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Nexenta Simplifies VMware VDI Deployment: The OpenStorage supplier develops a plug-in to eliminate storage and system management complexity for enterprise VDI environments.
Nexenta Simplifies VMware VDI Deployment
The OpenStorage supplier develops a plug-in to eliminate storage and system management complexity for enterprise VDI environments.
The storage software firm demonstrated its ‘NexentaVDI’ provisioning and rapid deployment solution for VMware View 5 at VMworld Europe 2011 in Copenhagen this week.
The plug-in for VMware’s VDI management system, version 5 of which was launched at the Danish show, enables users to deploy and provision virtual desktop resources built on the virtualisation vendor’s vSphere cloud computing operating system (OS).
Based on the open source Zettabyte File System (ZFS) originally developed by Sun, NexentaVDI automates the deployment and management of the tiered storage features of VMware View 5, and works in tandem with NexentaStor 3.1 OpenStorage virtual storage appliance (VSA) configuration and tuning.
NexentaVDI offers rapid deployment of the VSA across the VMware vSphere cluster based on user inputs such as desktop pool type, number of users and target performance levels.
Jon Ash, Nexenta vice president of sales, told IT Pro the plug-in would change the economics of VDI deployments by simplifying their management and eliminating costly proprietary storage overheads.
“VDI creates a huge number of random rights issues that traditional proprietary storage finds hard to handle,” he said. “Customers tell me that they are paying $120 per desktop for SSDs [solid state drives] that they were supposed to save $100 on by virtualising the desktops in the first place. Our solution’s modern file system enables the use of commodity storage hardware, while the plug-in automates its provisioning to the virtual desktops.”
He said managers simply name a desktop pool, indicating how many desktops to provision. NexentaVDI automatically sets up the underlying storage and VMware View desktop pool, optimising the deployment to provide the best performance for the environment, while also handling the disparate storage requirements of both persistent and non-persistent virtual desktops.
Parag Patel, VMware global strategic alliances vice president, welcomed the Nexenta integration development.
“NexentaVDI takes advantage of the inherent flexibility of VSA storage, offering a purpose-built storage layer for the type of VDI pool being deployed. The NexentaVDI plug-in offers an improved level of simplicity, validated performance, and auto-optimisation," he said.
The storage firm is currently recruiting participants for its VDI beta programme, while NexentaVDI will be generally available in the first quarter of 2012.
Ash claimed the company already has around 7,000 customers worldwide, including a number of cloud service providers and large enterprises, particularly in banking and telecommunications, who were typically saving 70 per cent on storage costs.
Nexenta Works with VMware to Simplify VDI Deployment: New NexentaVDI plug-in eliminates storage and system management complexity for VDI environments
Nexenta Works with VMware to Simplify VDI Deployment
New NexentaVDI plug-in eliminates storage and system management complexity for VDI environments
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Oct 19, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Today at VMworld(R) 2011 Europe, Nexenta Systems, the world's leading provider of OpenStorage solutions, announced it has partnered with VMware to simplify VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) deployments.
At VMworld Europe 2011 (Bella Center in Copenhagen, Oct 18-20), Nexenta is demonstrating its 'NexentaVDI' provisioning and rapid deployment solution for VMware View(TM) 5. Also at the show Nexenta will be recruiting participants for its NexentaVDI beta programme.
The NexentaVDI solution simplifies storage and system management into just three simple steps. The NexentaVDI solution addresses the key challenges of VDI deployment through a single dashboard with real-time analytics. It offers rapid deployment of the NexentaStor OpenStorage VSA across the VMware vSphere(R) cluster based on simple user inputs such as Desktop Pool type, number of users, target performance levels and more. Each VSA is configured and tuned with the best mix of ZFS features and parameters based on key desktop pool attributes.
With NexentaVDI, managers simply name a desktop pool and indicate how many desktops are to be provisioned in that pool. NexentaVDI automatically sets up the underlying storage, VMware View desktop pool, and optimises the deployment to provide superior performance for the environment, transparently handling the disparate storage requirements of both persistent and non-persistent virtual desktops. "A process that used to take days and an army of storage and virtualisation specialists has been almost fully automated and now takes a matter of minutes," claims Jim Fitzgerald, vice president of business development at Nexenta.
