Nexenta and San Jose State University Partner to Develop and Deliver Research and Workforce for the Contextual Intelligence Era

Advanced Classes Focusing on Open Source-, Big Data-, and Standard/Commodity Hardware-driven Software-Defined Data Centers and Cloud Computing; Featuring Hands-on Labs, Instructors from Local Tech Firms

SANTA CLARA, Calif.— January 19, 2016 — Nexenta (@Nexenta), the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS), and the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering at San Jose State University (SJSU), a U.S. News and World Reports top-ranked public engineering program, today announced they have jointly developed an advanced computing class, to address the needs of organizations seeking expertise in big data, cloud computing and software-defined data centers (SDDCs).

The course for exceptional undergrad and grad students, entitled “CmpE 297 Special Topic in Software-Defined Storage”, will be offered for the first time in Fall Semester 2016.  Putting theory into practice to prepare students for the world outside of the classroom, the class will combine practical hands-on labs with guest instruction from technical experts currently employed at Silicon Valley-based companies SanDisk (SNDK (NASDAQ), Milpitas, Calif.) and Supermicro (SMCI (NASDAQ), San Jose, Calif.).  Registration for Fall Semester classes opens May 31.

Engineering-related programs comprise the most popular field of study at SJSU, and the College of Engineering, with its 7,300-plus undergraduate and graduate students, is the largest of the university’s eight colleges. As of fall 2015, SJSU’s 14 engineering disciplines accounted for roughly 17 percent of all undergraduate majors and over 48 percent of all graduate students.

“As the largest contributor to Silicon Valley’s high-tech workforce, we’re constantly seeking to collaborate with local tech companies like Nexenta, to ensure our students gain the practical experience they need to be successful after they leave San Jose State,” said Andrew Hsu, Ph.D., Don Beall Dean, College of Engineering, SJSU. “It’s undeniable that cloud computing, software-defined everything and big data have ushered in a totally new era in the ways we collect, store and use data, creating a demand for technologists with this kind of specialized knowledge. By inviting subject matter experts to teach our students, we’re equipping them with the skill set prized by employers, and also doing our part to stem a critical shortage in America’s job market.”

SJSU joins Nexenta’s Higher Education Program, which is dedicated to partnerships with universities to develop technical curricula to prepare STEM students for the workforce. By building on the foundational software engineering and computer science curricula, and adding advanced courses with both academic value and substantial "real world" applicability, Nexenta and partner universities are delivering coveted knowledge to graduates.

“We’re committing resources to prepare tomorrow’s workforce with the highly valued skills that might otherwise be years in the making,” said Eric Ray, Director of Platform Development at Nexenta, who is spearheading the Higher Ed program. “The best way we know to solve the chronic tech worker shortage is to encourage more collaborative efforts between industry and the universities developing the engineers and computer scientists of the future.”

Nexenta is recruiting universities and higher education institutions to participate in the program. Interested faculty or administrative staff should contact Jill Orhun, Nexenta’s Chief of Staff and head of strategic educational programs.

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About Nexenta
Nexenta is the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS) with 6,000+ customers, 400+ partners, 33 patents, and more than 1,200 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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