Nexenta’s Industry Leading Scale-Out Block and Object Software-Defined Storage Platform Receive 2016 American Business Awards℠ for Outstanding Innovation

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—May 9, 2016  Nexenta (@Nexenta), the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS), today announced that CEO and Chairman, Tarkan Maner, was named the winner of a Bronze Stevie® Award in the “Executive of the Year” category, and NexentaEdge, the company’s Block and Object storage services solution, was also presented with a Bronze Stevie® Award in the “New Product or Service of the Year” category in The 14th Annual American Business Awards today.

The American Business Awards are the nation’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. 

Nicknamed the Stevie for the Greek word meaning “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at a gala ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on Monday, June 20. Tickets are now on sale.

More than 3,400 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Startup of the Year, Executive of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Marketing Campaign of the Year, Live Event of the Year, and App of the Year, among others.  

Tarkan Maner, Chairman and CEO at Nexenta, was named a winner in the “Executive of the Year” category for “Computer Services & Software” with up to 500 employees, for the second consecutive year. Maner is accredited with driving Nexenta’s ongoing success in paving the way in the software-defined storage market, serving as a strategically-focused and results-driven leader, constantly striving to develop innovation in products, partnerships and company culture. Maner is also recognized for his ongoing philanthropic leadership and as an investor and advisor in the Information Technology industry.

“We are honored to once again be named as leaders in innovation by The American Business Awards,” said Maner. “The Stevie Awards recognize outstanding performances in the workplace, and this win is a testament to our ongoing dedication to providing customers and partners with the benefits of high-quality, flexible and easily accessible open software-defined storage solutions at a low cost.”

Named a winner in the “New Product or Service of the Year—Software” category for “Storage & Backup Solutions,” NexentaEdge was recognized for serving as the first software-only scale out storage solution to deliver cluster-wide inline deduplication, offering high performance, and simplified management of petabyte-scale repositories. Nexenta’s SDS solution is also helping to bring containers to the enterprise, enabling freedom of storage and application mobility.  

“We are thrilled Nexenta’s innovation in software-defined solutions has continued to be validated through the recognition by this prestigious award of our newest product, NexentaEdge,” said Thomas Cornely, Chief Product Officer at Nexenta. “NexentaEdge was developed from the ground-up to deliver high performance Block and Object storage services across datacenter environments.  We are confident that we can continue to develop and build on its existing impact for years to come.”

More than 250 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s award winners.

“The judges were extremely impressed with the quality of entries we received this year. The competition was intense and every organization that has won should be proud,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards.

NexentaEdge has also been nominated in the People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products “Best New Product or Service of the Year Software - Cloud Storage & Backup Solution” category, which is open for voting to the general public until June 3.

Details about The American Business Awards and the list of 2016 Stevie winners are available at   

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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, 42 patents, and more than 1,500 petabytes of storage under management. Nexenta uniquely integrates deep software-only “Open Source” collaboration with one of the largest and most vibrant Open Source communities (46,000 members) and a comprehensive vision around a commodity hardware-centric “Software-Defined Storage” innovation enabling ANY app, cloud platform and protocol. Nexenta is 100% Software-based; and 100% hardware-, protocol-, cloud platform-, and app-agnostic providing organizations with Total Freedom protecting them against punitive “vendor-lock-in”, “vendor-bait-n-switch”, and “vendor-rip-n-replace” gimmicks. Nexenta provides enterprises with the "true" benefits of “true” Software-Defined Everything-centric Cloud Computing – from data centers to end users; from the infrastructure to apps. Nexenta 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 along with enterprise-scale 24x7 - around the globe - All Love - service and support with a global partner network, including Canonical, Cisco, Citrix, Dell, Docker, HPE, IBM, Lenovo, Micron, Quanta, SanDisk, Seagate, Supermicro, VMware, Western Digital, Wipro, and many others. Nexenta:  100% Software. Total Freedom. All Love.

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About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at

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