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Nexenta Delivers Next Generation Software Defined Storage Solutions

Nexenta (@Nexenta), the global leader of Software Defined Storage (SDS) (#softwaredefinedstorage) solutions, today announced the latest release of NexentaStor™, the award-winning SDS solution and a key building block of the Software Defined Data Center. The announcement was made today at Cloud Expo Europe 2014 in London. This release of NexentaStor will be available in Q2, 2014.

NexentaStor has strategically impacted the storage industry to lower TCO, and with the imminent release of NexentaStor 4.0 the business and technology benefits will exceed basic economics. NexentaStor is the leading commercial-grade SDS implementation, and SDS is key components of the mounting shift towards a Software Defined Data Center.

"The volume and type of data being collected by enterprises today is moving storage to the forefront of CIO and IT agendas," according to Donna Taylor, Research Director, IDC. "This data deluge is creating very real and very pressing issues to organizations struggling to keep up. In such environments, storage is becoming a strategic company-wide issue and companies are eager to find solutions that balance security, price, performance and reliability."

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

  • 50% reduction in HA failover times
  • Embedded intelligence in the Fault Management Architecture (FMA) which detects and resolves issues around failing hardware to reduce performance impacts
  • Improved problem isolation that provides better reliability and visibility
  • Reduced latencies to end users with the addition of Server Message Block (SMB) 2.1 support
  • Simplified administration with the new wizard-driven storage pool with configuration and deployment tools
  • Dramatic improvement in performance with support for 512GB memory
  • Significant replication improvements with a highly improved AutoSync service
  • Numerous additional SNMP MIBs and Traps for increased observability and monitoring
  • Code base migration to Illumos open-source operating system, for improvements in security, management and monitoring
  • Improves stability and supportability
  • Seamless upgrade from all existing NexentaStor versions

"Software Defined Data Center is the future in IT; and Nexenta is at the forefront of this movement," said Tarkan Maner, Chairman and CEO of Nexenta. "Our Software Defined Storage solutions have already changed the traditional storage management approach with our fast-growing customer and partner ecosystem. With today's announcement of NexentaStor 4.0, we are extending our substantial TCO advantages by adding disruptive technology capabilities along with additional business benefits for organizations who are sick and tired of the IT status quo."

With NexentaStor 4.0, 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.

For additional information, contact [email protected]

Additional Supporting Quotes from Customers:

"Nexenta's progressive thinking and innovative products have them riding high on the SDS wave that is set to disrupt how data centers operate today; the combination of flexibility - on hardware vendors and architecture - with attractive economics makes their solutions the right choice for us, " said Steve MacPherson, CTO of FrameStore, an Oscar-winning visual effects company. "It's a pleasure to work with their knowledgeable and highly technical team – their support helps enable our success."

“With Software Defined Storage being at the heart of nearly every product we sell, Nexenta helps our team at ScaleMatrix deliver the best performance at a competitive cost," according to Chris Orlando, Co-Founder of ScaleMatrix, a Nexenta customer focused on private cloud services. "The end result is more value for our end users!”

“As a leading specialist in virtual desktops, our storage needs are demanding to enable us to deliver a premium desktop solution to our customers. Working with Nexenta, we have been able to help our clients reduce their storage complexity and to help them achieve the real benefits which VDI delivers. We are really looking forward to the new features that Nexentastor 4.0 offers, including the dramatically improved performance and 50% reduction in HA failover times. Nexenta is disrupting the storage market, Nexentastor 4.0 will take it to the next level." says Mike McGuigan, CEO, Molten Technologies, a leading Cloud Service Provider.

“I am extremely interested in the new features offered by NexentaStor 4.0, especially the ability to off-load metadata and the asynchronous deletes capability,” said John R. Schleigh IV, IT Manager for ESRG, a leading data analysis and remote monitoring technology firm that uses a unified storage appliance supplied by Silicon Mechanics. “I expect that being able to get that out of RAM will help us a lot. I am also looking forward to taking advantage of the improved compression ratio and the updated Common Internet File System (CIFS).”

"We have been extremely happy with NexentaStor and excited by the promise of the 4.0 release with the added functionality around HA, Fault Management, as well as the scale and performance benefits," said Doug Soltesz, VP and CIO of Budd Van Lines, a leading transportation network company. "We look forward to continuing our success with Nexenta and NexentaStor."

