched by NASA and Rackspace to develop a solution for cloud computing services that can run on standard hardware. A Gluster representative told The H that "Gluster feels the OpenStack community is growing and evolving fairly rapidly, recent changes to the governance reflect that, further refine the structure, and seem to be more inclusive."

Gluster has already made code contributions to OpenStack. It is planning its first contributed enhancement to the project details of which will be announced at the OpenStack Developer Conference on April 2011, being held in Santa Clara, California. Gluster's AGPL licenced software is available to download from its community site.

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