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Leader in OpenStorage Adds Major Fortune 500 Customers, New Round of Funding on Top of Record Year and Bolsters Executive Talent

Mountain View, CA—February 13, 2012—Nexenta® Systems, the world leader in OpenStorage solutions, today announced it finished the 2011 fiscal year with record results. Nexenta announced that sales were up by 400 percent from 2010, it added a slate of seasoned executives to its management ranks and bolstered its more than 4,000-member customer list with some widely known names.

Nexenta more than doubled its staff in 2011 and added brand name customers, including the U.S. Army, Cisco Systems, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, ForEx.com, Splunk, Shenzhen Municipal Public Security Bureau, VESK, VocaLink, Volkswagen, NTT Data, Honda, Nissan, Juniper, Checkpoint, Zend, VMware, Citrix  and Zappos.com.

"We've grown sales by 1,600 percent in the last two years.  There is clearly massive pent up demand for enterprise class storage without the antediluvian business practices and technologies of legacy storage," said Evan Powell, CEO of Nexenta. "My thanks go to our partners and the tens of thousands of users who continue to spread the word that NexentaStor delivers on our mission of Enterprise Class Storage for Everyone."

Nexenta built out its roster of world-class executive talent in the last three months. Bill Fuller, whose experience includes leadership positions at Tandem, Auspex and Quest Software, joined as the vice president of engineering. Bill Roth joined as vice president of marketing and brings experience as a senior marketing and operations leader at firms including BEA, Sun and GSI Commerce.

In addition, Nexenta continued to enhance its partner programs. Active resale partners can enjoy large joint marketing funds, as well as industry leading margins, with NexentaStor.  Nexenta now has more than 250 resale partners, including Dell Computer, and is investing heavily in the success of new and existing partners.

Nexenta recently announced that it received more than $21 million in Series C financing , in a round led by Menlo Ventures that also included Razor’s Edge Ventures and Sierra Ventures.

About Nexenta Systems
Nexenta Systems is the leading supplier of enterprise-class OpenStorage solutions. Its flagship software-only platform, NexentaStor, delivers high-performance, ultra-scalable, cloud- and virtualization-optimized storage solutions. Built upon ZFS technology, and running on any industry-standard hardware, NexentaStor eliminates vendor lock-in and provides open, unified storage management at a fraction of the cost of legacy systems.

More information about Nexenta Systems, and free trials of the ZFS-based NexentaStor, can be found at www.nexenta.com or call +1 (855) NEXENTA. Partners selling NexentaStor-based hardware/software appliances can be found at www.nexenta.com/partners.


Merrill Freund or Lauren Connelly
Schwartz MSL
(415) 512-0770

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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.