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23 August 2010, 17:02

NexentaStor certified for SuperMicro hardware

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Nexenta has announced that its NexentaStor software is now pre-certified to work with Supermicros's Super Storage Bridge Bay. The SuperMicro SBB is a 3U rack mount unit with two dual Xeon servers connected by dual 10 gigabit Ethernet and a high speed cache mirroring mid-plane engineered to withstand a server board failure. The pre-certification for the "Cluster-in-a-box" solution, and the inclusion of a number of Supermicro resellers, expands Nexenta's visibility in the storage market. Evan Powell, Nexenta CEO, told The H that the move would lead to reduced costs for systems integrators.

Nexenta is one of the companies at the heart of the Illumos project which is creating an open source OpenSolaris derivative that is independent of Oracle's future plans for Solaris. Nexenta's Core Platform is currently based on OpenSolaris, but the company plans to move to an Illumos based system in the future. "We have the ability, with our kernel team, to fix any bug anywhere in the operating system" said Powell, who was confident in the company's ability to manage it's openSolaris legacy and the Illumos future.

Powell said the company is focussed on being all about storage, expanding the capabilities of their NexentaStor product. For the SuperMicro SSB, Powell says the company had two changes it had to make the product, one to integrate the SSB's monitoring capabilities into the software, and the other to adjust the licensing of NexentaStor, normally done on a physical unit basis, to allow for the fact that the SSB can be viewed as two physical units inside another physical unit.

NexentaStor is available as a no-charge community edition, suitable for up to 12TB of storage, or as a commercial enterprise version. A comparison of the versions is available.


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