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A User Raves, a Partner Commits, We Take a Day Off

A lot going on here.  In this blog rather than taking a perspective on the industry, I’d like to share with you some Nexenta news.

1. First, customers are speaking out more and more about the power of NexentaStor and OpenStorage.

A good example is Jessie Bryan of Impluse Communications, where he used NexentaStor to save funds and improve throughput versus prior EMC and NetApp solutions.  He previously contributed to a two page case study here and today Network World published his perspective as one of their top 22 “raves and faves” in which IT professionals pick their favorite product and explain a little bit about what they like about it.  Thank you Jessie - as  I’ve mentioned in a recent post, we depend almost entirely on word of mouth for sales and marketing.  So every user out there who is taking for granted saving 75% and getting better functionality by going with NexentaStor (and there are thousands of you) - please follow Jessie’s example and share the good news.

2. Illumos continues to gather momentum

Recently a substantial set of commitments was made by the impressive team at Joyent.  These include further bug fixes, a number of zone and I/O related enhancements, and further serviceability improvements as well.  You can read more about these commits help improve analytics in the cloud, which I believe is absolutely critical,here.

3. Today is “Nexenta day”

Today everyone at Nexenta is supposed to take the day off to a) rest and b) get some perspective on the whirlwind which is life as a Nexentian.  Three years ago we took our first commercial order for NexentaStor.  This year we were named perhaps the fastest growing storage start-up ever as a result of the thousands of systems we’ve since sold.  As per the above - we rely on word of mouth.  We give versions of NexentaStor away, for free, in order to gain knowledgeable users.  And we do not lock customers in via proprietary technologies or adversarial relationships.  So how do we do it?  We start with great fundamental technology, including the former Solaris and ZFS - and then we work, really, really hard 24×7, around the world, in many languages, across all sorts of barriers to live up to our pledge.  Every one of us have signed a pledge to be customer focused and to understand that our users are “enterprise operations users” and that if they ever loose their data, they risk loosing their jobs.

As you can see, I’m extremely proud of the now over 100 Nexentians.  While we’ll never completely live up to our pledge - the results suggest we’re getting ever closer.  I hope everyone is taking some time off today, we could all use the rest!

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Bill Roth is a Silicon Valley veteran with over 20 years in the industry. He has played numerous product marketing, product management and engineering roles at companies like BEA, Sun, Morgan Stanley, and EBay Enterprise. He was recently named one of the World's 30 Most Influential Cloud Bloggers.