Gluster Community Expands to Drive Open Software-Defined Storage Innovation

  Gluster Community Expands to Drive Open Software-Defined Storage Innovation

   New Gluster Community Forge Brings Together Multiple Open Source Storage
                           Communities and Projects

Business Wire

RALEIGH, N.C. -- May 01, 2013

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source
solutions, today announced that the Gluster Community, a Red Hat-sponsored
community, has extended its charter from a single project to a multi-project
open source community for open software-defined storage. This expansion
addresses increasing interest in full-featured open software-defined storage
solutions and marks another milestone in the growth of the Gluster Community
from a tightly-controlled open core project to an open source ecosystem with a
rapidly growing number of projects and contributors.

The expanding role played by open source communities in the disruption of the
storage market is expected to fuel the growth of the new Gluster Community and
open software-defined storage. In an IDC Vendor Profile on Red Hat as a
Storage solutions provider, IDC stated, “The commoditization of storage and
the open source storage stack is in essence a disruptive and unstoppable force
that will change the ways of the traditional storage market dominated by
vendors selling proprietary hardware and software.”^1

To facilitate this expansion and provide a home for related projects, the
Gluster Community now includes the Gluster Community Forge, a Gitorious-based
collaborative development environment where like-minded developers and
organizations can incubate, develop and collaborate on new open software
defined storage projects. The Gluster Community Forge aims to accelerate the
growth of community-driven innovation around GlusterFS and greatly enhance
developer and user collaboration.

“The innovation taking place right now in the software industry is around open
source projects and ecosystems,” said Amanda McPhereson, vice president of
marketing and developer programs, The Linux Foundation. “The Gluster
Community's expansion to support an ecosystem for software-defined storage is
an example of how collaborative development and open source software can be
quickly adapted to address industry change.”

Initial new projects span an increasingly wider range of related storage
projects across manageability, mobility, security, availability, disaster
recovery, interoperability, and storage for big data and cloud computing.
Examples of new projects in the Gluster Community Forge include an HDFS
Plugin, pmux (file-based mapReduce), gflocator, SAMBA integration, and
Dispersed Volume. To include a project for incubation, visit
https://forge.gluster.org/projects/new to create a new project.

The Gluster Community has been on the leading edge of development since 2005
when GlusterFS project developers realized that the shift to storage software
on commodity hardware would have significant ramifications for the global
storage industry.

John Mark Walker, Gluster Community lead, Red Hat, said, “The Gluster
Community Forge and project expansion marks a significant milestone for the
Gluster Community. We continue to build momentum globally, growing from a
single, open core project to a global open source community with contributions
by individual engineers, educational and research communities and
organizations. Similar to the way the Fedora Community shaped software-defined
compute, the goal of the Gluster Community is to transform software-defined
storage.”

The Gluster Community uses community-driven innovation to enable organizations
to deploy an open software-defined storage fabric and platform that allows for
extreme data portability and mobility. GlusterFS is an open source,
distributed file system capable of scaling to several petabytes while handling
thousands of clients. Based on a stackable user space design, GlusterFS can
deliver linear scale-out performance for diverse workloads.

To interact with the Gluster Community on Twitter, follow @GlusterOrg. For
more information about the Gluster Community and the Gluster Community Forge
visit www.gluster.org.

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^1 November 2012, IDC #237976, Volume: 1
Storage Solutions: File-based Storage: Vendor Profile

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