Nexenta’s Software-Defined Storage Selected by Leading European Engineering Company to Revitalize its IT Systems

Working with Layer 8 IT-Services, the Sustainable Engineering Company Recognized the Economic Benefits of Implementing a Software-Defined Storage Platform

SANTA CLARA, Calif., & STOCKHOLM — January 13, 2014 —Nexenta (@Nexenta), the global leader in Software-Defined Storage (SDS) (#softwaredefinedstorage), today announced that Goodtech, a leading Nordics-based technology and engineering company dedicated to renewing and developing important public functions, has implemented Nexenta’s highly available SDS solution to underpin its IT systems. 

With customers in various industries including manufacturing, energy and the public sector, Goodtech develops and delivers projects and services through the integration of sustainable solutions. Initially established in Sweden in 1913, the company now employs more than 1,500 people in over 40 locations in Norway, Sweden and Åland. Examples of customers in Sweden are AstraZeneca, LKAB, NCC, PEAB, Trafikverket, Vattenfall and Volvo.

With its incumbent storage solution reaching the end of its life, Goodtech worked with Layer 8 IT-Services, its technology partner, to find a new storage platform that could keep total cost of ownership (TCO) low while delivering high performance, stability and functionality. After initially testing NexentaStor in a controlled environment, Goodtech chose to deploy a Nexenta solution, running on Dell servers, with a NexentaStor High Availability (HA) Cluster to manage, control and protect its data.

Goodtech’s virtualized environment hosts hundreds of virtual machines (VMs) and its data is stored across two data centers. It is vital that Goodtech’s IT infrastructure is supported by a reliable, high performance storage platform that can be scaled appropriately to keep up with capacity demand and ensure business continuity.

“We were initially attracted to Nexenta because of its ZFS based, open source set up that could be adapted to fit our exact needs, and stop us from being tied down to one vendor,” said Anders Hellquist, Senior Systems Engineer at Goodtech. “After comparing it to a number of other offerings, we implemented Nexenta as we were amazed at the cost saving that could be achieved and it now provides us with a rock-solid foundation to build upon.”  

“Goodtech started the journey towards Software-Defined Storage by installing a test-environment with NexentaStor to evaluate functionality, scalability and performance. During their tests they not only found it was enterprise class storage, it also outperformed the current storage in performance and scalability. This made it very easy for Goodtech to take the next step and replace their primary storage platform with NexentaStor,” said Johan Tungström, CEO, Layer 8 IT-Services.

Mark Jordan, EMEA VP at Nexenta, said: “Goodtech is a prime example of a business that can benefit from Software-Defined Storage. When a legacy solution reaches the end of its life, an SDS alternative is the most flexible platform on offer in terms of cost and scalability and avoids enterprises suffering from vendor lock-in in the future. Goodtech has started its journey into the Software-Defined world, and are already reaping the rewards. “

Further resources

NexentaStor datasheet

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About Layer 8 IT-Services

Layer 8 IT-Services was founded in 2010 by three highly motivated IT consultants that together have more than 35 years of experience within the IT Industry. Layer 8’s focus on Smart DataCenters and deliver IT Solutions, Cloud Services, Managed Services as well as IT Consulting within Networks, Security, Storage and Virtualisation. Layer 8 is based in Stockholm, Linköping and Gävle, SWEDEN. For more information visit: or follow us on twitter @Layer_8_IT.

About Nexenta

Nexenta is the global leader in Software-Defined Storage, delivering easy-to-use, secure and ultra-low cost storage software solutions. Nexenta solutions are hardware-, protocol-, and app-agnostic, providing innovation freedom and speed for organizations to realize the "true" benefits of Software-Defined Infrastructure-centric Cloud Computing. Nexenta enables workloads 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. Founded around an "open source” platform and industry-disruptive vision, Nexenta delivers its award- and patent-winning software-only unified storage management solutions with a global partner network. For more information, visit,, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube. Also, download the newly published Nexenta Special Edition Software Defined Data Centers (SDDC) for Dummies eBook.

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