"NexentaVDI takes advantage of the inherent flexibility of VSA storage, offering a purpose-built storage layer for the type of VDI pool being deployed," said Parag Patel, vice president, Global Strategic Alliances, VMware. "The NexentaVDI plug-in offers an improved level of simplicity, validated performance, and auto-optimisation. VMware is excited to see such integrated solutions coming to market."
Combining end-to-end automation with the sophisticated features of the ZFS file system, the NexentaVDI solution showcases the tiered storage features of VMware View 5, working in tandem with the VSA (Virtual Storage Appliance) configuration and tuning. Fitzgerald believes that the NexentaVDI solution can assist users looking to adopt the technology but concerned about the complexity and costs.
He said: "VMware View(TM) 5 provides a fantastically simple way to manage desktops and applications while increasing security and control for users. Users now want to see this
simplicity extend across all layers of the VDI stack, especially around the demands on storage. They also want to see the deployment and management costs driven right down. As a VMware partner, our goal for the NexentaVDI solution was to make it easier than ever before to realise the advantages of VDI made possible by VMware View 5 and NexentaStor 3.1."
NexentaStor is already a popular solution for many VMware View-based VDI environments. When coupled with VMware View tiered storage, the joint solution is capable of overcoming the performance and cost challenges associated with the unique I/O patterns generated by VDI workloads. This solution enables customers to easily utilise SSDs to improve the read and write performance, normalize the I/O pattern and cost effectively meet the high-performance requirements of a VDI environment.
NexentaVDI will be generally available in Q1 2012. Free trials of NexentaStor can be downloaded at: www.nexenta.com/freetrial
Nexenta Systems is the leading supplier of OpenStorage solutions for the enterprise.
Nexenta Increases Demand for OpenStorage Solutions
Nexenta Increases Demand for OpenStorage Solutions
Fastest Growing Storage Company the Choice for Enterprises and Service Providers, Particularly Supporting Virtualized and VDI Deployments
LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nexenta Systems, the world leader in OpenStorage solutions, today announced a 486 percent revenue growth in the first three quarters of 2011. This is partly due to NexentaStor emerging as the ideal back-end storage for cloud deployments and for virtualised and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments, as demonstrated by notable customers such as VMware for its Hands-on Labs (HOL) at VMworld and major VDI users such as VESK.
Nexenta 2011 Growth Metrics:
- Revenue Growth: Increased by 486 percent; a further acceleration from 243 percent growth in the same period a year ago.
- Expansion of Partner Programmes: 256 partners overall including a recently launched OEM partner in China.
- Channel Success: Partners have sold $225 million of hardware using NexentaStor as the software component of their storage solutions. This represents a 329 percent increase over the same period in 2010.
- Talent: Expansion of its team by more than 100 people, with offices established in Amsterdam, South Korea, United Kingdom and the United States.
Customers’ Storage Choice for VDI:
Based on ZFS technology, NexentaStor solves storage-related issues for VDI by offering systems that scale performance as needed. By natively supporting hybrid storage pooling, NexentaStor overcomes the IOPS issues associated with VDI and eradicates the difficulties associated with the very high percentage (up to 80 percent) of writes in a VDI environment. By coupling NexentaStor with industry standard hardware, customers reduce VDI costs by 70 percent over a three-year period compared to a proprietary storage solution.
As one of the fastest growing UK VDI providers, VESK required bigger IOPS, higher availability and performance. James Mackie, technical director, VESK, explains: “We immediately saw the benefits of Nexenta as a key infrastructure technology supporting our business. It enabled us to overcome the technology challenges and reduce the costs associated with rolling out VDI to our customers, which will help fuel our rapid growth in this market.”
Throughout VMworld Europe, Nexenta will be running a near-identical VMware Ready-certified configuration to the one it ran with great success at VMworld Las Vegas at the end of August.
The HOL, classified as a true public cloud, is considered one of the most popular aspects of the conference. Running the VMworld Europe HOL is about delivering high availability and sheer performance. During the Las Vegas event, 7.9 billion storage operations were performed by four NexentaStor™ systems.
