[Gluster-devel] Roadmap and support questions.

Hitesh hitesh at zresearch.com
Sun May 13 03:27:16 UTC 2007

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...
> Glusterfs.
> 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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