Nexenta and VMware End User Computing Collaborate to Accelerate VDI Adoption

Leader in Software-Defined Storage Provides Cost-effective Storage Solutions Validated Across VMware’s Horizon VDI and Hyper-converged Offerings

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – February 3, 2015 – Nexenta (@Nexenta), the global leader in Software-Defined Storage (#softwaredefinedstorage) (SDS), in collaboration with VMware, today announced support and validation of NexentaConnect across all VMware Horizon® deployment scenarios.

IT organizations deploying desktop and application virtualization using VMware Horizon can achieve optimal performance, simplification of deployment and lower cost of their infrastructure with Nexenta. NexentaConnect solutions provide:

  • File services (NFS & SMB) to all Virtual SAN hosted virtual machines
  • Folder and volume level snapshots and replication
  • I/O acceleration
  • Increased density
  • Seamless and validated integration with VMware Horizon, vSphere® and VMware Virtual SAN™
  • Data compression and deduplication

NexentaConnect solutions support Horizon across the following scenarios:

  • Standalone software deployment
  • Converged infrastructure
  • On top of VMware Virtual SAN
  • As part of EVO: RAIL™ hyper-converged platforms

The NexentaConnect, VMware EVO: RAIL, and VMware Horizon hyper-converged solution can now provide users day one access to a full VDI solution from the desktops through the user profiles and data without the need for any additional hardware.  This validated architecture continues the joint approach at a performant and cost effective software-defined VDI strategy between VMware and Nexenta.

"NexentaConnect for VMware Horizon opens up new opportunities for infrastructures looking to increase flexibility, scalability and cost-effectiveness with software-defined, hyper-converged solutions,” said Eric Burgener, research director at IDC. “By deploying solutions like the integrated Nexenta and VMware solution, organizations can achieve high performance, provide file services (NFS & SMB) to all VSAN hosted virtual machines and take advantage of additional software-defined storage options for virtual desktop environments. These types of solutions allow organizations to be more agile, simplifying storage deployment and management so they can focus on their desktop virtualization and business goals.”

“Storage deployment, configuration and management continue to get in the way of customers’ goals to achieve the benefits of virtual workspaces. Our work with Nexenta allows us to leverage software-defined storage as the enabler for a cost effective and capable Horizon implementation,” said Sumit Dhawan, SVP and GM, Desktop Products, End-User Computing, VMware.

Thomas Cornely, Chief Product Officer at Nexenta said, “We continue to educate and share our latest solutions in collaboration with VMware to our partners and customers, and VMware PEX is a great platform for us to do so.  OpenSDx is rapidly gaining momentum and will be the focus at this event as we demo our latest solutions with VMware.”

Supporting Quotes

“The addition of Nexenta Stor and server message block capabilities to our VMware’s EVO: RAIL platform gives Dell’s customers unprecedented scale and ease of management,” said Jim Ganthier, vice president and general manager of Dell Engineered Solutions. “We are excited about the customer results we can deliver via our close collaboration with Nexenta on both Dell Engineered Solutions for VMware EVO: RAIL, and broadly across our mutual customers’ VMware environments.”

“The joint NexentaConnect, VMware EVO: RAIL and VMware Horizon hyper-converged solution eliminates the need for additional hardware, thereby helping enterprises manage storage growth – one of IT’s biggest challenges,” said Richard Aitink, Account Manager at Storius. “We’re looking forward to working with Nexenta and VMware to bring this integrated solution to enterprises that are looking for an innovative way to optimize performance, lower their infrastructure costs and easily increase access to virtual desktops.”

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Further resources

Software-Defined, Hyper-Converged VDI Solutions Brief

NexentaConnect for VMware Virtual SAN datasheet

VMware/Nexenta Solution Brief

NexentaConnect for VMware Horizon® datasheet

NexentaStor datasheet

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.

Nexenta, NexentaStor, NexentaConnect, NexentaEdge and NexentaFusion are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nexenta Systems Inc., in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks, service marks and company names mentioned in this document are properties of their respective owners.

VMware, Horizon, vSphere and EVO: RAIL are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other marks and names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective companies. The use of the word "partner" or "partnership" does not imply a legal partnership relationship between VMware and any other company.

Allison Darin
Nexenta Systems