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Nexenta Releases Hyperscale Scale-Out Object Storage Management Software

By - Source: Nexenta

Nexenta announced general availability of its NexentaEdge Open Source-Driven Software Defined Storage (SDS) Platform at the OpenStack Summit 2015 in Vancouver. NexentaEdge is designed to provide block and object storage services to next-generation OpenStack clouds, petabyte scale active archives and big data applications. The company also enjoys the distinction of being the only one to offer cluster-wide inline deduplication and compression for hyperscale applications. 

The software-defined system runs on commodity Linux servers to help defray cost. The platform leverages a distributed shared-nothing architecture with independent nodes that do not share memory or disk storage. Shared-nothing designs eliminate single points of failures and enables self-recovery features and almost infinite scalability.  

NexentaEdge provides iSCSI block, Swift and S3 Object Services for clusters of Intel Xeon servers with Ubuntu, CentOS or RHEL operating systems. The clusters leverage 10 Gbe connections and utilize Nexenta's Cloud Copy on Write (CCOW) technology. CCOW enables real-time self-balancing and unlimited snapshots and clones.

"Big Data applications, object based active archives and OpenStack cloud environments are driving the need for disruptive new storage solutions, built on scale out clusters of industry standard servers," said Thomas Cornely, Chief Product Officer at Nexenta. "OpenStack clouds in particular require both high performance block services and extremely scalable object repositories. NexentaEdge is unique in its ability to concurrently meet these requirements and further drive down storage costs with inline deduplication and compression of all data at any scale."

The system supports HDD, hybrid and SSD storage configurations, which likely contributes to Nexenta's claims of best-in-class performance for small random I/O generated by virtual machine boot images. Nexenta also touted the simple scaling attributes that allow scaling from hundreds of terabytes to hundreds of petabytes with dynamic self-balancing and self-healing capabilities.  

Nexenta also recently released its NexentaStor 5 Community Preview and announced its entire portfolio has been certified as Citrix Ready. NexentaEdge's perpetual license lists from $0.15/GB to less than $0.10/GB at capacity plus maintenance and support.