“Our growth continues to accelerate because we’re at the forefront of a fundamental change in the storage industry. While legacy vendors constrain choice, drive up costs, and fail to perform, we are thriving because we have solutions designed especially for cloud, virtualisation and VDI environments,” said Evan Powell, CEO, Nexenta Systems.
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Nexenta Systems is the world’s leading provider of enterprise-class OpenStorage solutions. www.nexenta.com
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Nexenta Creates Unprecedented Demand for OpenStorage Solutions
Nexenta Creates Unprecedented Demand for OpenStorage Solutions
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - --(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 11, 2011-- Nexenta Systems, the world leader in OpenStorage solutions, today announced continued momentum, with 486 percent revenue growth in the first three quarters of 2011--highlighted by 100 percent quarter on quarter growth between the second and third quarters. In 2011, with the release of Namespace Cluster, NexentaStor emerged as the ideal back-end storage for cloud deployments and for virtualized and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments, as demonstrated by notable customers such as VMware for their Hands-on Labs at VMworld Las Vegas and its upcoming Copenhagen show and major VDI users such as VESK and Delano Regional Medical Center.
Nexenta’s growth is fueled by the enormous demand for cost-effective, enterprise-class storage that meets the exploding growth of data. Other factors include wide ranging dissatisfaction with the lock-in-based business models of monolithic storage providers, the unique capabilities of NexentaStor in cloud deployments and virtualized environments, and the growth in the Nexenta partner network which now includes 256 resellers selling NexentaStor-powered storage appliances.
Nexenta Announces the Following 2011 Growth Metrics:
Nexenta: Customers' Storage Choice for VDI:
Based on revolutionary ZFS technology, NexentaStor solves storage-related issues for VDI by offering systems that scale performance as needed to industry-leading levels and that include deduplication, compression, replication, unlimited snapshots, the use of linked clones and thin provisioning. By natively supporting hybrid storage pooling, NexentaStor overcomes the random IOPS issues associated with VDI and eradicates the difficulties associated with the very high percentage (as much as 80 percent) of writes in a VDI environment. By coupling NexentaStor with industry standard hardware, customers reduce VDI costs by 70 percent over a three year period compared to using a proprietary storage solution. Additionally, the NexentaStor Virtual Machine DataCenter (VMDC) plug-in is the only solution that supports storage for Citrix Xen, VMware, and Microsoft Hyper-V from one management console.
Delano Regional Medical Center: Delano Regional Medical Center (DRMC) is a full-service community and regional teaching hospital located outside of Bakersfield, California. DRMC faced increasing volumes of medical data and needed to update its data storage and recovery environment without exceeding its IT budget. The company was happy with VMware View, however as the deployment continued, end user productivity suffered thanks to storage that could not keep up with performance demands.
After deploying solutions from EMC and Netapp, DRMC chose NexentaStor to minimize storage costs and to better manage the technical hurdles. By switching to NexentaStor, DRMC served the random IOPS required, improved end user productivity, and accelerated VDI adoption and satisfaction--all while achieving greater flexibility and dramatically reducing current and future capital costs.
VESK: Founded in 2009,VESK is the fastest growing supplier of virtual desktops to companies ranging from small three-person operations to organizations with 500 users.For its back-end storage, VESK faced a challenge: in order to get its Citrix XenDesktop to work as efficiently as possible, it required bigger IOPS and higher availability and performance.
After weighing solutions from Dell and EqualLogic, VESK turned to NexentaStor to deliver the IOPS needed to support its VDI environment while delivering a meaningful ROI to justify it.
“We immediately saw the benefits of Nexenta as a key infrastructure technology supporting our business,” said James Mackie, technical director, VESK. “It enabled us to overcome the technology challenges and reduce the costs associated with rolling out VDI to our customers, which will help fuel our rapid growth in this market.”
VMworld Las Vegas: NexentaStor’s superior performance in virtualized and cloud environments recently was demonstrated as it played a critical role in supporting the Hands-on Labs at the VMworld conference in Las Vegas in August. Nexenta was chosen, along with NetApp and EMC, to power this important and unique element of the conference, which further solidified NexentaStor as the ideal OpenStorage solution for virtualized environments. Key accomplishments at the Hands-on Labs included:
“Our growth continues to accelerate because we’re at the forefront of a fundamental change in the storage industry. The lock-in based business models and legacy technologies of most storage vendors are in the way of progress in IT,” said Evan Powell, CEO, Nexenta Systems. “Whereas legacy vendors constrain choice, drive up costs, and fail to perform, we are thriving because we have better solutions especially for cloud and VDI environments and because we do not take advantage of our customers.”
