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NexentaStor: HPR User Guide

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This document demonstrates how to configure High Performance Replication (HPR) to replicate datasets using the NexentaStor Command Line Interface (CLI). The NexentaStor High-Performance Replication (HPR) feature is an extension of the snapshot-based data protection.

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NexentaStor Adds NAS Capabilities to HCI or Block Storage Systems

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Add Software-Based NAS to Extend Your Investment

Nexenta’s solution portfolio is 100% software-based for both on and off premise settings. As companies adopt new enterprise architecture options that include block-only storage and hyper-converged infrastructure to improve performance and simplify deployments but over time there is a need to expand the workloads but run into challenges due to not having file based storage services.

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NexentaCloud for Hybrid Cloud Storage

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Michael Richtberg, a Nexenta Advisory Board member discusses Hybrid Cloud computing, challenges, and how NexentaCloud solves them.

In this white paper, you will learn more about what Hybrid Cloud Computing is, the pros and cons, why it matters to your enterprise, and ultimately how NexentaCloud leverages the benefits and solves the issues.

By reading this paper you will learn:

  • Using public cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) for hybrid cloud computing provides several benefits.
  • Why Hybrid digital transformation makes pragmatic sense for many organizations.
  • How NexentaCloud opens up your storage and data management possibility to best accommodate your needs for flexible data location and expansion.

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Nexenta extends SDS into the cloud while enhancing its management platform

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The company has expanded its portfolio of SDS products to reach further into the cloud while continuing to capitalize on next-generation workloads like containerized applications.

Global research and advisory firm 451 discuss their findings on Nexenta as they expand their product portfolio to the cloud in this report. This reports covers the challenges, context, and strategy behind Nexenta as a company and particularly with the release and entrance into the public and hybrid cloud space. Download the report below to read more.

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Enterprise Strategy Group Nexenta and HGST Solution Showcase

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Optimize IT with Storage Infrastructure Agility

Leading Enterprise Strategy Group analyst Scott Sinclair discusses how competing in today’s digital economy demands improvements in IT agility, flexibility, and capability. In response, IT organizations have begun to modernize their storage infrastructure with software-defined storage (SDS) technology.

The flexibility and agility delivered by SDS through hardware independence can offer a more optimized and effective infrastructure. Nexenta, a leader in software-defined storage, is partnering with HGST, a Western Digital company and a leader in storage hardware innovation, to develop agile infrastructure for the demands of the modern digital business.

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Web Support: VPS Benchmarking White Paper

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In this report, WebSupport presents their latest benchmarking results comparing their VPS platform based on Nexenta with a variety of local and global Cloud competitors. They provide details on random writes,network availability, download speeds and more in this in depth report.

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Software-Defined Storage for a New Generation of IT

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Software-Defined Storage for a New Generation of IT

A new set of storage technologies, referred to as software-defined storage (SDS) solutions, has emerged to offer not just enhanced scalability, but also agility, flexibility, and efficiency. These SDS solutions provide IT organizations the ability to more easily deploy, tailor, and evolve the hardware infrastructure to the needs of the workload. Emerging workloads, such as business intelligence and analytics, have altered the way digital content is accessed.

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Designing the Portfolio of the Future on Software-defined Storage (SDS)

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Designing the Portfolio of the Future on Software-defined Storage (SDS)

Two separate ESG research studies have identified the ongoing challenges of data growth. In one study polling IT executives on overall IT spending intentions, managing data growth was the third most commonly identified overall IT priority. In a separate investigation of storage leaders, the rapid rate of data growth was tied with data protection as the most commonly identified primary storage challenge, with six of the remaining top ten challenges; hardware costs, data protection, staff costs, running out of physical space, power and cooling costs, and device management, all classifiable as potential symptoms of data growth.

