Nexenta Systems

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Nexenta Systems, Inc.
Industry Computer data storage
Computer software
Founded 2005 (2005)[1]
Founder Alex Aizman
Dmitry Yusupov
Headquarters Santa Clara, California, United States
Area served
Key people
Tarkan Maner (CEO)[2]
Alex Aizman (CTO)
Phil Underwood (COO)[3]
Products NexentaStor

Nexenta Systems, Inc. is a multinational producer of software-defined storage solutions for data storage and backup, headquartered in Santa Clara, California. Nexenta develops a portfolio of storage solutions including NexentaStor NexentaConnect, and NexentaEdge.[4] The company has had close relationships with open source projects and former Sun Microsystems technology over its history.[5]


Nexenta Systems provides Software-Defined Storage (SDS) solutions. It provides virtualization and cloud-optimized storage solution software for various hardware platforms. The company offers NexentaStor, a Software-Defined Storage (SDS) platform providing file and block storage services for enterprise applications. It also allows clients to transform their storage infrastructure. Another offering is NexentaConnect, a suite of software solutions that is used to optimize enterprise application deployments based on virtualization, these include virtual desktop deployments and hypervisor based storage as examples. The company also offers NexentaEdge, an object storage platform that allows an end user or a server to retrieve objects without knowing the data of physical location. The company also provides a service called NexentaFusion, which delivers analytics that automates arrangement, coordination, and management of complex computer systems, services and data stores, cloud, data protection, industry, and virtualization solutions. It markets and sells its products through a network of channel partners, hardware vendors, software developers, systems integrators, representatives, and resellers worldwide.



In 2005, Nexenta was founded by Alex Aizman and Dmitry Yusupov, software developers and former executives at network vendor Silverback (later acquired by Brocade).[6] Aizman and Yusupov previously worked together as the authors of the open source iSCSI initiator software in the Linux kernel.[7]

The company was created to support the open source Nexenta OS project after Sun Microsystems released the bulk of its Solaris operating system under free software licenses as OpenSolaris. Nexenta OS was an operating system that integrated Sun's Solaris kernel and core technologies with applications from the popular Debian and Ubuntu operating systems.[8][9]

Data storage[edit]

The company's entry into the data storage market was led by early adoption at Stanford University.[10] The field had traditionally been dominated by companies such as EMC and NetApp, who sold hardware storage appliances. These vertically integrated businesses where hardware and software were controlled by the same entity created significant switching barriers for customers and allowed the vendors to command high prices for their products.[11]

Nexenta intended to compete by creating a storage system that did not require specialized hardware.[12][13] Instead of producing hardware, the company would provide software to run on low-cost commodity computing hardware, a model later marketed as software defined storage.[14]

Nexenta OS was used as the open source foundation for this storage product, and referred to as Nexenta Core Platform. The developers were able to take advantage of ZFS for fast and reliable hybrid storage, integrated with network services including iSCSI, Fibre Channel, NFS, and CIFS. Nexenta developed a proprietary automated management layer and added clustering software, creating a turnkey computer appliance that could be managed without knowledge of the underlying software.

Partnerships and open source[edit]

Much of Nexenta's business comes from partners that provide hardware and services alongside Nexenta software.[1][15] The company's software is preinstalled on storage systems from vendors including Cisco and Dell.

Nexenta has continued to contribute to free and open source software used in its products. When Oracle discontinued OpenSolaris in 2010, the company became a founding member of the illumos open source project that would replace it.[16] Nexenta is one of several companies participating in the illumos and OpenZFS communities, including Delphix, Joyent, OmniTI.


Nexenta's flagship product is NexentaStor, a software-based appliance for network-attached storage (NAS) and storage area network (SAN) services.[1] NexentaStor was derived from the former Nexenta OS and based on the illumos operating system.[5][17] The software runs on commodity hardware and creates resilient storage pools consisting of multiple hard disk drives and solid-state drives. Data can be organized in a flexible number of filesystems and block storage, and files can be accessed over the widely used NFS and CIFS protocols, while block storage uses iSCSI or Fibre Channel.[18] NexentaStor allows online snapshots to be taken of data and replicated to other systems.

  • NexentaStor: This service delivers unified file and block storage services to consumers. It runs on industry standard hardware which scales from tens of terabytes to petabyte configurations. It includes all data management functionality by default.
  • NexentaConnect: A suite of software solutions to combine Software-Defined Storage with cloud, enterprise, and desktop deployments. It provides acceleration, automation and analytics.
  • NexentaEdge: This solution is a scale out object storage system. This service provides Cinder Block and Swift/S3object storage services, for integration with OpenStack through a Horizon management plug-in. Also providing storage for Web 2.0 and other modern application development. It simplifies storage management and capacity planning.
  • NexentaFusion: This service provides Analytics and Orchestration Software that automates arrangement, coordination, and management of complex compute systems, data stores, and services without the need for administrators to pre-define the nature and placement of data.


  • 2014 Cloud Computing Storage Excellence Award.[19]
  • 2014 Business Intelligence Group Award for Business.[20]
  • 2014 Golden Bridge Business Innovation Awards.[21]
  • 2014 Hot Companies and Best Awards[22]
  • Big Data Company of the Year[23]
  • CIO Storage 20[24]
  • 2014 BIG Innovation Awards[25]
  • 2014 Storage Vision Awards
  • Best Open Source Project: Nexenta and North Devon Homes[26]


The Global Headquarters of Nexenta is located at El Camino Real, Santa Clara, California, United States. Its EMEA Headquarters is at Almere of Amsterdam and APAC Headquarters at Chaoyang District, Beijing of China. It has four regional offices at Lodi, Italy, GangNam-Gu of Seoul, Korea, Koujimachi of Tokyo, Japan and Brisbane of Queensland, Australia.[27]

See also[edit]


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