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Next week NexentaStor will be making history at VMworld.  Stay tuned or stop by our booth 658 for more information.  Or stop by Intel’s booth, where we will be the only storage solution featured.  Or stop by Aberdeen’s booth 760 to see 1PB on the floor with active / active failover and VAAI.  Or stop by any one of another 3-4 partners and end users at the show to learn more.

What if you could get superior performance (including random IOPS), air tight data integrity, tight VMware integration, the industry’s best asynch replication, in-line deduplication and compression, and have it all running on industry standard hardware at a small fraction of the cost and without the vendor lock-in of legacy storage?  What if you could get enterprise class capabilities without the cost and aging technologies of legacy storage solutions?  Well, you can, which is why Nexenta is achieving record growth in terms of paid deployments.   See a Register article on the data on our growth from this spring.

At VMworld we’ll answer the questions: “what if the system could pull as much as 1 million IOPS?  How about 3gigabytes per second?”  (results can vary)

I think the answer will be that countless stalled virtualization efforts, that froze due to high costs of IOPS, can now move forward.  If you can spend less than 40k to get well over 100,000 IOPS, and save 85% versus alternatives to get as much as 1 million IOPS then $/IOPS are no longer the problem.  The result should be faster adoption.  And more load than you’ve ever seen on your network.

In IT, we always play pass the bottleneck.  Starting next week the bottleneck is firmly off the storage, if you are using a NexentaStor based solution.  VMware will prove that we can saturate multiple 10G links with, again, with what we believe will be industry leading IOPS and as much as 3gigabytes of throughput.

Stay tuned.  The proof will emerge next week that I/O, one of the fundamental bottlenecks of today’s IT infrastructures, has been solved.  Contact marketing at nexenta if you would like to schedule a briefing at the show with one of our experts.

Please note that I/O alone isn’t the solution.  The solution is unlimited I/O *plus* enterprise class capabilities.  Sorry SSD guys - just I/O alone or I/O plus a file system you developed in your garage (or, more typically, you compiled from Linux), does not make your technology a solution to the virtualization bottleneck.  Fast, but unsafe, is just as much a non-starter as slow but unsafe.  In data storage if you cannot store the data you are not really in the market. Any start-up with a home grown file system has got 7+ years of product deployments to go before the file system matures to the point that major users will touch it.  NexentaStor fixes the I/O bottleneck while improving your ability to protect your data.  It is that combination that is needed to move the industry forward.

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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.