Later this month, Nexenta Systems will host the second-annual OpenStorage Summit at the Wyndham Hotel in San Jose, Calif. October 26-27, 2011. The event is a must-attend for IT systems administrators, architects, CIOs and CTOs who are looking for low-cost, high-performance solutions to solve the most complex storage issues. The full agenda is available at: http://www.openstoragesummit.org/
About Nexenta Systems
Nexenta Systems is the world’s leading provider of enterprise-class OpenStorage solutions. The company’s flagship software-only platform, NexentaStor, delivers high-performance, ultra-scalable, cloud- and virtualization-optimized storage management. NexentaStor is a storage software solution built upon ZFS technology. It operates on industry standard x86 servers and
provides NAS and SAN capabilities, including support for CIFS, NFS, iSCSI, and Fibre Channel storage access.
Running on any industry-standard hardware, NexentaStor eliminates vendor lock-in and provides open, unified storage management at a fraction of the cost of legacy systems.
More information about Nexenta Systems, and free trials of the ZFS-based NexentaStor, can be found at www.nexenta.com or call (877) 862-7770.
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Nexenta to Help Run VMworld Europe Hands-on Lab Using Industry-Standard Hardware
Nexenta to Help Run VMworld Europe ‘Hands on Lab’ Using Industry-Standard Hardware
Leveraging off-the shelf components, OpenStorage delivers enterprise performance for a fraction of the cost of legacy solutions
VMworld Europe 2011
COPENHAGEN, Denmark--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nexenta Systems, the world’s leading provider of OpenStorage solutions, will help run the VMworld Europe (Oct 18-19, 2011) Hands on Lab (HOL) using industry-standard hardware that delivers enterprise performance for a fraction of the cost of traditional, legacy storage solutions. Nexenta is a VMware select level Technology Alliance Partner.
Throughout VMworld Europe, Nexenta will be running a near-identical VMware Ready-certified configuration to what it ran with great success at VMworld US in September where 7.9 billion storage operations were performed by four NexentaStor™ systems.
The HOL, classified as a true public cloud, is considered one of the most popular aspects of the conference and demand for seats is high. More than more than 18,000 lab seats of HOLs are expected to be live at any one time during the Copenhagen event.
Jim Fitzgerald, vice president of business development at Nexenta, said: “Running the VMworld Europe HOL is about delivering high availability (HA) and sheer performance. We’re looking to emulate what was achieved at VMworld US where we ran four out of eight HOL vertical application areas for the duration of the show. To give an idea of the scale of the challenge, we had a peak load of 154,000 4KB NFS operations at sub-1ms latency and peak bandwidth on a single Nexenta controller of 1,300MB/sec.”
To help meet user demand, Nexenta is providing four ZFS-based ‘SuperRack’ NexentaStor storage appliances leveraging standard SuperMicro off-the-shelf X86 machines; a pair of HA servers were used in each instance. Data resides on 2TB Seagate SAS drives while STEC 8GB Zeus RAM and Zeus IOPS (200GB) SSDs are used for read and write caching. The 720 TB raw capacity solution has a list price of USD$325,000.
To get a closer look at both the back- and front-end hardware that was used to create the HOL, users should attend session “LAS 4000: Cloud Infrastructure: Management and operations.” To pre-book a NexentaStor demonstration during VMworld Europe please contact: email@example.com
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Virtualizing the Desktop with Open Source: Evan Powell asks how VARs can ensure VDI lives up to its promise.
Virtualising the Desktop with Open Source
Evan Powell asks how VARs can ensure VDI lives up to its promise
Enterprises turning to Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) to centralise the desktop environment at the datacentre level have a nasty surprise in store: instead of decreasing IT and management costs, VDI can cost up to 20 per cent more to administer than traditional desktop architectures.
Consider this simple metaphor. In a VDI infrastructure the host server is your primary CPU/memory and your storage is your hard disk. In this context, it is easy to see how centralised storage becomes a critical (and with traditional enterprise storage, expensive) component in getting VDI to work properly.
