Nexenta Announces General Availability of Hyper-scale Scale-Out Object Storage Management Software with Extensive Industry-wide Validation and Support

​Nexenta Extends its Market Leadership with its “Total Freedom” Hardware-, Cloud Platform-, and Protocol-agnostic Open Source-Driven Software Defined Storage (OpenSDS) Platform

NexentaEdge Delivers Industry’s First Cluster-Wide Inline Deduplication, Compression, and Enterprise Class Data Integrity at Hyper-scale

Scale-Out Block and Object Storage Services for OpenStack Clouds, Active Archives, and Big Data Infrastructures

SANTA CLARA, Calif. and VANCOUVER, BC – May 18, 2015 — Nexenta (@Nexenta), the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS), today announced the general availability (GA) of NexentaEdge®.

The award-winning Block and Object Storage platform offers high-performance, simplified management of petabyte-scale repositories, and is the first software-only scale out storage solution to deliver cluster-wide inline deduplication and compression. NexentaEdge is optimized to support OpenStack clouds, object based active archives and Big Data applications.

“Big Data applications, object based active archives and OpenStack cloud environments are driving the need for disruptive new storage solutions, built on scale out clusters of industry standard servers” said Thomas Cornely, Chief Product Officer at Nexenta. “OpenStack clouds in particular require both high performance block services and extremely scalable object repositories. NexentaEdge is unique in its ability to concurrently meet these requirements and further drive down storage costs with inline deduplication and compression of all data at any scale.”

NexentaEdge is Software-Defined Storage that runs on shared nothing clusters of low cost industry standard Linux servers. Featuring Intel® Xeon® processors designed for storage workloads, it builds on Nexenta IP and patent pending Cloud Copy on Write (CCOW) technology to break new grounds in terms of performance, reliability, ease of operation and cost efficiencies with market-leading features like cluster-wide inline deduplication, compression, real-time self-balancing, and unlimited instant snapshots and clones.

“Open Source-driven Software Defined Storage is driving a new style of IT in the enterprise,” said Simon Robinson, Research Vice President at 451 Research. “While scale-out object storage holds significant promise as a foundational technology for this new era, adoption is still nascent. NexentaEdge, with its key value-driven architecture, ability to handle a variety of workloads, and replicast technology to ensure efficiency and redundancy, is a potential game-changer. NexentaEdge will have a significant impact on an organization’s ability to transform their storage infrastructure, lower TCO and make the shift to the Software-Defined Data Center.”

Key features of NexentaEdge include:

  • The only scale-out storage delivering low latency iSCSI Block and high performance Swift and S3 Object Services
  • Deployed as a storage service on 10GbE connected clusters of Intel-based Linux servers running Ubuntu, CentOS or RedHat Enterprise Linux
  • Innovative ground-up design delivering best in class performance for small random I/O generated by virtual machine boot images in OpenStack Clouds
  • Enterprise grade data integrity and unlimited space optimized snapshot and clone capabilities with Cloud Copy On Write. 
  • The only fully distributed, in-line deduplication and compression of all data ingested in the cluster, at any scale
  • Ability to scale storage capacity and performance (I/O per second or throughput) independently of each other, supporting all HDD, hybrid and all SSD configurations
  • Low touch operational model with automated capacity and performance balancing that unlike any other solution, keeps large, complex clusters constantly optimized.

"As one of the initial adopters of Nexenta OpenSDS, we have enjoyed a special relationship with Nexenta’s engineering team,” said Joe Little, Principal Systems Architect at Stanford University. “With NexentaEdge, we are extremely excited by the addition of a distributed scale-out storage solution deployed on Linux servers to Nexenta’s portfolio and look forward to benefiting from its scalability, performance, and industry leading data reduction capabilities for our internal storage needs.”

“Rising data management challenges are forcing companies to rethink traditional storage options,” said Bev Crair, Vice President, Data Center Group and GM, Storage Group, Intel Corporation. “By deploying scale-out solutions like NexentaEdge on Intel-based servers, customers can increase scalability, use intelligent storage services to improve capacity, and enhance performance, all while meeting the daunting challenges of managing Big Data.”

NexentaEdge GA will be demonstrated for the first time at Nexenta’s OpenSDx VIP Reception at OpenStack Summit Vancouver on May 19.

“We are excited that Nexenta has chosen to offer the first GA demo of NexentaEdge at OpenStack Summit,” said Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation. “We expect Nexenta to continue making an impact within the OpenStack community, both with the public release of NexentaEdge and in future innovation.”


NexentaEdge’s perpetual license lists from $0.15/GB to less than $0.10/GB at capacity plus maintenance and support.  NexentaEdge with its advanced capabilities, including inline compression and dedupe continue’s Nexenta’s leadership in bringing great value solutions to market.  For more information, please contact, or click here to register.

