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Red Hat Acquiring Cloud Storage Company Gluster 34

Posted by Soulskill
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Julie188 writes "One of the more interesting aspects of Red Hat's acquisition of virtual storage vendor Gluster on Tuesday is how it drags Red Hat into bed with its cloud competitor OpenStack. Red Hat made waves over the summer in the open source community when one of its executives threw punches at OpenStack's community, saying the community amounted to not much more than a bunch of press releases. In July, Gluster contributed its Connector for OpenStack. It enables features such as live migration of VMs, instant boot of VMs, and movement of VMs between clouds on a GlusterFS environment. While Fedora has already said that its upcoming Fedora 16 would support OpenStack, Fedora is a community distro and not beholden to Red Hat. However, Red Hat today promised that it would continue to support and maintain Gluster's contribution to OpenStack. It didn't, however, to promise to quit the smack talk."
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Red Hat Acquiring Cloud Storage Company Gluster

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  • This is great news, Redhat will keep it open source. I'm glad Oracle didn't get their hands on it and commercialize it like they did MySQL (The commercial plugins in 5.5.16 is what I'm referencing). I much prefer Redhat's approach.
    • by Sadsfae (242195)

      This is great news, Redhat will keep it open source. I'm glad Oracle didn't get their hands on it and commercialize it like they did MySQL (The commercial plugins in 5.5.16 is what I'm referencing).

      I much prefer Redhat's approach.

      I couldn't agree more, they have a track record for doing the right thing.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Could you try a little harder to gin up some phony controversy around Fedora?

  • Less insane support? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Maybe it will become part of the RHEL distro now, instead of the insane support contracts they had, at $800/node per year for 5 email support calls. For a FS that works better on more nodes... we quickly went running when they told us the costs. That kind of support doesn't work well on a cluster.

    • by gbr (31010)

      We were quoted on two Gluster servers, replicated. The answer was 'no support on Ubuntu', we'd have to switch to their ISO install, and $8500/yr for support.

      • Truth is, RedHat seems only to be pissed of that OpenStack is an Ubuntu product. Currently, as much as I know, there's only a SUSE RPM repository. Fedora guys might want to try to port, but that wont ever be the upstream distribution of choice. At least 3 core developers in OpenStack are old Canonical employees, and they still have write access to the Ubuntu repositories. OpenStack has a real open source spirit, with even open source governance. There's lots of companies that already do support for it. We'd

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