The storage or hard disk on a PC has traditionally been treated as a commodity component, with the price per terabyte (TB) on a PC falling rapidly over the years. This is not true for centralised storage, however, where the price per TB on a SAN or a NAS is still very high.
The second difference is functionality. Centralised storage has different use and load patterns from a standalone PC. Disk I/O is not an issue for the PC because it is optimised for a single-user environment.
In a VDI environment, the increased volume of users results in a huge amount of random read-and-write access. This puts strain on the system and most of the storage design requirements will break if the peak and median I/O throughputs are not given due consideration.
The final difference is reliability – a key requirement when designing central storage for VDI. Ultimately, storage systems need to interface with hardware with physical moving parts that tend to break down over time. Any storage system assembled to support VDI should have an architecture that takes into account the fact that hardware will fail.
Enterprises are also finding VDI environments do not live up to their cost-saving promise. This is because leading storage vendors are still selling costly proprietary systems that lock customers into closed architectures. Vendors charge premium prices for the industry standard hardware they supply by locking in customers with their proprietary on-disk formats and file systems. But change is on the way, in my opinion.
Open storage promises to end vendor lock-in, return control to the channel and end users, while reduce the incredibly high cost of enterprise-class storage. And you can still earn good margins.
In much the same way that Linux and Intel commoditised the server market, open source-based storage software that runs on industry-standard hardware can slash IT spend without any compromise in performance. Such storage software can be based on the ZFS file system, meaning no special hardware is required.
ZFS uses its end-to-end check-sums to detect and correct silent data corruption. If a disk returns bad data transiently, ZFS will detect it and retry the read.
If the disk is part of a mirror or RAID-Z group, ZFS will detect and correct the error: it will use the check-sum to determine which copy is correct, provide good data to the application, and repair the damaged copy. There is no need to modify applications. The process is automatic and works with cheaper disks.
Hybrid storage infrastructure can manage data placement transparently, holding copies of frequently-used data in fast SSDs while storing less frequently accessed data in slower, cheaper mechanical disks. The application data set can be completely isolated from slower mechanical disk drives, promising improved performance and RoI. This helps address the I/O issues of VDI.
A VDI environment is often required to provide groups of users with the same type of profiled desktops. But open source-based storage software exists that can replicate virtual disks quickly without consuming disk space. Deploying hundreds of desktops can be achieved in minutes or a few hours rather than a couple of days or weeks. In my view, this is an opportunity for the channel – particularly because this feature cannot be matched by traditional storage vendors.
This can help VDI environments live up to the promise of lower costs and fewer headaches, in my opinion.
OpenStorage Adoption Set to Outpace Legacy Storage Solutions: Cost-cutting and solution customization are key drivers
Adoption of OpenStorage Set to Outpace Legacy Storage Solutions Asserts Nexenta Survey
Cutting traditional enterprise storage costs and having a customized storage solution are key drivers in the industry transition to OpenStorage
Amsterdam, the Netherlands — 14 June 2011 — A survey into attitudes of attendees at Europe’s first OpenStorage user conference, hosted by Nexenta Systems in Amsterdam on May 20, found that the widespread use of legacy storage solutions is likely to be replaced or surpassed by the deployment of OpenStorage.
Key survey findings:
- Over 85% of the 56 medium and large enterprise users and storage integrators who responded to the survey expect to use or deploy OpenStorage in their IT environments within the next 18 months.
- The respondents spanned a wide range of storage users, averaging between 20-200TB of storage. Over 11% of the respondents claimed to be responsible for managing half a petabyte or more of data.
- Over two thirds (70%) of respondents believe OpenStorage usage will eventually replace or overtake the proprietary storage solutions they use today.
According to Evan Powell, CEO of Nexenta Systems, the world’s leading provider of OpenStorage solutions, senior IT decision-makers are rapidly waking up to the fact that OpenStorage solutions can offer the same feature-set as legacy storage systems, but at a fraction of the cost.
Powell said: “We’re seeing our channel partners win big deals against the established storage brands by offering comparable solutions with identical technical features that cost 75 percent less than the price of the legacy option. Users have become fed up of being locked-in to a restricted technology roadmap that demands expensive, forklift upgrades every time they wish to take advantage of a new technology innovation.”
