Nexenta Extends Its Global Market Leadership in Open Source-Driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS) Platform Arena with Simplified Management, Advanced Automation and Real-Time Analytics Capabilities

Nexenta Showcases Seamless and Complete Integration with VMware Solution Portfolio for Any User, Any App, Any Protocol, Any Server, Any Hybrid or Any All-Flash System for Any VMware Cloud; from Scale-Out Block Storage to Virtualized Multi-Tenant Block and File Services; from VMware vSphere and vCenter to VMware Virtual SAN and vCloud Air

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.— August 25, 2015 — Nexenta (@Nexenta), the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS), announced its next wave of OpenSDS innovation for VMware solutions, and enhanced VMware interoperability for its entire portfolio. NexentaStor, the company’s flagship SDS solution, along with NexentaEdge and NexentaFusion, together provide the foundation for a high performance, highly scalable, simple to manage Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC).

NexentaStor has a proven track record of successful deployments across a diverse set of industries, including higher education, hosting, media and virtual servers. Customers have realized millions of dollars in cost savings, exponential increases in performance, and the improved flexibility and scalability required to support growing data volumes. Additional features of NexentaStor include:

  • Unified File (NFS and SMB) and Block (FC and iSCSI) services
  • Built on ZFS for enterprise grade data integrity, scale and performance
  • Scales from 10’s of terabytes to petabytes
  • Unlimited file system sizes
  • Inline data reduction for additional storage cost savings
  • Unlimited space optimized snapshots and clones
  • Periodic asynchronous long distance replication
  • Interoperability with VMware environments (VAAI support, vCenter plugin, etc.)

NexentaStor 5.0 connects NexentaFusion and VMware vCenter Server to deliver simplified deployment, configuration and on-going management of Software-Defined Storage infrastructures, large and small. NexentaStor’s new, built-from-the-ground-up, high performance management framework provides an easy to program, self-documenting REST API for new levels of orchestration and integration with end-user and partner ecosystems. For VMware environments, NexentaStor builds on its existing VAAI Block support with a new vCenter Plug-in, enabling multi-tenant management of NexentaStor systems, deployed on physical hardware or in virtual machines for easy to scale multi-tenant file services.

At VMworld 2015, Nexenta will showcase:

  • NexentaStor 5.0 and NexentaFusion for simplified management, automation and real-time performance analytics of OpenSDS storage infrastructure
  • High performance block and file services ideal for any cloud storage needs, near-line archive and generic file sharing use cases
  • Multi-tenant management of virtualized NexentaStor 5.0 storage with vCenter Plug-in for vSphere 6, enabling simple management of advanced virtual NAS services
  • Upcoming NexentaStor 5.0 support for VMware vSphere Virtual Volumns
  • NexentaEdge, which provides scale-out iSCSI block storage with inline deduplication and compression for VMware vSphere, highlighting NexentaEdge’s market leading performance capabilities for virtual machine storage for both VMware and OpenStack clouds
  • NexentaConnect for VMware Virtual SAN, offering full featured, easy to deploy, file services for a VMware powered hyper-converged infrastructure
  • vCloud Air for NexentaStor and NexentaEdge, allowing a simple, cost-effective solution to transition storage environments to the cloud
  • Scale-out object storage with NexentaEdge to support VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) deployments

“At VMworld 2015, we ’ll will demonstrate Nexenta’s continued leadership in the field of OpenSDS and we will give VMware users a close look at how Nexenta can help them simplify and optimize their vSphere deployments,” said Thomas Cornely, Nexenta’s Chief Product Officer. “Nexenta OpenSDS is changing the economics of storage and our upcoming NexentaStor 5.0 and NexentaFusion releases will make it much easier for customers to make the transition to an all Software-Defined Data Center.”

“VMware and Nexenta share a vision of enabling IT to break down physical barriers that currently binds data to specific hardware in order to drive greater operational efficiency and availability at  lower costs,” said Skip Bacon, vice president of Products, Storage and Availability, VMware. “VMware and its partners continue to work closely to enable customers to realize the benefits of software-defined storage.”

