Former CEO of Mirantis, a Leading Visionary and Operator in the Open Source and OpenStack Community Joins Nexenta Advisory Board

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Feb. 17, 2016Nexenta (@Nexenta), the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS), today announced that Adrian Ionel, Founder of Restack, and former CEO and co-founder at Mirantis, has joined the Nexenta Advisory Board.

In 2015 Forbes named Ionel and Mirantis one of the best cloud CEOs and companies to work for - #6 among the 50 leading cloud companies. With a strong track record at companies such as Mirantis, Qualys and Siemens, he brings deep expertise and a passion to help build enduring businesses. As the latest expert to join the Nexenta Advisory Board, Ionel will share his knowledge and advise Nexenta as it continues to lead the OpenSDS market.

As Mirantis’ CEO, Ionel helped transform the company from a small seed into a global open source leader. He was the driving force behind Mirantis’ initial OpenStack investment in 2010 and, during his six year tenure, delivered five consecutive years of record results; attracting 200 enterprise customers and a quarter-billion dollars of investment. In October 2015, Ionel passed on the CEO role to one of his co-founders, to devote himself to Restack, his new company. He remains an active Mirantis Board Member.

“With its disruptive OpenSDS products, Nexenta adds tremendous value to its customers,” said Ionel. “Providing the foundations for powerful, agile and scalable architectures, businesses across the globe are able to operate and maximize performance in the face of increasingly data heavy workloads. With the lowest TCO to boot, Nexenta is truly leading the way in discovering innovative ways to overcome IT challenges.”

“We’re very pleased to have someone of Adrian’s calibre joining the Nexenta Advisory Board,” said Tarkan Maner, Chairman and CEO, at Nexenta. “His impressive work with Open Source technology means that he has immediately bought into our vision. Adrian and the rest of the Advisory Board will ensure that we keep pushing the boundaries of Open Source-driven Software-Defined technology; providing maximum value for our customers and partners.”

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Nexenta is the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS) with 6,000+ customers, 400+ partners, 42 patents, and more than 1,500 petabytes of storage under management. Nexenta uniquely integrates deep software-only “Open Source” collaboration with one of the largest and most vibrant Open Source communities (46,000 members) and a comprehensive vision around a commodity hardware-centric “Software-Defined Storage” innovation enabling ANY app, cloud platform and protocol. Nexenta is 100% Software-based; and 100% hardware-, protocol-, cloud platform-, and app-agnostic providing organizations with Total Freedom protecting them against punitive “vendor-lock-in”, “vendor-bait-n-switch”, and “vendor-rip-n-replace” gimmicks. Nexenta provides enterprises with the "true" benefits of “true” Software-Defined Everything-centric Cloud Computing – from data centers to end users; from the infrastructure to apps. Nexenta enables everyday apps 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 – for all types of Clouds – Private, Public, and Hybrid. Founded around an "Open Source” platform and industry-disrupting vision, Nexenta delivers its award- and patent-winning software-only unified storage management solutions along with enterprise-scale 24x7 - around the globe - All Love - service and support with a global partner network, including Cisco, Citrix, Dell, Docker, HPE, Lenovo, Quanta, SanDisk, Seagate, Supermicro, VMware, Western Digital, Wipro, and many others. Nexenta:  100% Software. Total Freedom. All Love.

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