Announcing Gluster Storage Release 6 for Oracle Linux

March 5, 2020 | 3 minute read
Simon Coter
Director, Oracle Linux and Virtualization Product Management
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The Oracle Linux and Virtualization team is pleased to announce the release of Gluster Storage Release 6 for Oracle Linux, bringing customers higher performance, new storage capabilities and improved management.

Gluster Storage is an open source, POSIX compatible file system capable of supporting thousands of clients while using commodity hardware. Gluster provides a scalable, distributed file system that aggregates disk storage resources from multiple servers into a single global namespace. Gluster provides built-in optimization for different workloads and can be accessed using an optimized Gluster FUSE client or standard protocols including SMB/CIFS. Gluster can be configured to enable both distribution and replication of content with quota support, snapshots, and bit-rot detection for self-healing.

New Features

Gluster Storage Release 6 introduces support for the following important capabilities:

  • Gluster Geo-Replication: Geo-replication provides a continuous, asynchronous, and incremental replication service from one site to another over a LAN, WAN or across the Internet.
    Geo-replication uses a master–slave model, whereby replication and mirroring occurs:
    • Master – the geo-replication source GlusterFS volume
    • Slave – the geo-replication target GlusterFS volume
    • Session - Unique identifier of Geo-replication session

Differences between Replicated-volumes and Geo-replication:

Replicated Volumes Gluster Geo-Replication
Mirrors data across clusters Mirrors data across geographically distributed clusters
Provides high-availability Ensure backing up of data for disaster and recovery
Synchronous Replication (each and every file operation is sent across all the bricks) A-synchronous Replication (checks for the changes in files periodically and syncs them upon detecting differences)


  • Support for Oracle Linux 8: Gluster Storage Release 6 for Oracle Linux introduced the support for Oracle Linux 8 with Red Hat Compatible Kernel, in addition to Oracle Linux 7

Gluster Storage Release 6 for Oracle Linux 8 has been build as an Application Stream Module named glusterfs; module profiles available are:

  • Server
  • Client

An additional glusterfs-developer module is available as a technology preview and introduces the option to leverage gluster-ansible RPMS to automate gluster deployment and management by Ansible.

Additional enhancements in Gluster Storage Release 6 for Oracle Linux:

  • Several stability fixes
  • Client side inode garbage collection
  • Performance Improvements

Gluster Storage Release 6 for Oracle Linux is today supported on following configurations:

Platform Operating System Release Minimum Operating System Maintenance Release Kernel
x86_64 Oracle Linux 8 Oracle Linux 8 Update 1 Red Hat Compatible Kernel (RHCK)
x86_64 Oracle Linux 7 Oracle Linux 7 Update 7

Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 5 (UEK R5)

Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 4 (UEK R4)

Red Hat Compatible Kernel (RHCK)

aarch64 Oracle Linux 7 Oracle Linux 7 Update 7 Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 5 (UEK R5)



Gluster Storage is available on the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) and the Oracle Linux yum server.

For more information on hardware requirements and how to install and configure Gluster, please review the Gluster Storage for Oracle Linux Release 6 Documentation.


Support for Gluster Storage is available to customers with an Oracle Linux Premier Support Subscription.

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Simon Coter

Director, Oracle Linux and Virtualization Product Management

A 20-years Oracle veteran, Simon Coter is an experienced product manager and open source community member. He leads a team responsible for several Oracle Linux and Virtualization offerings, including Oracle Linux, the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel for Oracle Linux, Oracle Cloud Native Environment, Oracle Linux KVM, Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager, Oracle Linux Automation Manager, Gluster, Oracle VM, and VirtualBox. Prior to this, Simon was a technical consultant focused on project management, architectures definition, sizing and implementation, best practices, and technical references for customers.

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