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Nexenta and Mirantis Converge OpenStack Cloud with NexentaStor Storage

April 18, 2012

By Anton Renski

NexentaStor Driver for OpenStack Cloud enables feature-rich, open cloud infrastructure.

Santa Clara and Mountain View, CA (PRWEB) April 18, 2012 —

Nexenta Systems, the world leader in OpenStorage solutions and Mirantis, a leader in engineering services for OpenStack™ Cloud, today announced the integration of theNexentaStorNAS/SAN software platform withOpenStack, the community-driven open source software platform for building private and public clouds.

The NexentaStor driver for OpenStack Cloud enables enterprises to build feature-rich clouds, maintain complete control of the software stack, avoid vendor lock-in with proprietary hardware and reduce the cost of storage.

Reliable, scalable storage is a key component of any cloud deployment. Network-attached storage (NAS) is often a choice over local storage because it is easier to implement enterprise-grade features than with local storage.

“One of the biggest benefits of OpenStack is its openness and interoperability with diverse solutions in the application infrastructure space. By bringing Nexenta and OpenStack close together, we marry the best of open source in enterprise storage with the standard in open source cloud infrastructure,” said Boris Renski, co-Founder and EVP at Mirantis.

The integration unlocks unlimited scalability with storage-on-demand efficiency that is instantly available on virtual machine volumes. It also provides flexibility and openness, separating hardware from software components enabling enterprises to remain vendor independent and upgrade backend storage with greatly reduced investments in infrastructure.

Companies using OpenStack Compute with NexentaStor driver can immediately take advantage of the following enterprise-grade storage features:

  • Unlimited volume size

  • Highly scalable capacity and performance

  • Industry leading use of SSDs to scale performance without scaling power consumption and cost

  • Unlimited snapshots and clones with fully integrated search

  • Active/Active HA configuration. No single point of failure

  • NAS and SAN support – VM live migration possible

  • Compression, dedupe, and in-box virus scan

  • End-to-end data integrity – find and fix silent data corruption

  • Non-disruptive volume grow

  • dTrace-based analytics, including per VM load metrics

The NexentaStor volume driver is part of the latest OpenStack release, Essex. Nexenta is committed to contribute additional capabilities to OpenStack for future releases and will be demonstrating object storage capabilities on

California-based Mirantis has been an active member of the OpenStack community since its inception and contributed multiple code commits to the OpenStack Compute and Identity projects. Mirantis is also one of the key organizers of the Bay Area’s OpenStack user group, hosting the quarterly community events in Silicon Valley.

The two companies will be presenting at the upcoming OpenStack Design Summit and Conference on April 16-20 in San Francisco, Calif. Caitlin Bestler, director of architecture at Nexenta and Greg Elkinbard, senior director of product management at Mirantis, will present, “OpenStack and Block Storage … Where to From Here?” on Thursday, April 19, 2012 from 1:00 pm to 1:40 pm PT at Breakout A Bayview Level, Hyatt Regency Hotel, San Francisco, Calif. For more information, visit
About Nexenta Systems
Nexenta Systems is the leading supplier of enterprise-class OpenStorage solutions. Its flagship software-only platform, NexentaStor, delivers high-performance, ultra-scalable, cloud- and virtualization-optimized storage solutions and is one of the most widely deployed systems leveraging flash and SSDs for high performance. Built upon ZFS technology, and 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 athttp://www.nexenta.comor call +1 (855) NEXENTA (639-3682). Partners selling NexentaStor-based hardware/software appliances can be found at

About Mirantis

Mirantis is an engineering services company delivering expertise in open source application infrastructure and OpenStack. Clients include Cisco, GE Money and Agilent. The company is headquartered in Mountain View, CA and currently houses one of the largest groups of experts in OpenStack under a single roof. Mirantis works with middleware vendors, compute infrastructure companies, and Fortune 1000 enterprises, helping them to extract value from OpenStack.

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Mirantis helps organizations ship code faster on public and private clouds, increasing developer productivity by removing the stress of managing infrastructure. The company combines automation and cloud native expertise to provide a ZeroOps approach to managing and operating Kubernetes and cloud environments. Mirantis delivers a public cloud experience on any infrastructure, from the data center to the edge, with one cohesive cloud experience for complete app and DevOps portability, a single pane of glass, and automated full-stack lifecycle management, all based on open source.

Mirantis serves many of the world’s leading enterprises, including Adobe, DocuSign, Inmarsat, PayPal, Reliance Jio, Societe Generale, Splunk, and S&P Global.