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City Network Selects Gluster Cloud Storage for Dynamic Cloud Services Platform
Gluster, the leading provider of scale-out, open source storage solutions, today announced City Network Hosting, a leading provider of hosting services, is using its storage solution for the company’s cloud services platform, City Cloud. Recently launched after more than 15 months in beta, City Cloud is a service used by more than 500 Swedish companies and is the first infrastructure as a service (IaaS) platform in Sweden. City Network chose Gluster cloud storage for its City Cloud offering due to its ability to provide the scalability and reliability needed to meet the company’s growing business demands without affecting performance.

"We believe our  business as a whole will, to a large extent, be judged on performance, as our  leading cloud solutions continue to grow. Our customers expect extreme  performance from their applications," said Johan Christenson, chairman of City  Network. "We need a storage solution like Gluster that delivers reliability and  can scale on-demand without hindering the quality of performance. Additionally,  with Gluster we didn't need to make the sacrifice of performance in order to  make it fit our budget. There are real savings in the fact that you can combine  off-the-shelf hardware, while at the same time creating a powerhouse of  reliability, scalability and performance."

As City Cloud  continues to grow, it relies heavily on the elastic scaling capabilities of  storage. This reliance makes it necessary for storage to have extreme growth  capacity, but most importantly to never sacrifice performance as that growth  kicks in. Customer applications run in virtual machines (VMs) that are hosted on  blade servers with multi-tenant access to the Gluster storage deployment. This  large scale VM environment requires storage that fits seamlessly in a  virtualized data center. In the event of a blade failure, VMs can migrate to a  new blade with continued access to the data. City Cloud uses Gluster's file  replication capabilities to ensure high availability of the data. VMs and  storage are provisioned dynamically and enable seamless growth.

Additionally, City Network needed a solution that easily  integrated with Enomaly Elastic Computing to deliver outstanding performance at  peak times, specifically by eliminating I/O bottlenecks that were experienced  with previous storage systems. Because of the success City Cloud is experiencing  with Gluster, City Network is planning to roll out Gluster for all of its  services - cloud, email, shared hosting, etc.

"As the demand for cloud services continues to increase,  service providers face some of the most difficult challenges ensuring their  storage environment is dependable and has the ability to survive hardware  failures," said AB Periasamy, co-founder and CTO of Gluster. "Gluster is  providing City Network with the reliable, highly scalable cloud storage it needs  to meet its customer demands. We look forward to the success of City Cloud and  watching City Network expand its deployment of Gluster into other areas of the  company."

Published Wednesday, March 30, 2011 6:04 PM by David Marshall
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