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Arista Networks

“Arista’s software-driven cloud networking solutions and NexentaEdge deliver the scale, agility, performance and extensibility to achieve high performance computing environments and data centers,” said Ed Chapman, vice president of Business Developments and Alliances at Arista Networks. “The combination of the open programmability of Arista Extensible Operating System (EOS), deep buffered 7280 and 7500 switches and NexentaEdge scale out storage performance and deduplication directly contribute to enhancing our joint customers’ data management.”

Ascentech K.K.

“We are very pleased to have NexentaEdge in market. Nexenta already provides very trusted software based storage solution and now NexentaEdge release will bring more powerful solution in its portfolio,” said Mr. Naohiro Sato, President and CEO, Ascentech K.K.  “As customers' data grows, Peta Byte class high scale storage solution like NexentaEdge will bring more benefits to our partners/customers.”

Big Switch Networks

"Software-defined data center is transforming IT towards agile, responsive and elastic infrastructure demanded by modern applications”, said Prashant Gandhi, Vice President of Product Management & Strategy at Big Switch Networks. “The NexentaEdge software-defined storage and SDN-based Big Cloud Fabric accelerate customers’ journey to deliver infrastructure as a service clouds.  In addition to enabling a low-touch operational model for application deployment, we leverage open hardware for servers and switches to dramatically reduce TCO and provide complete vendor choice.”


"We supply our customers with proven products that compliment foundation technologies and offer unique benefits within the market," said Phil Lancaster, Director, Enterprise at Bluechip. "Nexenta continues to introduce high-performance and cost-efficient solutions that help our customers manage continuously growing volumes of data. With the introduction of NexentaEdge, we can continue our leadership by offering the first software-only scale-out Object Storage solution available."


"With Ubuntu at the heart of the transition to cloud and scale-out, we are directly engaged with our customers' petabyte-scale storage challenges." said Christian Reis, VP Hyperscale at Canonical.  "We are delighted that Nexenta is meeting the challenge by providing NexentaEdge running on Ubuntu, a complete scale-out storage solution providing auto-balancing, inline deduplication, and extreme integrity and durability, perfectly suited to this growing market."


“Citrix is excited that we can now offer our CloudPlatform customers the scalability provided by NexentaEdge,” said Steve Wilson, Vice President, Converged Infrastructure at Citrix. “The Object Storage solution from Nexenta is a complementary asset to our open and flexible architecture, optimizing performance.” 

Core Micro Systems Inc.

"Core Micro Systems welcomes NexentaEdge release in market. We have been working with Nexenta solutions for the last 5 years as a Premium Partner in Japan, and sold more than 50 customers with 10PB under management so far,” said Mr. Shozo Takahashi, President and CEO, Core Micro Systems Inc. “NexentaEdge will expand Nexenta solution and bring our customers benefits especially multi Peta Byte class solutions. We are very excited to have this new solution."

Cumulus Networks

“We share with Nexenta the goal of helping customers avoid vendor lock-in with open solutions,” said Reza Malekzadeh, VP Business at Cumulus Networks. “NexentaEdge and Cumulus Linux, the OS for open networking, enable the kind of automated, affordably-scalable infrastructure customers require in order to realize the software-defined data center.”

DataON Storage

"A scale-out object-based architecture such as NexentaEdge is designed to minimize manual intervention of storage expansions, optimize IOPS performance and reduce storage growth costs,” states Trenton R. Baker VP Business Development, DataON Storage. "The combination of NexentaEdge and DataON’s Cluster-in-a-Box present the industry’s densest scalable storage platform, enabling IT organizations to more efficiently absorb cost-efficient petabyte-scale storage growth in a manner that is predicable for the long term."


“The implementation of Nexenta software running on Dell’s trusted hardware enables us to offer customers highly flexible software-defined storage options,” said Alan Atkinson, vice president and general manager, Dell Storage. “Dell offers the industry’s broadest portfolio of tested and validated SDS solutions. Our Nexenta offerings provide customers a fully hardened storage solution based on Dell servers with global support of the total solution in a variety of performance- and capacity-optimized configurations.”

GMO Internet, Inc.

“We are excited to hear about the release of NexentaEdge. I look forward to seeing the benefits to Nexenta’s customers/partners,” said Mr. Kimihiro Kodama, Director, General Manager, Business Division and Hosting Department, GMO Internet, Inc. “Nexenta has a solid product portfolio and we are very pleased to work together now and in the future.”


