CRN Names Nexenta as an IT Industry Tech Innovator

Software-Defined Storage Leader is a Two Category Winner in Storage and Virtualization

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – November 17, 2014Nexenta (@Nexenta), the global leader in Software-Defined Storage (SDS) (#softwaredefinedstorage) announced today that it has been named one of the industry’s leading tech innovators by CRN. The Tech Innovator Awards recognize companies and products use innovation to advance technology, increase productivity, and reduce cost and complexity in ways that provide value to the channel. These awards guide solution providers toward today's biggest technology breakthroughs so they can incorporate them into advanced solutions for their customers. Nexenta won in two categories: NexentaStor was the overall Storage category winner and NexentaConnect 3.0 for VMware Horizon View and Citrix XenDesktop took top honors in the Virtualization category. 

Each year, CRN honors the high-tech companies that have delivered outstanding innovation in hardware and software solutions over the past 12 months. CRN Test Center editors reviewed hundreds of products across 18 hardware and software categories to determine the winners and those worthy of honorable mention. 

Nexenta’s Software-Defined Storage portfolio includes the flagship SDS platform NexentaStor. NexentaStor delivers unified file and block storage services, runs on industry standard hardware, scales from tens of terabytes to petabyte configurations, and includes all data management functionality by default. NexentaConnect is a complete suite of software solutions to combine Software-Defined Storage with cloud, enterprise, and desktop deployments.  Providing acceleration, automation and analytics that can only be delivered when storage is integrated with the entire solution stack.

“Nexenta is helping enterprises the world over on their Software-Defined journey.  The recognition from CRN validates that our innovative approach to storage is helping solve IT’s most pressing problems,” said Thomas Cornely, Chief Product Officer, Nexenta. “We will continue to collaborate with our partners, who are so key to our success, to bring Software-Defined solutions to market.”

“Solution providers are facing tough challenges as the IT industry continues to evolve at a rapid pace,” said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company, publisher of CRN.  “Being able to quickly and reliably identify the best new solutions in key technology categories that are of great importance to them as they look for innovative ways to earn a competitive advantage. The winners and runners-up in the CRN Tech Innovator Awards represent the best and brightest products and solutions in today’s market, and are some of the most important for solution providers to keep an eye on in the coming year.”

The annual Tech Innovator Awards are showcased in the December issue of CRN magazine, and the complete list of winners and honorable mentions is online at  Award winners will also be spotlighted during the NexGen Cloud Conference & Expo, December 4-5, 2014, in San Diego.

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About Nexenta
Nexenta is the global leader in Software-Defined Storage, delivering easy-to-use, secure and ultra-low cost storage software solutions. Nexenta solutions are hardware-, protocol-, and app-agnostic, providing innovation freedom and speed for organizations to realize the "true" benefits of Software-Defined Infrastructure-centric Cloud Computing. Nexenta enables workloads from rich media-driven Social Living to Mobility; from the Internet of Things to Big Data; from OpenStack and CloudStack to Do-It-Yourself Cloud deployments. Founded around an "open source” platform and industry-disruptive vision, Nexenta delivers its award- and patent-winning software-only unified storage management solutions with a global partner network. For more information visit, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube. Also, download the newly published Nexenta Special Edition Software Defined Data Centers (SDDC) for Dummies eBook.

About The Channel Company
The Channel Company is the channel community's trusted authority for growth and innovation, with established brands including CRN, XChange Events, IPED, and SharedVue. For more than three decades, we have leveraged our proven and leading-edge platforms to deliver prescriptive sales and marketing solutions for the technology channel. The Channel Company provides Communication, Recruitment, Engagement, Enablement, Demand Generation and Intelligence services to drive technology partnerships. Learn more at


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Nexenta Systems

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The Channel Company