Gluster's technology also offers capabilities that are well suited to Red Hat's cloud computing strategy. Red Hat is actively building cloud solutions, as demonstrated by its IaaS/CloudForms and PaaS/OpenShift announcements made earlier this year. Red Hat executives noted that Gluster provides a leading open source storage solution for bridging the management of data from on premise to the cloud, calling this a key next-generation IT requirement.
With the acquisition, Red Hat gains value and expertise within the virtualization market since GlusterFS supports a number of hypervisor technologies, including KVM, Xen, and VMware, as well as Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) on Elastic Block Storage. Customers who choose to implement this clustered file system could use the cluster's internal replication to provide high-availability (HA) failover for running VMs. This purchase could also become part of Red Hat's response to VMware's vStorage APIs.
In a recent Q&A session, Red Hat provided an official response as to how it sees the Gluster acquisition fitting into the company's virtualization and cloud strategy:
We view Gluster to be a strong fit with Red Hat's virtualization and cloud products and strategies by bringing to storage the capabilities that we bring to servers today. By implementing a single namespace, Gluster enables enterprises to combine large numbers of commodity storage and compute resources into a high-performance, virtualized and centrally managed pool. Both capacity and performance can scale independent of demand, from a few terabytes to multiple petabytes, using both on-premise commodity hardware and public cloud storage infrastructure. By combining commodity economics with a scale-out approach, customers can achieve better price and performance, in an easy-to-manage solution that can be configured for the most demanding workloads.
But at the end of the day, when thinking about the acquisition, perhaps AB Periasamy, co-founder and CTO of Gluster, summed things up best by simply stating, "Gluster started off with a goal to be the Red Hat of storage. Now, we are the storage of Red Hat."
The deal is expected to close sometime this month, and Red Hat said it has plans to make new investments in sales and support to build up what it describes as a disruptive storage solution.
Red Hat added that it intends to market Gluster's GlusterFS and its Virtual Storage Appliance on a subscription basis, while integrating the company's technology into other as of yet unspecified products.
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