Nexenta Extends its Market Leadership in Software-Defined Storage for Desktop Virtualization-driven Cloud Computing Deployments

Nexenta Announces Advanced Software-Defined Storage Platform for Acceleration of Citrix XenDesktop Powered Workspaces for Any User, on Any Device, Anywhere

NexentaConnect for Citrix XenDesktop Speeds up Virtual App and Desktop Performance with Lowest Total Cost of Ownership for Storage Management

SANTA CLARA, Calif. and LONDON, UK — April 7, 2015 — Nexenta (@Nexenta), the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS), today announced the general availability (GA) of NexentaConnect for Citrix XenDesktop®.

The award-winning NexentaConnect virtual storage accelerator for Citrix XenDesktop provides virtual desktop administrators with a tool for faster performance of their organization's desktops on new or existing storage arrays. The NexentaConnect for Citrix XenDesktop solution delivers greater density at a much lower price point by reducing the cost per workspace and the amount of storage required for a Citrix XenDesktop deployment. The solution also provides real-time visibility and management of individual desktop users using storage resources.

When compared to traditional legacy storage arrays, NexentaConnect for Citrix XenDesktop addresses the top three most common challenges customer identify when deploying virtual desktops:  performance, density and cost. 

Daniel Buonocore, Platani Nederland comments: “The NexentaConnect deployment and installation was very simple, and installing Citrix XenDesktop was so easy. Overall the product is very easy to use and cost effective for our organizational needs. We are really happy with how much visibility we get from individual desktops. It has certainly made my life less stressful.”

Simon Robinson, Research Vice President at 451 Research said: "IT decision makers are constantly challenged with underpinning their VDI deployments with a cost effective, flexible, easy to use but performance rich solution. With NexentaConnect for Citrix XenDesktop, users now have access to a Software-Defined solution that can integrate both the storage and desktop management for Citrix XenDesktop Machine Creation Services (MCS).”

Calvin Hsu, VP of Product Marketing, Windows App Delivery at Citrix comments: “Storage is a vital part of any Virtual Desktop environment but Software-Defined Storage is the only way to make it work seamlessly, intelligently and cost effectively. NexentaConnect for Citrix XenDesktop compliments the Citrix Workspace Suite by allowing users to enjoy faster performance.”

“NexentaConnect for Citrix XenDesktop provides organizations with more cost effective ways to deploy Citrix XenDesktop. It’s a simple software solution that dramatically offloads SAN storage and provides desktop level storage performance analytics. The general availability of NexentaConnect for Citrix XenDesktop is the next step in a big year for Nexenta as we continue to bring the benefits of Software-Defined Storage to all platforms and workloads.” said Thomas Cornely, Chief Product Officer at Nexenta.  

Other features of NexentaConnect for Citrix XenDesktop include:

  • Reduces existing SAN workload by I/O offload. 
  • Optimize persistent and stateless desktop on any SAN
  • Optimize stateless desktops on shared nothing configurations
  • Simple to deploy and operate through an intuitive GUI integrated with Citrix XenDesktop Machine Creation Services (MCS)
  • Support for Citrix XenDesktop 7.6 and prior.  Citrix Ready certification is in progress.

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

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Further resources:

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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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