Lenovo and Nexenta Announce Strategic Partnership to Drive Global Market Adoption of Open Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS)

Partnership to Focus on Joint Go-to-Market, Service, and Support of OpenSDS-Based Enterprise Storage Solutions for Fast-Growing, Big Data-Driven Public, Private and Government Clouds

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—March 30, 2016  Nexenta (@Nexenta), the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS), today announced a strategic partnership with Lenovo, the world’s number one PC maker and third largest worldwide x86 server provider, to drive broader adoption of next-generation software storage solutions.

"Rapid data growth coupled with modest budget increases are forcing vendors and customers to rethink their storage strategies by leveraging software-based storage as an alternative to traditional storage to meet their business demands,” said Henry Baltazar, Research Director, Storage at 451 Research. “Lenovo is an established server provider with extensive international reach and by now leveraging a partnership with Software-Defined Storage pioneer Nexenta, the company is in a position to offer customers comprehensive storage solutions unavailable via legacy storage companies.”

The companies are working together to introduce solutions that integrate Nexenta’s award-winning, Software-Defined Storage, with Lenovo x86 servers, and joint go-to-market strategies. The combined solutions will offer Lenovo customers worldwide, both scale-up and scale-out reference architectures on all flash, hybrid, and spinning media systems. These solutions with Lenovo’s industry leading service and support will deliver a new standard for Software-Defined Storage.  

“We are super excited about our partnership with Lenovo as they enter the fast-growing and market-disruptive Software-Defined Storage market with a strong server market share and global presence,” said Tarkan Maner, CEO and Chairman at Nexenta. “We believe Lenovo and Nexenta’s partnership around joint go-to-market and service and support will transform the enterprise storage market with an innovative, collaborative, and enterprise-ready Software-Defined Storage vision and execution. They share our passion for providing their customers with a wide range of app and infrastructure-agnostic low-cost, Software-Defined solutions, service, and support delivering total freedom to customers.”

The collaboration between Lenovo and Nexenta offers flexibility to customers and introduces additional options for existing ones, by providing Nexenta customers with a new choice in servers and Lenovo customers with customizable enterprise storage solutions. Lenovo servers with NexentaStor will deliver file and block storage services.  The future offerings are planned to expand to include NexentaEdge for scale-out block and object services with cluster-wide inline deduplication and compression.

“Lenovo recognizes Software-Defined Storage as the strategic storage solution to deliver revolutionary economics for enterprise and cloud storage needs,” said David Lincoln, General Manager of the Storage Business Unit at Lenovo. “With Nexenta we will deliver innovative, trusted, and scalable enterprise storage solutions, leveraging Nexenta’s deep storage software R&D skills and Lenovo’s proven enterprise servers. The solutions will give customers the freedom to scale their data to meet business needs today and tomorrow.”

The Lenovo and Nexenta solutions will be based on Lenovo’s award winning System X and NexentaStor, for storage from 100s of terabytes to petabyte scale.  These solutions will address storage requirements for a wide range of enterprise workloads including virtualization, OpenStack clouds, general file sharing, and backup and archiving. While pricing will vary on capacity and media types, customers can expect cents per gigabyte for complete systems including 3 years of technical support.  NexentaEdge solutions will follow soon thereafter.

For additional information, please contact sales@nexenta.com and review Nexenta and Lenovo’s Reference Architectures and Solution Brief.

More Resources can also be found here: https://nexenta.com/partners/solutions-lenovo

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About Lenovo
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a $46 billion global Fortune 500 company and a leader in providing innovative consumer, commercial, and enterprise technology. Our portfolio of high quality, secure products and services covers PCs (including the legendary Think and multimode YOGA brands), workstations, servers, storage, smart TVs and a family of mobile products like smartphones (including the Motorola brand), tablets and apps. Join us on LinkedIn, follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@Lenovo) or visit us at www.lenovo.com.

About Nexenta
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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