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Nexenta s Jon Ash Named a 2012 Channel Chief by Everything Channel s CRN

Mountain View, CA, -- February 20, 2012 – Nexenta Systems, the world leader in OpenStorage solutions today announced that its Vice President of Sales Jon Ash has been named one of Everything Channel’s CRN Channel Chiefs.  This prestigious list of the most influential and powerful leaders in the IT channel recognizes those executives directly responsible for promoting and executing effective channel partner programs and strategies, while consistently evangelizing and defending the importance of the channel throughout the entire IT Industry.

Since Jon Ash joined Nexenta in 2009, the OpenStorage leader has seen a tremendous growth in its sales, partner and customer programs – becoming the fastest growing company in enterprise storage with more than 4,000 active customers. 2011 particularly was a banner year for Nexenta, as the company celebrated a 400 percent growth in year-over-year sales, a tripling of its workforce and a $21 million Series C investment led by Menlo Ventures in which Sierra Ventures and Razor’s Edge Ventures also participated.

“This is a great honor for me and for my outstanding coworkers at Nexenta,” said Jon Ash, vice president of sales at Nexenta. “This recognition highlights the overwhelming success of Nexenta’s channel program, which has well over 200 partners. It also validates Nexenta’s game-changing model that offers superior performance at lower cost – in some cases by 75 to 80 percent – over the outdated lock-in models of our legacy vendor competition.”

For the ninth consecutive year, Channel Chiefs were selected by the CRN editorial team based on channel experience, program innovations, channel-driven revenue, and public support for the importance of IT Channel Sales.

“The 2012 Channel Chiefs list recognizes vendor executives dedicated to driving channel programs in the IT marketplace,” said UBM Channel Editorial Director and Vice President Kelley Damore. “These are the people, the products and the programs that any savvy solution provider needs to know. We congratulate this year’s Channel Chiefs for their stellar record of business innovation and applaud them for their continued dedication to the partner community.”

The 2012 Channel Chiefs list is featured in the February issue of CRN Magazine and will be featured online at www.crn.com.

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 (639-3682). Partners selling NexentaStor based hardware/software appliances can be found at http://www.nexenta.com/partners.

About UBM Channel: (www.ubmchannel.com)

UBM Channel is the premier provider of IT channel-focused events, media, research, consulting, and sales and marketing services. With over 30 years of experience and engagement, UBM Channel has the unmatched channel expertise to execute integrated solutions for technology executives managing partner recruitment, enablement and go-to-market strategy in order to accelerate technology sales. UBM Channel is a UBM company. To learn more about UBM Channel, visit us at www.ubmchannel.com.

UBM plc (www.ubm.com)

UBM plc is a leading global business media company. We inform markets and bring the world's buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewelry traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,000 staff in more than 30 countries is organized into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently. For more information, go to www.ubm.com



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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.