Key drivers for OpenStorage
The survey confirmed that the main driver (63%) for switching to OpenStorage was cutting enterprise storage costs. The second biggest benefit (30%) of OpenStorage was seen as having a more customized storage solution, followed (18%) by the desire not to be locked-in to a single vendor.
Powell concluded: “Storage has traditionally been about fitting your business needs around whatever legacy platform is available at any given time, at a cost that the user has little control over. OpenStorage changes this paradigm, driving hugely improved value throughout an enterprise’s storage infrastructure. This survey reinforces the trends we’re seeing in the storage industry at-large. It validates the need for a more flexible environment where companies can have access to an enterprise storage solution that supports cloud and VDI environments and cuts out vendor lock-in while providing a genuine and easily measurable return on investment.”
The Nexenta user conference took place on May 20, 2011 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The survey was completed onsite during the event and also online by 56 medium and large enterprise users and storage integrators provides a current snapshot of attitudes towards OpenStorage. A copy of the raw data is available from: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Founded in 2005 and privately held, Nexenta Systems, is the world’s leading provider of OpenStorage solutions for the enterprise. http://www.nexenta.com
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Pogo Linux Launches New Storage Division, Pogo Storage
POGO LINUX LAUNCHES NEW STORAGE DIVISION, POGO STORAGE
Storage division dedicated to helping small and mid-sized companies implement cost-efficient emerging technologies
Redmond, WA (PRWEB) June 02, 2011 - Pogo Linux today announced that it has launched a separate storage division, Pogo Storage. Pogo Storage expands the company's storage offerings with cost-efficient, entry-level to mid-range enterprise solutions. The new division is dedicated to helping small- & mid-sized organizations implement emerging storage technologies and get the most from their storage budget.
Since launching as a open-source system integrator of pre-installed Linux servers and workstations in 1999, Pogo Linux has experienced exponential storage business growth. The new storage division will allow Pogo to develop sales and support resources for its storage customers, which include government, universities, media, and entertainment.
The move also allows Pogo Linux to better-position its managed solutions and appliances, including the StorageDirector Z Series line of entry-level enterprise SAN products based on the NexentaStor™ open storage platform with ZFS.
"Pogo Storage was created in response to the growing demand from our customers for specific storage solutions," said Erik Logan, President of Pogo Linux. "To best meet the needs of our end users, we developed Pogo Storage to focus specifically on our storage product and support offerings. We are very excited about what this new division means for our customers."
"The LSI channel portfolio provides compatibility with an extensive ecosystem of system and storage products, allowing system integrators like Pogo Linux to deliver integrated solutions that meet the needs of end users across a broad spectrum of market segments," said Brent Blanchard, director of worldwide channel sales and marketing, LSI Corporation. “We are excited about the launch of Pogo's new storage division and the prospects of an expanded focus on LSI® storage technologies, including LSI MegaRAID® CacheCade™ SSD caching software and the LSI WarpDrive™ solid state storage card, both built for database application acceleration."
"We are pleased to support Pogo's decision to focus a core of its business strategy on network storage to the enterprise market," said Evan Powell, CEO of Nexenta. "As a valued technology partner, we will continue to work closely with Pogo to deliver integrated NexentaStor™ certified solutions which are superior open storage alternatives to proprietary and legacy technologies."
Pogo Storage offers network-attached storage (NAS), direct-attached storage (DAS), and expansion subsystems products, in addition to managed solutions and appliances (SAN/NAS). For learn more about Pogo Storage, please visit http://www.pogostorage.com.
About Pogo Storage
Pogo Storage is a division of Pogo Linux which focuses on open source network storage system integration. From digital archive for a large video collection to a highly-available SAN, Pogo Storage helps IT departments at small- & midsized organizations dramatically reduce storage costs with a hybrid storage approach and breakout technologies, like NexentaStor™ open storage platform with ZFS, and LSI WarpDrive SLP-300 PCIe solid-state storage card. For more information, please visit us online at http://www.pogostorage.com or call (888) 828-7646 (POGO) to speak with a trusted storage advisor.