“In partnership with Nexenta, we have already achieved a near 200 percent performance increase compared to similar hyper-scale cloud service offerings, and are setting the performance standard for virtual machines and cloud hosting services,” said Chris Orlando, Co-founder and CSMO at ScaleMatrix.  “We look forward to continuing to leveraging Nexenta’s market leading storage solution to provide more flexibility, control, and performance to our hybrid colocation, cloud, and managed service clients nationwide.”

“The need for better alignment between the data center and the broader business needs is driving organizations to look for cost-effective storage solutions that streamline storage management and increase agility of data center staff,” said Eric Sheppard, Research Director for IDC’s storage practice. “NexentaStor 5.0, with support for VMware integration, offers a highly scalable software-defined storage solution that helps address exactly these core issues.”

Supporting Quotes:

“Our partnership with Nexenta has already provided customers with immense value, allowing data storage environments to scale to different floors, buildings and cities via the NexentaStor MetroHA stretch cluster,” said Tim Klein, CEO at ATTO Technology. “The introduction of NexentaStor 5.0 will deliver additional benefit, offering ease of management unavailable anywhere else in the market.”

“The combination of Nexenta’s software-defined storage software and Dell server and storage solutions allows us to offer customers a wide variety of performance and capacity-optimized configurations to handle large-scale virtualization and file-based workload requirements,” said Alan Atkinson, vice president and general manager, Dell Storage. “We expect NexentaStor 5.0 to deliver excellent value to our shared customers, further simplifying deployment and on-going management of their software-defined storage infrastructure.”

As a storage leader, we are proud to work with Nexenta to deliver market-leading software-defined storage technologies,” said Renate Quigley, senior vice president of product marketing, HGST. “Utilizing our industry-leading hard disk drives and Flash solutions, NexentaStor and NexentaEdge deliver greater capacity and scalability, while lowering TCO and increasing performance. Our technology, as seen in their VMworld demos, enable companies like Nexenta and server builders like Supermicro to create a high-performance and high-density compute infrastructure.”

“As a leading worldwide full service systems integrator that delivers data center infrastructure and cloud solutions, we see Software-Defined Storage and the innovation NexentaStor is delivering to be in line with what our customers are asking for,” said David Cantu, Co-Founder & COO from Redapt. “NexentaStor 5.0 combined with solutions like the Dell SC280 are allowing Redapt to offer best-of-breed technology solutions that lower TCO and providing maximum investment protection.”

“We’re happy to partner with Nexenta to package their  a virtualized multi-tenant block and file software-solution with our  InfiniFlash storage system to provide customers with the flexibility and performance needed to manage today’s growing data volumes,” said Ravi Swaminathan, vice president and general manager, enterprise systems and software solutions, SanDisk. “We’re confident that together, the NexentaStor 5.0 and InfiniFlash will continue to drive value for VMware customers.” 

“Supermicro’s Industry leading storage platforms optimized for Enterprise, Data Center, Cloud and VMware environments maximize performance, density, efficiency and reliability while lowering overall TCO,” said Don Clegg, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Supermicro. “Along with VMware vSphere 6.0 and NexentaStor 5.0 software-defined storage technologies, we enable rapid and efficient deployment of highly scalable solutions to accelerate the most challenging applications in highly distributed and dynamic workload environments.”

“Nexenta’s SDS solution is an integral part of Wipro’s Open Datacenter Platform and it continues to deliver benefits to our customers in multiple use cases. In addition, we have successfully implemented Nexenta’s SDS solution for our internal VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) deployments,” said Raja Ukil, Chief Information Officer, Wipro Limited. “NexentaStor has allowed us to achieve a high-performance storage environment without additional cost, and we expect the same benefits with greater management capability via NexentaStor 5.0.”

About NexentaStor

With NexentaStor, enterprises can continue to liberate themselves from the traditional hardware-centric storage approach and have a fully featured, unified solution that scales to meet growing storage requirements on any platform. NexentaStor offers enterprise capabilities for data integrity and workload performance, providing customers the flexibility to select their storage operating system independently from the hardware on which it runs, while commodity storage hardware tends to lack defense against silent data corruption, is difficult to manage, and suffers in performance as storage needs grow.

A premiere VMware partner, Nexenta offers integrated management within VMware vCenter and Virtual SAN.  Additionally, Nexenta has joined VMware in participation on multiple new VMware programs launched in 2015.

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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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