Additional Supporting Quotes from Partners:

“The combination of Dell Storage, Dell PowerEdge servers, and SDS software from vendors such as Nexenta provides excellent value and performance for customers,” said Alan Atkinson, Vice President and General Manager at Dell. “The advances in NexentaStor point to continued adoption of Software Defined Storage as a model for storage management, and Dell is committed to offering the industry’s best technology platform for SDS delivery.”

Howard Hall, senior director of Technical Alliances, VMware, stated, "We are pleased to have a quality partner like Nexenta delivering certified solutions on vSphere® 5.5 that bring additional features and benefits to our joint customers. Nexenta brings storage solutions to software-defined data centers that are unique and innovative."

“Nexenta continues to advance the software-defined storage category with its NexentaStor platform, and we’re pleased to support their innovative approach,” said Mark Long, president, Western Digital Capital. “Solutions such as NexentaStor provide the building blocks for a virtualized storage tier and delivers numerous benefits to enterprise and cloud datacenter customers. Western Digital continues to work with partners to support and grow the innovation of the broader storage ecosystem.”

Aimee Catalano, VP Alliance Marketing at Citrix Systems, Inc. said, “Nexenta’s open storage solution, NexentaStor, offers Citrix customers the freedom of hardware choice and provides a forward-thinking path to Software Defined Storage.”

"Nexenta was one of the first storage vendors to integrate with OpenStack and has since been a committed member and an active contributor to the community," said Boris Renski, Mirantis, co-founder and OpenStack foundation board member. "We've seen strong interest in Nexenta solutions among organizations adopting OpenStack and our partnership enables us to provide choice and best possible experience to the customers and partners."

"Inventec's commitment to core philosophies such as innovation and quality also extends to the companies and partners with whom we work," according to George Wang, Chief Advisor at Inventec Corporation. "For this reason and more, we are pleased to see Nexenta continue to innovate and extend the capabilities of NexentaStor. As software defined storage continues to be adopted throughout the enterprise, we are confident Nexenta's offerings will be held in high regard.”

"Customers want complete, validated, and cost-effective Software Defined Storage solutions," said Mike Yang, General Manager of Quanta QCT. "Our partnership with Nexenta makes it simple for cloud-scale datacenter customers to add storage based on NexentaStor 4.0, pre-certified on Quanta gear."

"We are seeing that forward-thinking enterprises are looking at storage strategically, and not as a check-box item," according to Guy Watts, Managing Director, at Getech Ltd., a leading UK IT distributor and VAR. "In the same way that virtualization impacted the server industry a decade ago, we are seeing SDS impacting legacy storage vendors."

"Nexenta's innovative broad SDS solutions, in addition to the continued improvements of their portfolio with new disruptive releases like NexentaStor 4.0, are just some of the key reasons that we team so successfully with Nexenta," said Nao Sato, Founder and CEO at Ascentech, a leading IT Solution Provider and Value Added Distributor, in Japan.

“Silicon Mechanics’ strong partnership with Nexenta has been instrumental in helping customers realize the benefits of Software Defined Storage with an innovative product that improves our product performance and reliability,” said Eva Cherry, CEO and President of Silicon Mechanics, a leading IT solution provider. “As a premier reseller for Nexenta, we are excited about how the enhancements in NexentaStor 4.0 will continue to help customers address the challenges inherent in big storage.”

Patrick van Helden, Chief Architect at Proact Netherlands B.V, a leading Nexenta value added reseller, says, “This latest version of NexentaStor shows us that Nexenta has a strong focus on adding features and functionality to the newest release based on customer needs requirements and not on industry buzzwords.”

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About Nexenta

Nexenta is the global leader in Software Defined Storage. Nexenta delivers secure, easily-managed, highly available, reliable, and scalable storage software solutions via ultra-low TCO. Nexenta solutions are hardware-, protocol-, workload-, and app-agnostic, providing innovation freedom for organizations to realize "true" benefits of Cloud Computing via virtualization-enabled Software Defined Data Centers. Nexenta enables workloads from rich media-driven Social Media to Mobility; from Internet of Things to Big Data. Built on an "open source platform," Nexenta delivers award- and patent-winning software-only unified storage management solutions with a global channel partner network. For more information, visit www.nexenta.com

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