OpenStack Leaders Nexenta and Canonical Join Forces to Support Enterprise OpenStack Customers


Companies collaborate to deliver solutions that help enterprises accelerate mainstream adoption of OpenStack and Software-Defined Storage

SANTA CLARA, Calif. and VANCOUVER, BC - May 18, 2015Nexenta (@Nexenta), the global leader of Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS) solutions and Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu and Ubuntu OpenStack, today jointly announced its strategic alliance agreement. The alliance will allow Canonical’s Ubuntu OpenStack customers to benefit from Nexenta’s full spectrum of OpenSDS products for their large scale private and hybrid clouds.

Since its launch in 2004, the Ubuntu OS, has become the natural choice for users of all kinds, from Fortune 500 companies to hardware makers, content providers, software developers and individual technologists. With developers, support staff and engineering centers all over the world, Canonical is uniquely positioned to help its partners and enterprise customers make the most of Ubuntu. Ubuntu is the leading cloud OS and Ubuntu OpenStack is the leading distribution of OpenStack.  According to the OpenStack User Survey, over 55% of production clouds today run on Ubuntu, many of whom have large requirements for enterprise quality storage. 

Together the two companies will develop and deliver solutions that help customers simplify and accelerate large-scale Ubuntu OpenStack deployments on Nexenta OpenSDS solutions, including NexentaStor for File and Block and NexentaEdge for Object and Block.  Nexenta has also joined the Canonical Charm Partner Programme and will provide seamless support for Canonical service model Juju. Juju provides a high-level service model for automating the deployment and management of applications.  Nexenta has also become a member of Canonical's OpenStack Interoperability Lab (OIL).

Both Canonical and Nexenta plan to further extend their technology collaboration with the integration and availability of NexentaEdge through Canonical’s Charm program and packaging solution Landscape that allows users of Ubuntu OpenStack to easily choose and deploy Nexenta products as their choice for storage.

“Nexenta is excited to join forces with Canonical. Our goal is to take Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage technology mainstream. With data volumes growing at a record rate, customers are looking for innovative cost effective approaches. By working with Canonical we can combine the benefits of OpenStack with our market leading OpenSDS solutions,” said Tarkan Maner, Chairman and CEO, Nexenta.

“With Nexenta joining Canonical’s Cloud Partner program we plan to further extend our technology collaboration with the integration and availability of NexentaEdge through Canonical's Juju tools,” said John Zannos, VP Cloud Alliances, Canonical. “Working together will allow Ubuntu OpenStack and Juju to easily choose and deploy Nexenta storage products for customers using OpenStack.”

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About Canonical

Canonical is the commercial sponsor of the Ubuntu project and the leading provider of enterprise services for Ubuntu cloud deployments. Ubuntu delivers reliability, performance and interoperability to cloud and scale out environments. Telcos and cloud service providers trust Ubuntu for OpenStack and public cloud and it is used by global enterprises such as AT&T, Comcast, Cisco WebEx, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, China Telecom, Korea Telecom, NEC, NTT, Numergy and Time Warner Cable.

Canonical’s tools Juju and MAAS raise the bar for scale-out orchestration in cloud environments. With developers, support staff and engineering centres all over the world, Canonical is uniquely positioned to help its partners and enterprise customers make the most of Ubuntu. Canonical is a privately held company.

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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