LSI, the LSI & Design logo, CacheCade, MegaRAID and WarpDrive are trademarks or registered trademarks of LSI Corporation.
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Aberdeen LLC Proudly Unveils The Petarack at VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas
Aberdeen LLC Proudly Unveils The Petarack at VMworld
A Full Petabyte of Managed SAN Storage in a Single Rack
Santa Fe Springs, California — August 29, 2011 — Aberdeen LLC, a leading manufacturer of servers and storage, today unveils the Petarack, over a full petabyte of managed SAN storage in a single 42U rack. Ready for immediate delivery, the self-contained Petarack’s dual head units deliver high availability with no single point of failure.
Powered by Nexenta’s incredible Nexentastor ZFS file system implementation, the Petarack can be configured under a single Namespace/Volume that doesn’t have to stop at its own petabyte of included storage. The Petarack’s host capacity can be scaled to over 5 petabytes of continuous, uninterrupted storage in a single Namespace/Volume.
The included LCD-KVM is employed to navigate the Petarack’s intuitive web based GUI management for both configuring the array(s), and for the control of a wealth of enterprise level software features. These features include, but are not limited to, unlimited snapshots and clones, block level replication, file level replication and management of virtualized storage.
The Petarack is Cloud ready and Virtualization ready with features such as 128 bit addressing, huge storage file sizes, nearly unlimited clones and support for multiple, concurrent server virtualization vendors. Virtualization enables thin provisioning, while improving performance via I/O pooling, which actually improves performance as more storage is added. I/O performance can be further enhanced through the strategic deployment of optional, fast SSD drives in hybrid storage pools.
“Make no mistake about it, our Petarack is a revolutionary, innovate design delivering massive amounts of self-contained SAN storage at a price point that quite frankly, we strongly believe will make the entire community sit up and take notice,” said Aberdeen president and CEO, Moshe Ovadya, who went on to say, “The Petarack takes the petabyte plus level of storage, and instantly makes it available to, and affordable by, small and medium size organizations that never believed it would be within their reach.”
Petarack’s features include:
- Over a Full Petabyte of Storage in a Single Rack, Under a Single Namespace or Volume.
- Enterprise Level 10GbE iSCSI Target Built-in; Fibre Channel Target Ready
- High Availability with No Single Point of Failure
- Cloud and Virtualization Ready
- ZFS File System Based, Delivering Fast, Secure Storage with Unlimited Scalability
- Unlimited Snapshots and Clones
- Both Block Based and File Based Replication
- Intuitive Web Based GUI Management with Included LCD-KVM
- Powerful, Redundant Head Units, Each with 4 Open Expansion Slots
- All Hard Drives are in Individual Hot Swap Bays with In-Rack Access
- 5U of Rack Space Available for Optional Switches, a UPS, or an Additional 135TB of Storage
- Nexenta Certified. VMware Certification Pending
Pricing and Availability:
The Petarack is priced at $495,000, and is available for worldwide shipment based upon Aberdeen’s regular production schedule of approximately 10 days ARO. Like all Aberdeen servers and storage, the Petarack is delivered with Aberdeen’s industry leading 5-year limited warranty.
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Aberdeen LLC is a leading manufacturer of servers and storage. Delivering exceptional performance, unparalleled reliability and outstanding value, Aberdeen’s award winning products are deployed every day by IT departments in many of the world’s largest organizations. More information about Aberdeen is available at www.aberdeeninc.com. Day to day announcements from Aberdeen can be found on Twitter: @aberdeenllc.
New Partnership and Platinum Support Service
NEXENTA ANNOUNCES NEW HARDWARE PARTNERSHIP AND PLATINUM SUPPORT SERVICE TO STREAMLINE CHANNEL ADOPTION
Supermicro® and Nexenta Combine Premium Hardware with OpenStorage Software, Delivering a Cost-Effective and Reliable Storage Alternative to Legacy Solutions
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—April 13, 2011—Nexenta Systems, the world’s leading provider of OpenStorage solutions, today announced a closer partnership with Supermicro (NASDAQ: SMCI), to offer value-added resellers worldwide an improved process to bring NexentaStor-powered devices to their customers. Additionally, the company launched Platinum Support which includes several levels of direct support required by the world’s most demanding storage users. With these strategic developments, value-added resellers will benefit from improved hardware that is more closely integrated with NexentaStor, as well as an additional tier of end user support services. With these improvements and existing channel momentum, Nexenta projects that NexentaStor-based sales by value-added resellers will increase from $70-$100 million in 2010, to approximately $350-$400 million in 2011.