“HGST is a storage leader offering the broadest portfolio of enterprise-class SSDs, Flash accelerators and the highest capacity HDDs in the world,” said Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing at HGST. “Utilizing the world’s only HelioSeal helium filled HDDs, with the highest reliability; NexentaEdge can effectively increase the capacity and scalability of its Object Storage solution while delivering better TCO for its customers in terms of lower power, greater storage density and better cost per terabyte as compared to traditional air-filled drives.”


"We pride ourselves on delivering the most powerful technologies available in the market for successful data center management," said Michael Tanenhaus, President and CEO at Mavenspire. "Nexenta Software-defined products allow us to deliver end-to-end solutions and we are excited to share the benefits of NexentaEdge's scale-out Object Storage."


“Scalable storage solutions are critical to cloud infrastructure and Big Data workloads that need petabytes of high performance storage,” said Steve Moyer, VP of storage software engineering at Micron (Nasdaq:MU). “With NexentaEdge, customers can harness the performance potential of our SSDs and share it on a vast scale.”


“Nexenta was one of the first Mirantis Unlocked partners to complement Mirantis OpenStack with best of breed software-defined storage solutions." said Boris Renski, Co-Founder and CMO at Mirantis. “By applying software-only scale out block and object storage with inline deduplication to the stack, we expect NexentaEdge will help our customers extend interoperability in their respective storage and data environments.”


"At Network Attached Storage, we help our customers take control of data growth and deliver the solutions needed to fulfill the growing storage needs in the enterprise," said Barry Griffiths, CEO at Network Attached Storage (NAS). "Nexenta has contributed superior Software-defined Storage products and we are excited to include NexentaEdge in our future offerings."


“Nexenta and SanDisk share a similar vision of making storage solutions more economically viable. Nexenta’s software-only storage solutions help enable SanDisk’s InfiniFlash storage system for use with today’s Big Data workloads,” said Gary Lyng, senior director of enterprise product and solutions marketing, SanDisk. “By integrating Nexenta software with SanDisk flash storage, customers can optimize their data center infrastructures to deliver better performance, efficiency and TCO for massive, scale-out environments.”


"Nexenta, and their NexentaStor product, has been a core and valued asset to our operations here at ScaleMatrix for both cloud and colocation customers," says Roy Bettle, Vice President of Technology at ScaleMatrix. "We are interested in seeing how their object storage product, NexentaEdge can add similar value to our portfolio of services."


“As an OpenStack and Open Infrastructure solutions provider, we can speak with confidence that NexentaEdge offers benefits we haven’t seen in other solutions,” said Francesco Paola, CEO at Solinea. “Enterprises are demanding powerful and cost-effective storage solutions and NexentaEdge’s deduplication and rapid scalability is not only driving down cost, but is achieving higher performance and increased agility for the business.”


“We’re excited that NexentaEdge is now available,” said Deni Connor, Founding Analyst at SSG-NOW. “We believe that flexible, Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage solutions for object storage that offer ease-of-management and scalability, with an eye towards the efficient distribution of data, are where the market is headed. NexentaEdge’s deduplication technology will allow enterprises to keep up with the growing big data demands of the enterprise.”


"Nexenta has already demonstrated the benefits of Software-Defined Storage to thousands of businesses around the world," according to Yuzhen Fang, CEO at SuperCloud.  "We are very much looking forward to combining our expertise in cloud computing hardware, software and services for the betterment of Chinese industry."  


“Supermicro’s advanced server, storage, and networking solutions are the premiere building blocks for cloud-scale infrastructure,” said Wally Liaw, Sr. Vice President of Sales at Supermicro. “For customers facing extreme data workloads, NexentaEdge, combined with our SuperStorage solutions deliver a super-scalable, high-performance SDS platform featuring sophisticated data management of scale-out block and object storage services with the benefit of overall lower TCO.”


“VMware looks forward to its continued collaboration with Nexenta, and we congratulate them on the general availability of NexentaEdge,” said Howard Hall, Senior Director, Global Technology Partnering Organization, VMware. “NexentaEdge’s object storage capabilities combined with VMware Integrated OpenStack enables our mutual customers to call OpenStack Swift services for unstructured data sets to realize high performance and versatility in the software-defined data center.”

Wipro Ltd.

“Wipro’s Open Datacenter Initiative envisages Storage Environments to be software defined and thereby delivering web scale IT like elasticity, agility and cost efficiency. Nexenta is a strategic partner in this global initiative and we have jointly invested in creating reference architectures for multiple use cases for brownfield and greenfield scenarios.  We have successfully deployed Nexenta Solutions for our customers and are currently seeing significant traction in this area,” said Anuj Bhalla, Vice President and Global Head of Systems Integration, Wipro Ltd. “We have been anticipating the general availability of NexentaEdge and are looking forward to leverage its ability to offer universally applicable storage solutions across block, file and object storage requirements for Virtualized and Cloudified Workloads.”

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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