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www.nexenta.com

Nexenta Systems is the world’s leading provider of Software-defined Storage solutions. The company’s flagship software-only platform, NexentaStor, delivers high-performance, ultra-scalable, cloud- and virtualization-optimized storage management. Privately held, Nexenta is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

A vibrant and exciting Nexenta community is growing day by day as evidenced by thousands of downloads and thousands of licenses sold to date. Further, Nexenta’s products are being embedded into a growing set of products and solutions created and sold by hardware vendors, software developers, systems integrators, OEMs, and resellers. Nexenta products are available in many languages and character sets, such as Japanese, Chinese, and Russian, and are sold worldwide.

Beginning in 2004, Alex Aizman and Dmitry Yusupov wrote the iSCSI storage stack, as well as founding the Open iSCSI development community (http://www.open-iscsi.org). In 2005, they saw the opportunity to pioneer by combining components of Linux with the OpenSolaris and Open Storage codebases and founded Nexenta. As a result of being one of the earliest companies to work in this area, Nexenta’s products were among the first open source storage products to be brought to market in mid-2008. Nexenta’s core storage platform, NexentaStor™, is a software-only storage operating system and a storage-optimized file system based on OpenSolaris / OpenStorage ZFS technology. With this unique combination, NexentaStor delivers ease-of-use and developer friendly aspects in tandem with the power and scalability needed for enterprise class storage. Nexenta products, built on top of the NexentaStor platform, provide unparalleled capabilities in managing multivendor environments, extreme efficiencies in storage administration and management, and core storage capabilities for content management, compliance, and more.

​Nexenta: Leadership in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS)—and a Vision for Open Source-driven Software-Defined Everything (OpenSDx)

Nexenta is the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage – what they call Open Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS). They uniquely integrate software-only “Open Source” collaboration with commodity hardware-centric “Software-Defined Storage” (SDS) innovation.

NAS is the only premium partner in the UK, and we supply the full portfolio of Nexenta’s software solutions. We have an extensive knowledge of where the product fits in any environment.

 

Nexenta’s Product Range

NexentaStor

NexentaStor delivers unified file (NFS and SMB) and block (FC and iSCSI) storage services, runs on industry standard hardware supporting all-flash, hybrid, and all-disk scaling from tens of terabytes to petabyte configurations, and includes all data management functionality by default.

With the introduction of NexentaStor 5.0, the award-winning storage platform, and in combination with NexentaFusion customers can deploy, run, and scale better than ever before. From getting set up, to daily task, and checking the health of your storage environment, IT administrators are able to easily manage the needs of their business. Standard day to day tasks including deploying pools and creating a file system are now easy to configure in a matter of minutes.

Benefits

  • Dramatically lower storage costs for Cloud and Enterprise workloads
  • Simple swap-in replacement of legacy block and file storage appliances
  • Partner certified Reference Architectures for ease of deployment and support
  • Integration with NexentaFusion to provide simple management and orchestration for NexentaStor

Functionality

  • Unified File (NFS and SMB) and Block (FC and iSCSI) services
  • Enterprise-grade data integrity, scale and performance scaling from 10’s of Terabytes to Petabytes
  • Unlimited file system sizes
  • Inline data reduction for additional storage cost savings
  • Unlimited space optimized snapshots and clones
  • Periodic or continuous asynchronous long distance replication

NexentaStor Integration

With best in class VMware integration, NexentaStor is designed with a multi-tenant VMware vCenter Plug-in and VMware Virtual Volume (VVOL) support. The VMware vCenter Web Client Plugin simplifies day-to-day operational tasks for VMware Administrators by allowing customers to incrementally scale storage by adding datastores from within the vCenter interface, identifying performance bottlenecks and reviewing capacity utilization trends.

Integration with vCenter’s role-based authentication mechanism provides an added level of segmentation and security options for multi-tenant solutions, branch offices and even departmental storage solutions. It is a perfect complement for NexentaStor 5.0 VMware Virtual Volume support, allowing all storage operations on NexentaStor to be performed with Virtual Machine granularity.