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Benchmarking Results: Performance is the New Benchmark for Success

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Benchmarking Results: Performance is the New Benchmark for Success in the Cloud

In this report, ScaleMatrix presents the latest series of benchmark results comparing ScaleMatrix’ TruCore Cloud Computing platform based on Nexenta with Azure, Amazon, Google and Rackspace. They chose to perform OLTP – On-Line Transaction Processing – testing as our experience shows that this will produce the most “real-life” results as they relate to our customers’ usage of Cloud Computing

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451 Research Report: Nexenta courts DevOps with free storage platform for containers

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As a Software-Defined Storage vendor, Nexenta offers the freedom to customers and end users to determine the right storage choice for their workloads.

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Proving the Scalability of Software-Defined Storage With 25/50Gb Ethernet Networking

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Proving the Scalability of Software-Defined Storage With 25/50Gb Ethernet Networking

Software-Defined Storage (SDS) is growing in popularity because it offers lower costs and more
deployment flexibility than traditional storage arrays, but it comes in many different architectures and
designs which support varying degrees of scale and performance. NexentaEdge is an ideal scale-out SDS
choice for OpenStack clouds requiring high performance block and object storage. Benchmark testing of a
12-node cluster proved its ability to deliver high throughput with flash storage and also demonstrated the
value of a high-speed Mellanox network in supporting that performance.

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Get Better Storage for Your OpenStack Implementation

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OpenStack enables organizations of all sizes, from startups to multinational corporations, to set up inexpensive private or public cloud infrastructure to support rapid growth. The different modes and systems available through OpenStack – whether private or public cloud – mean there’s a use case for almost every type of organization. But no matter how you’re planning to use it, you can get the most cost-effective OpenStack when you implement highly cost-effective OpenStack-compatible storage – such as Nexenta solutions.

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451 Research Report: Key Trends in Storage for 2015

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This paper combines excerpts from the report, 2015 Trends in Storage, by 451 Research, with additional comments from Simon Robinson of 451 Research and from Tarkan Maner, Chairman and CEO of Nexenta, the global leader of software-defined storage (SDS) solutions.

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IDC Vendor Profile: Nexenta's Success Mirrors That of the Burgeoning Software-Defined Storage Platform Market

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IDC Vendor Profile examines Nexenta, an SDS solution providing unified block-, file-, and object- based storage as a storage foundation for the SDDC and a much lower-cost alternative to traditional network-based enterprise storage offerings. The document discusses the SDDC, reviews and analyzes key trends in this market today, and evaluates Nexenta's strategy and solution offerings in this space.

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451 Research Impact Report: Nexenta looks to expand TAM with scale-out object storage play, IPO on horizon

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The company that lives and breathes 'software defined storage' is planning a major product expansion this year in a bid to expand its addressable market and eventually go public. It next major development, NexentaEdge, will take it into the object storage arena.

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A Converged Appliance for Software-Defined VDI: Citrix XenDesktop 7.6 on Citrix XenServer and NexentaStor

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Companies are virtualizing their desktop environments to improve security, increase workforce flexibility, and simplify desktop and application management. For small and medium companies, however, the cost of the backend infrastructure for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) remains an obstacle to adoption. Software-defined storage can help solve this challenge by providing a costeffective storage solution that delivers performance and scalability for future growth. This paper describes a converged VDI appliance—based on Citrix XenDesktop, Citrix XenServer, NexentaStor Software-Defined Storage, and industry-standard x86 servers with local storage—and reveals how it performed in tests of scalability and reliability.

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Software-Defined Storage Hydrates the Cloud

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Software-Defined Storage Hydrates the Cloud

Data centers have gone through a major transition over the past ten years. The use of servers dedicated to a specific role or application has given way to server virtualization which is dramatically evolving the data center landscape for the compute portion of the data center, driving to higher levels of cost efficiency and flexibility. Until recently storage and networking have lagged behind in this transition, but are now rapidly gaining ground with the use of software-based storage and networking running on a range of industry-standard hardware vs. being tied to a specific vendor’s hardware platform with the associated higher cost involved.

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Nexenta® Liberates Storage to Deliver a Better ROI by Citrix

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Nexenta Liberates Storage to Deliver a Better ROI

Full analysis of NexentaStor’s performance and ROI results from Citrix Ready VDI Capacity Validation Program for Storage Partners.

