Nexenta, Canonical offer software-defined storage offering for enterprise-ready OpenStack ecosystem



Open source-driven software defined storage provider, Nexenta has teamed with Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu and Ubuntu OpenStack, to announce an extension of their partnership, creating a joint solution which pairs Nexenta’s SDS solution with Canonical’s Ubuntu OpenStack platform.

Canonical and Nexenta integrated NexentaEdge, which delivers high performance object and block storage services, with Juju, a high-level service model for automating the deployment and management of applications. The joint solution allows Ubuntu customers to leverage NexentaEdge as their choice in storage solutions and provides seamless integration with Canonical OpenStack clouds.

Canonical users can now purchase NexentaEdge in two unique ways: directly from the Juju Charm Store, a collection of immediately installable workloads which allow customers to deploy whatever services they need with Juju, or from their preferred Canonical sales representative or partner.

The two vendors have previously aligned to support enterprise OpenStack customers and accelerate mainstream adoption of both software-defined storage and OpenStack technologies. Over half of the world’s OpenStack deployments are built on Ubuntu, and the company has selected Nexenta to help expand its enterprise storage portfolio.

NexentaEdge has been designed from the ground-up to deliver high performance block and object storage services and limitless scalability to next generation OpenStack clouds, petabyte scale active archives and big data applications. NexentaEdge runs on shared nothing clusters of industry standard Linux servers, and builds on Nexenta IP and patent pending Cloud Copy On Write (CCOW) technology to break new grounds in terms of reliability, functionality and cost efficiencies.

It also delivers Cinder, Swift and S3 APIs for OpenStack deployments; next generation scale out design optimizing storage and network utilization; fully distributed architecture eliminating single points of failure or hotspots; minimize capiyal expenditure by running on low cost industry standard servers; minimize operating expenses with dynamic self-balancing and self-healing capabilities; and reduce virtual machine image storage footprint with cluster-wide inline deduplication.

NexentaEdge is ideal for OpenStack cloud storage backed, delivering high performance Cinder Block and Swift Object services; object based Active Archives, delivering high performance Swift and S3 Object services, alongside big data infrastructure.

“We’re proud to support Canonical in accelerating mainstream adoption of OpenStack technologies and are excited to provide customers with advanced and enterprise-ready scale-up and scale-out solutions, service and support they need for their OpenStack environments,” said Tarkan Maner, CEO & Chairman at Nexenta. “We joined forces last year and will continue to extend our strategic partnership to meet the needs of an evolving market requiring better scale, service and support via Open Source inspired collaboration and Software-Defined Data Center innovation on certified, tested and packaged reference architectures and beyond.”

“Nexenta is a commercial leader in software-defined storage and we are delighted to offer their comprehensive solutions to our enterprise OpenStack customers, and in addition, to collaborate on optimizing ZFS for Ubuntu,” said Mark Shuttleworth, Founder, Canonical. “Together, we’re combining the benefits of OpenStack and software-defined storage to deliver flexibility unparalleled by anyone else on the market.”

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