We also offer advanced support for Docker, via the Docker volume driver, and full support for OpenStack, with OpenStack Cinder drivers for iSCSI and NFS for a broad set of OpenStack releases, you are able to easily snap in NexentaStor into a variety of use cases and take advantage of the innovation happening in the data center.

Target Use Cases

  • VMware cloud backend storage
  • Generic NAS file services and Home Directory storage
  • Near-line archive and large scale backup repositories
  • OpenStack and CloudStack backend storage

NexentaStor Add-Ons

  • Nexenta High-Availability
  • High Performance Replication (HPR)
  • VMware vCenter Plug-in
  • OpenStack Plug-ins

NexentaEdge

NexentaEdge is specifically designed from the ground-up to deliver the performance, data integrity and storage functionality required for primary storage applications and virtual machines.

It is powered by advanced data reduction technologies, including cluster-wide inline deduplication, compression and Quick Erasure Coding (Quick EC). Quick EC technology reduces the storage overhead required to maintain the redundancy of data across servers, without affecting read or write performance. In addition, NexentaEdge is fully integrated with Docker Datacenter deployments and enables users to seamlessly deploy storage and application services as containers across servers.

NexentaEdge Delivers:

  • Multi-service scale-out platform delivering iSCSI block, NFS file and S3 and Swift object services
  • Simple to manage web-based GUI for daily management and service provisioning
  • Quick Erasure Coding technology, manages both active and cold object archives with speed and high storage efficiency
  • Superior data protection with cluster-wide inline deduplication, compression and unlimited snapshots/clones
  • Scale-out platform for Docker Container-Converged infrastructure with seamless integration with Docker Universal Control Plane for single pane of glass management of containerized applications
  • High performance, all-flash deployment profiles with support for SSD SATA, SAS and NVMe-based storage SSDs
  • Shared namespace between File and Object Storage

What is Quick Erasure Coding (QEC)?

NexentaEdge’s Quick Erasure Coding (Quick EC) technology reduces the storage overhead required to maintain the redundancy of data across servers, without affecting read or write performance. Quick EC eliminates the performance penalty usually associated with accessing objects in traditional erasure coded solutions and is especially beneficial, for large capacity S3 object clusters.

  • Designed for efficient storage of cold data without compromising on performance
  • Encoding is done in the background using post-processing tasks
  • Innovative approach avoids read penalty of traditional erasure coding

 

NexentaEdge in Your Environment

Block Cinder, Swift and S3 APIs for OpenStack

Container-converged infrastructure

Object Based Active Archives

NexentaFusion

NexentaFusion provides simplified scaling and management through a single pane for reporting, monitoring, analytics, and orchestration for your storage assets. From tens of terabytes to petabyte scale enterprise and service provider solutions, NexentaFusion compliments your Nexenta deployments by managing Nexenta Software-Defined Storage solutions.

NexentaFusion simplifies deployment, operation and scaling of Nexenta Software-Defined Storage. From a simple central console, Nexenta customers gain immediate insights into key attributes of their Nexenta infrastructure and benefit from advanced analytics to make informed decisions.

Scalable & Simplified Multi-System Management

The multi-system dashboard provides detailed status on multiple Nexenta arrays and has the ability to drill into your complete Nexenta Software-Defined Storage infrastructure. A single screen to provide quick insights and a starting point to drill down into any system.

Intuitive Workflows for Simple Operations

From pool deployment, to share presentation, and data protection configuration, NexentaFusion can easily configure your storage with the flexibility your business needs. The NexentaFusion UI simplifies such a task as creating a file system and scheduling snapshots or replications to allow you to manage your day-to-day storage tasks in a matter of minutes.

Advanced Analytics & Extensive Historical Trends

NexentaFusion is highly customizable with an interactive analytics dashboard for historical analysis, service monitoring, and event troubleshooting to provide speed and simplification when getting intelligence out of your Nexenta Software-Defined Storage deployment. NexentaFusion allows you to collect extensive long term statistics on your systems.

