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: email@example.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.
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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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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.
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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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Small to Medium Businesses Receive Enterprise Class Service Offerings
SMALL-TO-MEDIUM BUSINESSES RECEIVE “ENTERPRISE-CLASS” SERVICE OFFERINGS FOR THE NORDISK ZFS UNIFIED STORAGE APPLIANCE THROUGH NEW KODAK AGREEMENT
Kodak has been recently selected as the service provider for Nordisk System, Inc.’s global customer offerings, with a focus on the U.S. and Canada. KODAK Service and Support will now provide call center and onsite support to customers using Nordisk’s enterprise-level storage applications—specifically, the NorStor NS2000 Storage Solution, which runs Nexenta’s industry leading NexentaStor™ Storage Foundation Software. The NorStor NS2000 Solution, powered by NexentaStor™ Software is a ZFS-based unified storage appliance that helps break through the cost barrier and complexity associated with legacy shared storage solutions to support server and desktop virtualization.
“The agreement enables Nordisk customers in mid-sized organizations to supplement their enterprise clustered storage systems with Kodak’s exceptional service and support,” said Terence McClelland, Senior VP, Nordisk Systems. “Small-to-medium-sized businesses continue to evaluate strategic, cost-effective ways to implement long-term storage solutions, which enable the migration from physical servers to virtual servers. Kodak’s professional services team offers an added value to the Nordisk and Nexenta Solution—helping customers implement enterprise-class storage on industry standard hardware that delivers on the promise of ending vendor lock-in associated with legacy storage solutions. This allows Nordisk customers to have greater predictability around long term infrastructure investment needs.”
Nordisk helps customers overcome data center, desktop and network challenges. The NorStor NS2000 Series, includes high performance storage units that provide comprehensive data management—including unlimited snapshots, in-line deduplication, asynchronous and synchronous replication, unlimited file size, and thin provisioning for block and file level protocols to support virtualized environments.
“With the Kodak service offering, Nexenta and Nordisk are bringing true world class enterprise support for the NorStor NS2000 powered by NexentaStor™ Solution,” said Evan Powell, CEO of Nexenta Systems. “Our customers worldwide can rely on trained service professionals ready to address any issues with the total solution and minimize their business risk.”
According to a 2010 study by Forrester Research, improving disaster recovery and business continuity is the top spending priority for small-to-medium sized businesses and the number two priority for enterprises. As businesses consider options for long-term data archival and retrieval, many will use virtualized storage units, for the easy access and monitoring of information. Professional, 24/7 services can help to supplement customers’ use of the products and address their business needs for data management.
“Kodak’s global footprint, service infrastructure and service-parts supply chain competencies leverage robust training and issue escalation to support customers that range from large enterprises to small-business operations,” said Kathy Clas, Director of Multi Vendor Services, KODAK Service and Support. “Data integrity, security and protection are top of mind for all businesses looking for long-term growth opportunities. Storage providers, like Nordisk, receive a range of professional service consultant expertise with KODAK Service and Support and can provide their customers a team that consistently supports their critical business resources.”
KODAK Service and Support is made up of more than 3,000 professionals in 120 countries. It is a leading multi-vendor integrated services provider, delivering consulting, installation, maintenance and support services for commercial printing, graphic communications, document imaging, data storage and retail industries. KODAK Service and Support professionals are uniquely qualified to provide services that control costs, maximize productivity, and minimize business risk.
Nordisk Systems, Inc. was founded in 1983 as a disk drive distributor. We steadily expanded our product offerings to provide solutions that address data center, desktop and network challenges. Today, Nordisk has partnerships with “best of breed” manufacturers such as Nexenta, Supermicro, KODAK, CISCO, IBM, Lenovo, Dell, HP, Microsoft, Qlogic, Quantum, Citrix and VMware. The Nordisk sales and technical staff are highly skilled in systems design, integration, installation and deployment. All staff members are sales and/or technically certified with the vendors we represent.