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The New Five 9s: Achieving Big Iron Storage with Commodity Storage Hardware

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The New Five 9s: Achieving Big Iron Storage Availability with Commodity Storage Hardware

This ESG white paper argues that now is the time for a new storage strategy to deal with the ongoing avalanche of big data and unstructured data, as well as the demands for the increasingly important five 9s availability of this data.

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SAN Acceleration Using NexentaConnect™ View Edition with ThirdParty SAN Storage

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For years, storage has been a major challenge for VDI propagation and an obstacle to deployments — and this challenge continues today. Several factors contribute to increased requirements for backend enterprise-grade SAN. These include highly bursty, write-intensive workloads; small blocksize; random I/O generated simultaneously by multiple virtual desktops; and boot and login storms. To meet user expectations for performance and latency (response time) of virtual desktops (the user experience must be the same as or better than that of conventional desktops and mobile devices), many storage administrators employ an outdated approach: overprovisioning the SAN for all peak conditions and investing in backend storage at a, prohibitively high premium.

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NexentaStor™ - ZFS File System Features, Technical Overview

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ZFS hybrid storage pools intelligently combine DRAM, flash, and hard disk drives to achieve the right balance of cost and performance for any given working set, while reducing the need for administrators to constantly monitor storage for I/O bottlenecks. By reducing both read and write latency with the use of flash in a ZFS hybrid storage pool, we end up with a system that performs far better than legacy storage systems, while having a much lower total cost of ownership (TCO).

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Performance Study: NexentaConnect™ View Edition Branch Office Solution

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User experience continues to take on greater importance with today’s knowledge workers having increasingly demanding expectations about the speed and reliability of their desktop sessions. Many knowledge workers have a choice and may elect to use desktop virtualization or optionally use a corporate laptop or a BYOD notebook option. For desktop virtualization to increase its share and acceptance among knowledge workers and power users, the end user experience must remain competitive which implies, for instance, better than 5 milliseconds (ms) IO latency.

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NexentaConnect™ Technology Review

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NexentaConnect can be deployed using either ESXi direct attached storage or shared storage. When deployed on shared storage, NexentaConnect is fully compatible with vSphere vMotion and vSphere distributed resources scheduler (DRS). The product includes a simple UI that removes the complexity of installation and configuration in a large scale; in part the product completely “hides” storage with all its related discovery, provisioning, and management aspects that constitute a separate, vendor dependent, skillset and a large portion of the total cost of ownership (TCO).

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Forrester Total Economic Impact Study

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The Total Economic Impact Of A Nexenta-based Storage Solution

A Case Study Focused On Software-Defined Enterprise Storage

Forrester Consulting conducted a Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) study and examined the potential return on investment (ROI) enterprises may realize by deploying Nexenta-based storage solutions to enterprise storage environments. The purpose of this study is to provide readers with a framework to evaluate the potential financial impact of NexentaStor on their organizations.

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NexentaStor: iSCSI Multipath Configuration

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The purpose of this document is to provide recommendations and configuration instructions for setting up iSCSI multipathing on both a NexentaStor Enterprise appliance and various common client operating systems. This document provides sane standardized configuration options.

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NexentaStor: iSCSI Security Using CHAP

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Securing LUNs accessed via iSCSI is accomplished by using Challenge-Handshake Authentication Protocol, or CHAP authentication. There are two flavors of CHAP authentication: unidirectional and bidirectional. The goal of this paper is to walk through the setup and understand the concepts around LUN masking in iSCSI.

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NexentaStor: ZFS Performance Guide

Solution Guide

This document helps end users understand Nexenta and the sizing of storage appliances. This paper walks through all the necessary knowledge needed for sizing storage nodes. Tuning an appliance should not be necessary if hardware is sized correctly for the workload. Once in a while, we might hit a few cases that require some tuning. However, 99% of the time, if the hardware is sized correctly, no tuning is necessary.

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