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Nexenta, Micron and Supermicro Join Forces to Deliver Next-Generation All-Flash-based Software-Defined Storage Solutions

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Nexenta, the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS), today announced it has entered into a strategic relationship with Micron Technology, Inc. and Supermicro to engineer and deliver innovative solutions for next-generation all-flash data centers.

Data centers traditionally based on proprietary frame-based array hardware are transitioning to digital and cloud infrastructures offering high levels of agility and performance. All-flash array (AFA) storage solutions, considered integral to digital and cloud infrastructures, are rapidly gaining ground. According to IDC, worldwide sales of AFAs were $2.58B in 2015, and the market is expected to grow at a 21.6 percent CAGR through 2019 to reach $5.65B in revenue.

“For customers running mixed virtual workloads, the use of all flash configurations is becoming increasingly popular,” said Eric Burgener, research director, Storage, at IDC. “As flash $/GB costs continue to rapidly decrease, we will see more and more customers accelerate their use of it.”

To accelerate enterprises’ continued adoption of all-flash in the data center, Nexenta, Micron and Supermicro are jointly engineering the Micron-Accelerated NexentaEdge for block and object storage, and will demonstrate the solution at today’s opening of the Micron Storage Solutions Center in Austin, Texas.

Micron-Accelerated NexentaEdge Solution

The Micron Accelerated NexentaEdge Solution will be optimized to cost-effectively provide high performance native block, iSCSI block, Swift and S3 object services to OpenStack, VMware and Container-based infrastructures.

NexentaEdge provides unlimited instant snapshots and clones, as well as patented cluster-wide inline deduplication and compression that can lower the effective cost of storage for virtual machines (VMs) by a factor of 5:1 or more. The all-flash scale-out solution delivers up to 100,000 random 8KB IOPS per node, with a typical five node cluster easily capable of half a million IOPS. The solution also implements real-time self-balancing, continuously distributing loads across all devices in the cluster to maximize flash endurance, and simple management through CLI, REST API and an intuitive graphical user-interface. This collaboration is expected to result in a joint reference architecture and purchasable solution from Supermicro in the summer of 2016. For more information on the Micron Accelerated NexentaEdge Solution, read the Solution Preview brief. For more information, please visit:

Use cases include:

  • OpenStack Clouds
  • VMware Clouds
  • Object based Active Archives
  • Container infrastructure
  • Big Data infrastructure

“The market is demanding new solutions designed from the ground up, so we’re collaborating with an industry leading peer to create next generation software-defined storage that will help future proof today’s data centers,” said Eric Endebrock, vice president Solutions Marketing, Micron Technology.

“We are excited about our strategic relationship with Micron, one of the leading flash memory manufacturers in the business,” said Tarkan Maner, CEO and Chairman at Nexenta. “We believe the combination of open source collaboration, software-defined engineering innovation at Micron, Supermicro and Nexenta, coupled with business solution-oriented go-to-market execution, will take the enterprise storage market by storm due to fast growth in Big Data and Software-Defined Cloud Deployments for any app, via any stack, and on any infrastructure.”

“As the leader in server and storage innovation, Supermicro drives advanced technologies such as high-performance NVMe in our Simply Double architecture first to market, delivering solutions with maximum performance, density and efficiency,” said Eric Sindelar, Senior Director of Operations, Supermicro. “Our close collaboration on the Micron-Accelerated NexentaEdge Solution ensures today's open standards based, scale-out storage solutions benefit from Supermicro innovation, accelerating and simplifying deployment and scalability in next generation software-defined data center environments.”

Published Tuesday, April 12, 2016 4:47 PM by David Marshall
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