Nexenta Announces Availability of Innovative Software-Defined Storage Solution for VMware Virtual SAN

The new solution allows customers to create a hyper-converged storage solution managed through VMware vCenter on Virtual SAN deployments.

Santa Clara, CA – November 18, 2014  – Nexenta (@Nexenta), the global leader of Software-Defined Storage (SDS) (#softwaredefinedstorage) solutions, today announced the availability (GA) of its NexentaConnect for VMware Virtual SAN™. The solution, which simplifies and streamlines the provisioning and management of file services on top of VMware Virtual SAN™, allows users to create a hyper-converged solution without the need for costly external storage arrays.  Join the VMware and Nexenta webinar tomorrow, 11/19 at 8AM PST for the complete Software-Defined hyper-convergence story.

Designed for VMware vSphere® environments, VMware Virtual SAN is the first policy-driven storage product that automates manual storage tasks, delivering a more efficient and cost-effective operational model. Taking advantage of the VM-level storage policies, NexentaConnect for VMware Virtual SAN, sits on top of the Virtual SAN automatically and dynamically matching the systems requirements with the correct storage. 

NexentaConnect for VMware Virtual SAN utilizes local Virtual SAN storage in servers to deliver high performance NFS and SMB file services to Virtual Machines and Virtual Desktops (VDI), all managed through a single VMware vCenter™ console. Combining Nexenta's SDS solution with VMware Virtual SAN enables read/write caching using server-side flash, optimizing the I/O data path to deliver better performance than a virtual appliance or an external device. The hyper-converged solution also has an extremely low TCO, because Nexenta’s SDS solution is at least a third of the price of deploying an external NAS solution.

“3rd platform computing requirements are driving significant evolution in data center infrastructure requirements, driving the demand for increased agility,” said Eric Burgener, research director at IDC. “Software-defined hyper-converged solutions are raising to prominence as a very flexible, scalable, and extremely economical alternative to shared storage solutions for certain workloads, and VMware Virtual SAN promises to be a key player in this market. With NexentaConnect for VMware Virtual SAN, customers now can deploy the VMware solution on top of Nexenta’s high performance and well integrated NFS and SMB file services to provide additional software-defined storage options for both virtual server and virtual desktop environments.”

“We are focused on helping enterprises simplify, scale and automate their entire IT environments,” said Gaetan Castelein, senior director, product management, Software-Defined Storage, VMware “Nexenta’s latest SDS solution, NexentaConnect for VMware Virtual SAN, complements our VMware Virtual SAN™, creating a hyper-converged storage infrastructure for the Software-Defined Data Center.”

"NexentaConnect for VMware Virtual SAN™ supports our goal of helping enterprises unlock the potential of their storage and ultimately their data centers. Working closely with VMware we have created a solution that offers users a hyper-converged solution that can granularly scale-up or scale-out your storage environment giving users the flexibility to grow their storage environment without costly over provisioning. It's hardware-agnostic and it’s very simple, easy-to-use design increases operational efficiency, saving enterprises both time and money,” said Tarkan Maner, Chairman and CEO of Nexenta.

Other features of NexentaConnect for VMware Virtual SAN include:

  • Easily provisions file services (NFSv3, NFSv4, SMB) on Virtual SAN within minutes
  • Integrates management through VMware vCenter
  • Provides Security and Domain integration, AD with AAA and Kerberos support
  • Delivers capacity savings using inline compression and deduplication
  • Can store all files needed to maintain the virtual infrastructure
  • Provides IO acceleration with inline compression and advanced caching logic
  • Enhances performance and health monitoring
  • Delivers folder and volume level snapshots, replication and backup capabilities for DR scenarios
  • Maintains data integrity during various stress, network/disk/host recovery
  • Is 100% compatible with VMware HA and DRS
  • Is serviceable via Rest APIs
  • Is validated for VDI workloads up to thousands of users
  • Leverages VSAN data protection and high availability

The solution is available immediately through Nexenta's network of value added distributors and resellers globally. 

Join the Nexenta & VMware webinar for key insights into the Software-Defined Hyper-Convergence Story, tomorrow, 11/19 at 8:00 AM PST.

More information on NexentaConnect for VMware Virtual SAN is available at
Further resources
Press Release: Dell and Nexenta Deliver Software-Defined Storage Solutions for VMware EVO: RAIL
Press Release: Supermicro Enhances Their VMware EVO: RAIL and Virtual SAN Offerings with Nexenta
NexentaConnect for VMware Virtual SAN datasheet and Joint VMware/Nexenta Whitepaper
NexentaConnect for VMware Horizon datasheet
NexentaStor datasheet

See product pages for validated and certified reference architectures with Cisco, Dell, HP, Supermicro, and others.

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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 organisations to realise 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 Centres (SDDC) for Dummies eBook.

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Allison Darin
Nexenta Systems