With offices in Oregon, Washington, California, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico coupled with a current customer base of more than 1,000 organizations in education, research, government, oil and gas, healthcare, financial services, utilities and transportation verticals, Nordisk Systems is uniquely positioned to address the challenges IT organizations face today and into the future.
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Joyent and Nexenta Announce Strategic Cloud Computing Partnership
JOYENT AND NEXENTA ANNOUNCE STRATEGIC CLOUD COMPUTING PARTNERSHIP TO PROVIDE NEXT GENERATION CLOUD SOLUTION TO SERVICE PROVIDERS
Joyent’s cloud software suite and Nexenta’s open storage solution combine to give price/performance ratio, scalability and real-time operational visibility.
Nexenta Customers Leverage OpenStorage for Mission Critical Applications and High Availability
NEXENTA CUSTOMERS LEVERAGE OPENSTORAGE FOR MISSION CRITICAL APPLICATIONS AND HIGH AVAILABILITY
NexentaStor Offers Enterprise-Class HA to Deliver Uninterrupted Storage Service and Reliably Back-up Mission Critical Data
LSI Buy May Disrupt OpenStorage Channel Growth: NetApp may become OEM supplier to rivals Dell and Oracle
LSI buy may disrupt OpenStorage channel growth
By Will Garside
NetApp may become OEM supplier to rivals Dell and Oracle
Published on Mar 11, 2011
NetApp is to buy LSI Corporation’s external storage systems business for $480m in cash as part of LSI’s move to become a “pure-play storage and networking semiconductor company,” according to Abhi Talwalkar, LSI president and CEO.
The LSI external storage systems business which develops and delivers Engenio external storage systems generated revenues of $705m in 2010. However, the LSI RAID adapter business, including its MegaRAID and 3ware storage controllers andsoftware for direct-attached storage environments, will remain with LSI. The company also announced today that its board of directors has authorised a new stock repurchase program of up to $750m.
“NetApp will build upon the success of the Engenio storage platform and OEM business model to expand our total addressable market and extend our market reach,” says Tom Georgens, NetApp president and CEO. “We’re excited about the talented team that will join NetApp and the valuable OEM partner relationships we’re committed to supporting and making successful.”
On the significance of the deal, Simon Robinson, research director, storage at The 451 Group comments, “… though Engenio was profitable for LSI and brought in decent revenues, it was not nearly as profitable as its silicon products.
“For NetApp there are two areas where it should benefit; first, it gets more vertically integrated, allowing it to reduce its own costs going forward. Second, it gets to expand its own addressable market by moving into niche but fast growing areas such as video-driven storage and data warehousing.”
Robinson believes that there is also an impact for the wider OpenStorage market, “Many LSI/Engenio OEM partners such as Dell and Oracle are also NetApp rivals; they may decide to pursue alternative sourcing strategies, though that's not going to happen anytime soon.”
Evan Powell, CEO of Nexenta, a pioneer in OpenStorage software questions whether NetApp will continue to invest in LSI’s growing channel business which has been doubling year on year: “Or will they, as appears more likely, shut down this business in order to attempt to slow the growth of the OpenStorage channel?”
Powell is also surprised by the relatively low sale price, “Is it because of the loss of the IBM OEM, the oncoming end of hardware RAID, the threat from Intel, and the looming competition from much larger JBOD makers? As the market moves towards JBODs connected directly to the Intel CPU, did this threaten the on-going storage business? How else can one explain NetApp being able to pay a reported $480m for a reported $700m in revenues last year?”
Nexenta Powers Asia’s Largest Public Cloud
NEXENTA POWERS ASIA’S LARGEST PUBLIC CLOUD
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.– Nexenta Systems, the leader in OpenStorage solutions, today announced that KT, the largest fixed-line operator and second largest mobile carrier in Korea, is using NexentaStor to power the largest public cloud in Asia. KT officially launched its commercial public cloud service earlier this month. KT’s selection of NexentaStor as the storage standard for its public cloud is a clear signal to the market that OpenStorage solutions provide the price/performance ratio, scalability and interoperability that is impossible to achieve with legacy storage solutions.
