[Gluster-users] intended use cases

Anand Babu Periasamy ab at gluster.com
Mon Jul 6 00:29:34 PDT 2009

GlusterFS is a designed for general purpose scalable NAS workload. Goals are - massive 
scalability, parallelism and open standards hardware. We are working towards ease-of-use,
and management/monitoring framework.

We are adding a series of optimizations for virtualized/cloud computing environment in our 
upcoming releases. In terms of databases, we have not officially certified for any 
database implementations yet.

SAN is a network block device. If you need dedicated (exclusive) block access to your 
storage, then SAN is your choice. If you are using SAN as a backend for NAS, GlusterFS
works well there as well.

Anand Babu Periasamy
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Kent Tong wrote:
> Hi,
> What are the intended use cases for gluster? For example, is it suitable for,
> say, replacing a SAN? For example, is it good for the following?
> [ ] Storing a huge volume of seldom accessed files (file archive)
> [ ] Storing frequently read/write files (file server)
> [ ] Storing frequently read files (web server)
> [ ] Hosting databases
> [ ] Hosting VM images

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