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Re: [Gluster-devel] Roadmap and support questions.

From: Hitesh
Subject: Re: [Gluster-devel] Roadmap and support questions.
Date: Sat, 12 May 2007 20:27:16 -0700
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Hello Francisco and Guten Tag Steffen

Wanted to introduce myself and Z Research, Inc. to you since you asked about commercial support; Z Research is the business face of Gluster and I am one of the co-founders and CEO of Z Research, Inc.

Z Research was officially formed in June 2005 by AB (Anand Babu) aka "rooty" who is the CTO and myself with the goal of commoditizing Supercomputing and Superstorage and in the process validating yet another a business model around "Free Software", thus evangelizing "Free Software" and promoting the fact building businesses around "Free Software" is the way forward.

We have our roots in VA Linux Systems and our engineers were the core of the team that deployed the world's second fastest Supercomputer "Thunder" (Top 500 June 2004); it was a cluster of 4,096 Itanium 2 processors (1,024 x 4-way nodes), 8TB of RAM and 200TB Storage. Essentially, our forte is Clustering and as you can see, we enabled existing File Systems to have clustering ability instead of writing another Clustered File System from scratch.

Gluster is a complete clustering stack comprising of components that address building of Clustered File Storage (GlusterFS), HPC Clusters (GlusterHPC), Visualization Cluster (GlusterViz - to be released in the future), Database Clusters (GlusterDB - to be released in the future) and Single System Image (GlusterSSI - to be released in the future).

Currently our focus is the storage vertical and we already have customer deployments for GlusterFS - Stanford SEP and a very large Oil Company; GlusterHPC also has been deployed in a number of places. Our customer base also includes the likes of GE and Thermawave.

The business model is akin to the Red Hat business model where the customer pays enterprise class support. We also provide full blown professional services around GlusterFS and GlusterHPC right from designing the solution, hardware selection, supervising integration of the hardware (done by our partners Amax & Synnex), on-site deployment and customer training.

Feel free to write to me if you have any queries or need more information..

Best regards & thanks


Hitesh Chellani
Tel: 510-354-6801
Mobile: 510-754-3258
Commoditizing Supercomputing and Superstorage!

Francisco Reyes wrote:
Steffen Grunewald writes:

Avati asked for suggestions a few days ago (on this list), and there's some
traffic on IRC (#gluster) as well.
For Avati's request, please consult the mailing list archive (May 1).

Will lookup his post. Thanks.

Ahum, are you talking about gluster or glusterfs? Two different cups of tea...

The site has a footer that says to write/call to zresearch.
For a newbie like me.. that was the first thing I saw.

I suppose it's too early to ask for commercial support yet (given that the first code checkin happened less than 9 months ago)... but nobody will stop
you to ask for it :-)

Can the roadmap be influenced by funding?
Is this a mix open source/commercial type of setup or purely open source?

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