The promise of cloud computing is that it can deliver the economies of scale and flexibility required to support a wide range of enterprise applications on demand. To achieve this goal, the building blocks in a cloud – servers, storage, networking gear – must be available in commodity markets in which there is real vendor choice and must be able to be deployed, configured and managed in a fully automated manner. Such open, flexible solutions have not been available for data storage, which has meant that the leading cloud companies have had to write their own software-based OpenStorage solutions since the hardware-based solutions from legacy vendors are too inflexible, expensive and difficult to manage, until now.
Nexenta’s widely available OpenStorage software running on top of commodity hardware drastically reduces storage costs, helping KT to be profitable while beating the market prices set by Amazon and other cloud service providers. In addition, NexentaStor-powered storage provides KT with the ability to provision, on demand, petabytes of high performance enterprise class storage by fitting into the automated provisioning and management systems used by KT and other cloud service providers.
“In a world in which data growth rates are exploding, innovative storage technologies have become the secret ingredient to rolling out public cloud services,” said Jung-sik Suh, senior vice president, Cloud Services Business Unit, KT. “Translink Capital, a venture capital firm in the Bay Area, helped us conduct the due diligence of all existing storage solutions and selected Nexenta as the best partner for KT because NexentaStor was the leader in three crucial categories: scalability, interoperability and cost-effectiveness. With NexentaStor, KT was able to develop a public cloud within six months and at unprecedented low cost. Now, Nexenta is KT’s OpenStorage solution for both our private and public cloud offerings.”
NexentaStor, which leverages the revolutionary open source ZFS file system, is a fully supported commercial software package that runs on industry standard x86 servers and provides NAS and SAN capabilities including support for CIFS, NFS, iSCSI and Fiber Channel storage access. NexentaStor customers typically experience 75 percent or greater cost savings versus proprietary solutions as well as increased efficiency through compression, thin provisioning, deduplication and industry leading usage of hybrid storage pools that leverage SSDs plus disks to provide unmatched price/performance especially of the random work loads of virtualized and cloud environments. NexentaStor also offers a variety of other must-have capabilities for cloud deployments including Rest-APIs, boot from SAN, self-cloning from master configurations, high availability, synchronous and asynchronous replication and, most importantly, airtight end-to-end data integrity with the ability to find and detect silent data corruption.
“KT’s deployment of NexentaStor in their private and public clouds is an enormous validation of our technology and company and of the broader OpenStorage movement,” said Evan Powell, CEO of Nexenta. “It signals that there is now a real alternative to ‘business as usual’ in storage and that breakthrough innovation is still possible despite the recent acquisition frenzy of legacy storage companies. KT’s public cloud performance and economics demonstrate that no other approach to storage can match the scale and flexibility of the commercially supported OpenStorage based NexentaStor. NexentaStor helps make it possible for public clouds to be financially viable for companies like KT that have massive scale and yet do not want to undertake the risk and cost of writing their own storage solution. We look forward to a long strategic relationship with our partners at KT.”
For more information on Nexenta and NexentaStor, please visit http://www.nexenta.com/corp/.
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KT is Korea's largest fixed-line operator, second largest mobile carrier and leading cloud services company. The company is providing individuals, families and companies with advanced IT services, including voice and text data, wired and wireless networks, and broadcasting and telecommunications services and cloud computing services. ucloud is the comprehensive brand under which KT offers a full suite of cloud services. For more information about ucloud CS (KT's on-demand computing service) visit http://cs.ucloud.com/
About Nexenta Systems
Founded in 2005 and privately held, Nexenta Systems, Inc., has developed NexentaStor™, the leading OpenStorage enterprise class hardware independent storage solution and sponsors NexentaCore, an open source operating system that combines the high performance and reliability of OpenSolaris with the ease-of-use and breadth of applications of Linux. Both solutions leverage the revolutionary file system ZFS. Nexenta’s products have achieved VMware Ready status with VMware, CitrixReady status with Citrix Systems, Inc., and other certifications.
More information about Nexenta Systems, Inc. and free trials of the ZFS-based NexentaStor can be found at www.nexenta.com or call (877) 862-7770
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