Citrix Systems (CTXS) has two staff members on Gluster's board as well as Facebook's one. "Gluster could complement Citrix's desktop virtualization and cloud computing-based products, a Citrix spokesperson said via email. Gluster has the potential to change the way storage is deployed in cloud and enterprise virtualization, and there will be a lot of exciting developments ahead as the community continues to grow," the company said.
Red Hat has done a great job of anticipating where to grow their business and their value to customers by providing quality, low cost solutions to common problems. With a billion dollar war chest, they are well positioned to keep their leadership position.