“With a lightning quick UI, optimized UX, unified NexentaStor systems management and fine-grained analytics, this release brings indispensable refinements and productivity gains.” – Pascal Filion Head of IT Moment Factory

Benefits

  • Single pane of glass management of all storage assets
  • Advanced historical analytics of storage performance
  • Predictive analytics on storage availability, performance and utilization
  • Orchestration and automation of complex provisioning operations

Functionality

  • Modern user interface for management of multi-cluster environments
  • Template services for simplified Software-Defined Storage system provisioning
  • Consistent interface and analytics dashboard for block, file and object services
  • Multi-year historical performance and utilization data trending and analytics
  • Rules based provisioning and end to end service orchestration

NexentaStor™: Enterprise Grade Unified Block & File Storage

Nexenta’s flagship Open Source-driven Software Defined Storage (OpenSDS) solution, NexentaStor, delivers unified file and block storage services, runs on industry standard hardware, scales from tens of terabytes to petabyte configurations, and includes all data management functionality by default. Experience Software-Defined evolution with your new or existing block and file storage infrastructure – increase flexibility and agility, simplify management, and dramatically reduce cost – without compromising reliability or functionality.

NexentaEdge™: High Performance Scale-Out Block & Object Storage

NexentaEdge is designed from the ground-up to deliver high performance block and object storage services and limitless scalability to next generation OpenStack clouds, petabyte-scale active archives and Big Data applications. It runs on shared nothing clusters of low cost industry standard Linux servers, and builds on Nexenta IP and patent pending Cloud Copy On Write (CCOW) technology to break new ground in terms of reliability, functionality and cost efficiencies. NexentaEdge supports market-leading features like cluster wide inline deduplication, compression, real-time self-balancing, and unlimited snapshots and clones.

 NexentaVSA for View: Making VDI Simple and Affordable

NexentaVSA for View introduces a number of new features, which further improve both the economics and performance of your VDI projects and further simplify implementation and management. Along with delivering 45-100+ IOPS to each desktop, NV4V can dramatically reduce overall costs, which historically can run to more than 40% of VDI budget just for storage.

 Cloud Storage with NexentaStor

Amplify cloud benefits with advanced storage and data management technologies. Performance and IT efficiency improve while administrative costs drop dramatically.

Looking to Save Money on Storage?

 Software-defined Storage: Ending the reign of high cost, legacy storage vendors

The increasing sophistication of software-defined storage solutions now delivers enterprise-class storage capabilities at unexpectedly affordable prices. Nexenta is in the vanguard of storage providers, forging new ground in low-cost, high-performance solutions.

 RCO Real Cost of Ownership

Business owners and senior management should be concerned about the Real Cost of Ownership (RCO) of storage when they do financial planning. But what should be included in RCO? This document answers these questions and more to provide an understanding of RCO and how it can affect how you manage your storage.

Big Data Solution

 Making Big Data Work: Storage is the Key to Exponential Data Growth

With big data, companies are generating breakthrough insights and analysis like never before. Yet they are stymied by how to store and extract the maximum value from vast volumes of raw, unstructured data piles. If you’re going to collect terabytes, and even petabytes, of business-impacting information, you need to store it smartly. Traditional storage products and architectures might no longer be technically or financially suitable to provide the scale needed to support this new paradigm.

 University of SussexFeatured

Since receiving its Royal Charter in 1961, the University of Sussex has become a leading teaching and research institution. The IT department provides support for the entire university, its staff and students.

 Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School

The school recently was struck with the common issue of effectively storing increasingly growing amounts of data. The school’s aging Intel SAN storage solution was rapidly reaching capacity and, as a result, was slowing down and not providing the performance required.Under pressure to make the most out of the school’s allocated IT budget, Mr. Munro enlisted the help of high performance computing specialists VA Technologies.The aim was to find a flexible and reliable storage solution at a competitive price—one that would significantly upgrade the storage infrastructure, increase performance, and not overwhelm the IT staff with technical issues.

 North Devon Homes

In its role of providing support and care for residents, North Devon Homes realised that housing data is an integral part of the process. The housing association’s systems were almost completely virtualised but its direct attached storage had no resilience and was affecting uptime. The amount of data North Devon Homes needed to store was growing at a steady pace and there was a requirement to keep it for longer periods for auditing and regulatory purposes.


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