Hardware Partnership with Top Tier Provider Supermicro
As a continuation of the companies’ growing partnership, Supermicro, the industry leader in server technology innovation and green computing, will carry the combination of Supermicro’s 3U Super Storage Bridge Bay (SBB) solution and NexentaStor as a SKU in their price list – streamlining the sales process for Nexenta Certified Resellers. Supermicro became a premier-level partner in Nexenta’s Technology Partner Program in August 2010.
“By adding the combination of Supermicro’s Super SBB and NexentaStor software into our catalog, we’re essentially removing any technical limitations for our resellers, so they can provide what their customers are demanding – performance and reliability at a reasonable price,” said Wally Liaw, Supermicro’s vice president of international sales.
On April 4, Nexenta launched Platinum Support, a high-end support service targeted at enterprise customers who are using NexentaStor for mission critical use cases, and require Nexenta certified support staff to assist them in managing complex environments. Platinum users benefit from an assigned technical account manager, frequent operational reviews and Nexenta reviews of important configuration changes. NexentaStor partners requested the Platinum Support service because it increases the market for OpenStorage-based solutions in enterprise and tier-one cloud and carrier environments.
Based on NexentaStor’s OpenStorage platform, a number of certified resellers are responding to the strong customer demand for a better-priced alternative to NetApp, EMC and Hitachi. For example, in the United States, reseller Aberdeen’s AberSAN Z-Series scalable storage platform is powered by NexentaStor, and achieved the #1 overall ranking in the DCIG 2011 Small Enterprise Storage Array Buyer’s Guide. Additionally, Boston Technologies, in the United Kingdom, sells NexentaStor as a part of the Igloo NXStor SBB product, which recently received the "Stamp of Approval" from Storage Magazine in the UK.
“Nexenta’s unique software-only storage approach drives higher margins for our resellers by allowing them to add NexentaStor and its implementation, integration, configuration and other value-added services to industry standard storage hardware,” said Jason Yoho, vice president, business development, Nexenta. “By adding the Platinum Support service, and working closely with Supermicro upstream to pre-certify, integrate and even install NexentaStor, we are confident we will further increase the profitability of our resellers by allowing them to focus on their real value add.”
About Nexenta Systems
Founded in 2005 and privately held, Nexenta Systems, Inc., (Mountain View, Calif.) is the world’s leading provider of OpenStorage solutions for the enterprise. The company’s flagship software-only platform, NexentaStor™, delivers high-performance, ultra-scalable, cloud- and virtualization-optimized storage management. Because it runs on industry-standard hardware, NexentaStor provides open, unified storage management at a fraction of the cost of legacy systems, eliminating the frustrations of traditional vendor lock-in. Customers include some of the world’s largest virtualization and cloud deployments, such as KT, as well as thousands of users that benefit from 75 percent or greater savings and superior performance versus legacy storage alternatives.
More information about Nexenta Systems, Inc. and free trials of the ZFS-based NexentaStor can be found at http://www.nexenta.com or call (877) 862-7770.
About Super Micro Computer, Inc.
Supermicro® (NASDAQ: SMCI), the leading innovator in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology is a premier provider of end-to-end server solutions for Enterprise IT, HPC and Cloud Computing worldwide. Supermicro’s advanced Server Building Block Solutions®, offer the most comprehensive array of application-optimized servers, workstations, blades, storage, GPU systems, network switches and rack cabinets/accessories for IT and datacenter deployments. The company's system architecture innovations include Twin Architecture, SuperBlade® and Double-Sided Storage™ which deliver unrivaled performance and value. Supermicro is committed to protecting the environment through its “We Keep IT Green®” initiative by providing customers with the most energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly solutions available on the market. Founded in 1993 and headquartered in San Jose, California, Supermicro has operations centers in Silicon Valley, Taiwan and the Netherlands and partners with major Distributors, VARs and SIs worldwide. For more information please visit www.supermicro.com.
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