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He said that the VMware version is more likely to be of interest to solution providers, many of whom already build virtual appliances for customers. "The Amazon AMI, however, is part of a public cloud model, and customers usually handle that directly," he said.
For VMware environments, the software is priced at $4,000 per year, per virtual machine with 9-by-5 support, or $5,000 per year per virtual machine with 24-by-7 support, O'Brien said. That price holds regardless of the capacity of the virtual appliance.
About 40 percent of Gluster's sales go through its solution provider channel, which currently includes about 12 registered partners, O'Brien said. The company is interested in recruiting new partners with NAS experience who are looking for ways to augment their current storage practice, or VMware partners looking to augment their virtualization practice with storage, he said.