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City Network Selects Gluster Cloud Storage for Dynamic Cloud Services Platform

March 31, 2011 by  

Web Hosting BlogMilpitas, CA – 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.”

About Gluster
Gluster is an open storage software platform that delivers scale-out storage for public, private, and hybrid clouds. Our open-source software platform runs on commodity computing and storage resources (either on-premise or in the public cloud), enabling customers to scale performance, capacity, and availability on demand. Customers have scaled Gluster in building block fashion from a few terabytes to multiple petabytes to meet the most demanding capacity and performance needs at a fraction of the cost of traditional proprietary and monolithic systems. Gluster uses a unified global namespace to virtualize disk and memory resources into a single shared pool that is centrally managed. Our scalable virtual NAS appliances address the needs of traditional data centers, shared storage for virtual server environments, and both public and private storage clouds. Gluster is used by enterprises in a wide range of industries, including digital media delivery, healthcare, internet, energy, and biotech. Gluster is privately-held and headquartered in Milpitas, California.  Visit us at www.gluster.com

About City Network

With more than 10,000 customers in Scandinavia City Network is one of the leading hosting providers in northern Europe. City Network is the only Scandinavian hosting provider to offer a full suite of hosting related services from shared hosting to dedicated servers to cloud computing. In addition City Network is a registrar of many top level domains and offers a full suite of domain services. Visit us at www.citycloud.eu and www.citynetwork.eu for more information on our hosting services. Visit www.citycloud.se for Scandinavian version of City Cloud.

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