Nexenta Introduces Early Access Version of Next Generation Open Source-Driven Software Defined Storage Solution to More Than 46,000 Community Members

NexentaStor 5 Community Preview, Debuting at Citrix Synergy 2015, Strengthens Data Integrity and Simplifies Management


SANTA CLARA, Calif. and ORLANDO, Florida  — May 12, 2015 — Nexenta (@Nexenta), the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS), today announced NexentaStor 5 Community Preview making an early access version of the next generation of NexentaStor™, the award-winning SDS solution and a key building block of the Software Defined Data Center, available to the Nexenta Community.


The announcement was made today at Citrix Synergy 2015 in Orlando, Florida. General Availability of the next generation of NexentaStor – version 5.0 -- is expected the end of 2015.  


More than 46,000 Nexenta Community Members, who will have access to this early access version of Nexenta’s next generation Software Defined Storage solution, will be able to collaborate with Nexenta to further drive innovation in Nexenta’s Open Source-driven Software Defined Storage architectures, solutions and software and hardware platforms. Nexenta Community members will have a premiere opportunity to influence the direction and development of the next major release of NexentaStor.  


Nexenta is an active participant and contributor in multiple open source projects. The company not only participates in the vibrant software development community via the Nexenta Community, but also contributes through multi-OS support (e.g., Illumos, BSD, LINUX, OSX, etc.), and along with other major brands, through efforts.


NexentaStor 5 Community Preview offers advanced OpenSDS capabilities, easing migration to the Software Defined Data Center, strengthening data integrity and simplifying management.


“As more and more companies move to the Software Defined Data Center of the future, the freedom and flexibility that open source based solutions like OpenSDS provide will become even more important to enterprises than it is today,” said Eric Burgener, research director, storage at IDC. “With NexentaStor 5 Community Preview, storage professionals can work with and contribute to an enterprise-class product built around Open Source-Driven Software Defined Storage technology.”


“I feel privileged to be part of Nexenta’s fast-growing community and partner eco-system – which is evidence in itself that OpenSDS innovation is essential for enterprises who want to move to the Software-Defined Data Center of the future,” said Larry Smith Jr., a Nexenta Community member. “Having early access to NexentaStor 5 through this Community Preview not only gives me the opportunity to get a jump on familiarizing myself with the solution, it allows me to take an active role in contributing to the development of technology that is driving change across a wide-range of IT infrastructures.”  


“NexentaStor 5 Community Preview reinforces our commitment to OpenSDS principles by actively engaging with members of the Nexenta community and seek their input,” said Thomas Cornely, Nexenta’s Chief Product Officer. “Using NexentaStor 5 Community Preview, community members can be first to test the benefits of this latest version, which aims to bring ease of management and ease of programmability via a new self documenting REST API to our market leading NexentaStor solution.”


Today, Nexenta shares the continued innovation of its industry-leading NexentaStor open storage solution through its newest Community Preview. Enhancements include:

  • High performance iSCSI Block and NFS and SMB File storage services, ideal for cloud backend, near-line archive and generic file sharing use cases
  • New high performance, high concurrency, management framework
  • New self-documenting REST API enabling users and partners to simply build powerful automation and storage orchestration
  • Updated Command Line Interface for simpler deployment, configuration and management
  • Increased performance and efficiency, requiring less rack space, power and cooling resources. 


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.


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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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Media Contacts:

Allison Darin

Director of Communications and Public Relations, Nexenta