Supermicro Enhances Their VMware EVO: RAIL and Virtual SAN Offerings with Nexenta

NexentaConnect for VMware Virtual SAN Brings Full Featured File Services to Supermicro Partners and Customers Worldwide

SAN JOSE, CA & SANTA CLARA, CA – October 16, 2014 (12am PT)  – Nexenta (@Nexenta), the global leader of Software-Defined Storage (SDS) (#softwaredefinedstorage) solutions and Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI), a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing, today announced a collaboration to enhance Supermicro’s VMware EVO: RAIL™ and VMware Virtual SAN™ offerings with the NexentaConnect for VMware Virtual SAN™ product, providing full featured file services.

Supermicro, coupled with NexentaConnect, will be able to provide VMware Virtual SAN-based systems including Virtual SAN Ready Nodes™ and an EVO: RAIL™ appliance to deliver robust and complete platform for its worldwide partners to provide a full-featured and complete hyper-converged solutions helping customers transition to a Software-Defined Data Center.

“Supermicro’s VMware certified EVO: RAIL™ and Virtual SAN SuperServer platforms deliver the performance, density, efficiency and reliability required in hyper-scale virtualized environments,” said Wally Liaw, Sr. Vice President of Sales at Supermicro. “Our collaborative efforts with Nexenta and VMware accelerate deployment of complete unified storage infrastructure solutions, maximizing resource utilization and reducing operational expenses across next generation software-defined data centers.”

NexentaConnect for VMware Virtual SAN provides full featured file services designed around VMware EVO: RAIL™ and VMware Virtual SAN. VMware EVO: RAIL™ combines VMware compute, networking, and storage resources into a hyper-converged infrastructure appliance to create a simple, easy to deploy, all-in-one solution offered by our partners. Built directly into the VMware vSphere® kernel, VMware Virtual SAN delivers a new tier of storage built from the ground up specifically for virtual machines. Taking advantage of the VM-level storage policies, VMware Virtual SAN matches business needs with underlying storage resources.  Customers can consume VMware Virtual SAN by selecting components from the hardware compatibility list, relying on pre-configured Ready Node servers or by purchasing the EVO: RAIL appliance.

“Our collaboration with Nexenta and Supermicro builds upon VMware’s ecosystem, helping deliver a full featured, best-in-class hyper-converged Infrastructure solution to our mutual customers,” said Mornay Van Der Walt, vice president of Emerging Solutions at VMware.

NexentaConnect for VMware Virtual SAN augments the software defined storage concept for VMware Virtual SAN users.  NexentaConnect for VMware Virtual SAN adds both NFS and SMB file services, along with data protection and reduction, without additional hardware needs, and is being demonstrated at VMworld® Europe 2014, October 13-16 in Barcelona.

“Working closely with Supermicro and VMware, we have created integrated and hyper-converged offerings that extend the functionality of Supermicro Virtual SAN Ready Nodes and the new EVO: RAIL appliance to a broader range of use cases,” said Phil Underwood, COO at Nexenta. "NexentaConnect for VMware Virtual SAN supports our goal of helping enterprises unlock the potential of their storage and ultimately their data centers.”

These solutions will be generally available in November 2014. 

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About Nexenta

Nexenta is the global leader in Software-Defined Storage, delivering easy-to-use, secure and ultra-low cost storage software solutions. Nexenta solutions are hardware-, protocol-, and app-agnostic, providing innovation freedom and speed for organizations to realize the "true" benefits of Software-Defined Infrastructure-centric Cloud Computing. Nexenta enables workloads 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. Founded around an "open source” platform and industry-disruptive vision, Nexenta delivers its award- and patent-winning software-only unified storage management solutions with a global partner network. For more information, visit,, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube. Also, download the newly published Nexenta Special Edition Software Defined Data Centers (SDDC) for Dummies eBook.

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Allison Darin
Nexenta Systems

David Okada
Super Micro Computer, Inc.