Gluster Introduces VMStor to Address Market Need for Scalable Virtual Machine Storage
Gluster, the leading provider of open source storage solutions, today announced VMStor, a new capability of Gluster storage which simplifies scalable NAS for virtual machine (VM) storage. Initially supporting VMware, the new VMStor capability significantly decreases the expense associated with storing VMs by eliminating the requirement to use a traditional storage area network (SAN) based environment which can be expensive to scale. Gluster VMStor scales to multiple petabytes and can store an unlimited number of VM images. Key capabilities such as VM-level snapshots and backup can be performed with a single mouse click or automated with existing tools and cloud management software. Gluster will be demonstrating VMStor in booth #440 at VMworld 2010, taking place August 30 – September 2 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
- Integrated with VMware user interface (UI): VMStor integrates seamlessly with the VMware user interface, no new tools or custom interfaces are required.
- VM-level snapshots: Snapshots are performed at the individual VM level for fine grained control. Snapshots are easily automated and also be controlled through a cloud management software stack. Snapshot operations are performed by Gluster on the storage server, freeing up CPU cycles on VMware ESX machines. Restoring a VM to a prior state is performed by simply copying the desired snapshot to the VM folder and restarting the virtual machine.
- Simple backup: Backup operations can be performed with one mouse click protecting your data in a remote location or in the cloud.
- Familiar file system architecture: VMStor supports standard NFS, requiring no specialized training and making it simple and easy to use.