Cisco and Nexenta Partner to Deliver Enterprise File Services for Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Deployments at Cloud Scale

Nexenta's Enterprise Software-Defined File Services (NFS and SMB) Provides Simplicity, Scalability, and Security for Cisco HyperFlex

Enabling New Use Cases Including Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDI), Remote Office/Branch Office (ROBO) and Backup/Disaster Recovery (BDR); Support for Legacy Enterprise, New Cloud-Native, and 5G-driven Telco Cloud Apps; Eliminating Cost for Separate File Servers

SAN JOSE, CA – February 12, 2019 - Nexenta (@Nexenta), the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS), today announced a partnership with Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) to deliver Nexenta's software-based enterprise file services to the Cisco HyperFlex solution. This tested, validated, and ready to deploy solution allows the industry-leading, independent scaling, flexible cluster scaling Cisco HyperFlex, to accelerate adoption and expand to new use cases through Nexenta's software storage solution, NexentaStor Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA). 

Cisco HyperFlex Further Simplifies and Expands Use Cases for Hyper-Converged Systems
Today's enterprises are finding hyper-converged infrastructures with Cisco's HyperFlex is a great way to modernize IT infrastructures, by making it more efficient, easier to deploy and keep performance high to support use cases including Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and Remote Office/ Branch Office (ROBO).  While hyper-converged architectures are proven to streamline the building and management of new cloud data centers, essential enterprise workloads require file storage protocols like NFS and SMB/CIFS.  The answer of the past is legacy monolithic storage filers, which destroy the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and philosophy of going hyper-converged.

Because NexentaStor VSA, full-featured SDS for enterprise applications, can be deployed virtually, customers can easily leverage this software for their Cisco HyperFlex environment. There is no need to buy additional hardware, but instead, they can leverage their existing Cisco HyperFlex hardware saving cost, rack space, and added complexity.

“Nexenta’s software adds file services capability to Cisco HyperFlex which becomes an all-inclusive, full-featured solution for today’s modern data center. We are excited to partner with Nexenta to empower our customers to further simplify and lower their TCO for use cases like VDI,” said Manish Agarwal, Director of Product Management, Cisco.

Software-Based Enterprise-Class File Services to Hyper-Converged Systems
Nexenta’s award-winning fifth-generation storage software, NexentaStor VSA, allows organizations to easily add file services to your Cisco HyperFlex. With added software-based NAS capabilities, customers can leverage an extremely efficient fit-for-purpose storage solution including all of the capabilities expected from an enterprise-class solution including, inline data reduction, snapshots, data integrity, security, and domain control. The management of combined Cisco and Nexenta stack is all done through the familiar VMware vCenter interface. 

Cisco HyperFlex Further Streamline VDI Environments
With this solution, Nexenta and Cisco are currently focusing on enabling Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) deployments to eliminate the need for added additional hardware while providing the performance, scalability, and security required by leading enterprises.  Simply add the Nexenta software to your Cisco HyperFlex system to add essential support for home directories, user profiles, and home shares for your VDI deployment on Cisco HyperFlex. 

Key Cisco HyperFlex and NexentaStor VSA Solution Differentiators

  • High-performance SMB and NFS
  • Microsoft AD, LDAP, and Kerberos integration
  • Concurrent SMB & NFS sharing
  • Simplicity of management through VMware vCenter Plugin
  • Inline IO acceleration improving performance
  • Capacity saving inline data reduction
  • Integrated and scheduled snapshots
  • Maintains data integrity during stressful tasks – network/ disk, host recovery
  • Security and domain control with AD
  • High-Performance Replication (scheduled and continuous)
  • High Availability
  • Designed to meet the high demands for performance in a hyper-converged environment
  • Tested and validated by Cisco and Nexenta

"In today's modern private, hybrid and multi-cloud environments enterprises are looking to remove complexity without comprising features. Running a Windows VM or adding a legacy filer is no longer the acceptable answer. This is why Cisco and Nexenta have partnered together to bring two proven solutions engineered to provide the performance needed to support these critical applications," said Ricardo Antuna, VP, Business Development at Nexenta.

How to Purchase
Customers can then work with mutual Cisco and Nexenta global channel ecosystems to purchase this complete solution. 

To Learn More About Cisco HyperFlex and NexentaStor VSA
Visit our Solutions Brief on the combine solution,

About Nexenta 

Nexenta is the original market maker and leader in Open Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS) market for multi-cloud enterprise environments; with nearly 3,000 enterprise customers, 300 partners, 50 patents, and more than 2,000 petabytes of storage capacity under management. Nexenta   democratizes one of the most oligopolistic hi-tech market segments nearing $120B in size by 2020. Nexenta uniquely integrates its hardware-agnostic software-only OpenSDS innovation with deep “open source” collaboration via some of the most active communities with thousands of members worldwide. Nexenta flexibly enables a wide variety of legacy, enterprise and next-gen cloud-native apps, on any cloud platform, protocol and hardware infrastructure to power the most cost/performant cloud and traditional data centers. Nexenta portfolio is 100% software-based that can be used as a “Bare-Metal Appliance” on a partner hardware, as a “Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA)” on a partner virtual machine or container, or as a cloud-based “Software as a Service (SAAS).” Nexenta provides enterprises with total freedom and flexibility via its industry-leading multi-cloud software innovation, multi-channel collaboration, distribution and enterprise-class support, 24x7x365, globally.

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