Leading Energy Utility Runs on Nexenta Open Source-Driven Software-Defined Storage Solutions

Walton EMC Cuts Data Center Costs without Sacrificing Performance for Highest Ratings in Customer Service and Satisfaction in the Industry


SANTA CLARA, Calif., – February 26, 2015 Nexenta (@Nexenta), the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS) (#softwaredefinedstorage) solutions, today announced that Georgia-based Walton Electric Membership Corporation, one of the nation’s largest electric cooperatives, uses NexentaStor, Nexenta’s flagship OpenSDS platform, in conjunction with VMware to save on storage and maintenance costs.  Walton Electric one of the largest of almost 1,000 electric cooperatives in the country and supplies energy to more than 122,000 residential, business and industrial accounts in 10 northeast George counties.  The company is known for reliable energy and electric services, delivered efficiently, with extraordinary customer care.


With only six people in the IT group out of 370 employees, Andy Hill, Director of Information Services at Walton EMC, doesn’t have a lot of extra time or resources to be worried about storage.  His number one concern is to ensure that they are using their technology budget wisely.  Hill and his team turned to Software-Defined Storage by Nexenta and industry-standard storage hardware from Nexsan to replace aging physical storage arrays. The result has been stellar performance, less maintenance and lower TCO.


“I’m interested in systems that require little management,” said Hill.  “The Nexenta Software-Defined Storage system falls into that basket.  Some IT systems are promised that way, but in the end they aren’t.  For us using Nexenta, it’s literally been that way all along.”


“Stories like Walton EMC are commonplace with customers who use Nexenta.  Organizations don’t need to dedicate staff resources to storage nor worry about performance or scalability,” said Craig Cagle, VP, GM of Americas at Nexenta. “The fact that Walton’s customers are stakeholders in the company makes Software-Defined Storage even more compelling as Hill and his team have a keen eye on the bottom line are making an investment in the future of their IT infrastructure.”


To learn more, download the Walton Electric Membership Corporation case study.


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About Nexenta

Nexenta is the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS) with 6,000+ customers, 1,000+ partners, 30+ patents, and more than 1,000 petabytes of storage under management. Nexenta uniquely integrates software-only “Open Source” collaboration with commodity hardware-centric “Software-Defined Storage” innovation. Nexenta OpenSDS solutions are 100% software-based; and 100% hardware-, protocol-, and app-agnostic providing organizations with Total Freedom protecting them against punitive vendor lock-in. Nexenta provides organizations with the "true" benefits of Software-Defined Everything-centric Cloud Computing – from data centers to end users; from the infrastructure to apps. Nexenta OpenSDS 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 with a global partner network, including Cisco, Citrix, Dell, HP, Quanta, SanDisk, Seagate, Supermicro, VMware, Western Digital, Wipro, and many others. 


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