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Prestigious Honor Highlights Nexenta’s Robust Partner Program
and Recent Channel Momentum

Santa Clara, California — March 26, 2012 — Nexenta Systems, the world leader in OpenStorage solutions, today announced it has been named to CRN’s 2012 Partner Program Guide and was awarded the highest possible rating of a CRN 5-Star Partner. The 2012 Partner Program Guide and CRN 5-Star Rating is the definitive listing of manufacturers and software publishers that service solution providers or provide products to the IT Channel. Nexenta works with more than 250 resale and technology partners, including industry leaders Dell Computer, Intel, Quanta Computer, Supermicro, Cisco Systems, Arista, LSI, Qlogic, Emulex, Symantec, CommVault, VMware and Citrix to deliver enterprise-class storage solutions for more than 4,000 commercial deployments.

Nexenta’s Partner Program previously was honored in February 2012 when Jon Ash, vice president of sales, was named one of CRN’s 2012 Channel Chiefs. Today’s news comes shortly after Nexenta announced it will be supporting Intel’s newly announced Intel® Xeon® E5 Server Platform, and that its ecosystem of partners can deliver value on this transformative platform for storage systems beginning immediately.

Said Nexenta Vice President of Sales Jon Ash: “We are thrilled by CRN’s ringing endorsement of Nexenta’s extensive and robust partner program. We would also like to thank our partners for our success to date for their work to help us build an award-winning partner program. Together with my recognition as a CRN 2012 Channel Chief, Nexenta’s 5-Star Rating is further validation that our work with partners to deliver NexentaStor plus partner hardware solutions is enabling partners to beat the legacy storage systems while building a high-margin, high-value storage business for themselves. At Nexenta we believe partner is a verb – every single employee and contractor signs a pledge to be partner- and customer- focused. Together with our partners, we are transforming the storage industry, which comprises some 30-40 percent or more of total enterprise IT spending. I am personally committed to helping our partners continue to grow at the 400 percent and greater pace we have seen in the last two years.”

In building the list, UBM Channel Research developed a methodology in which the objective criteria takes into account each vendor’s investments in program offerings, partner profitability, partner training, education and support, marketing programs and resources, sales support and communication.

“The companies listed in CRN’s 2012 Partner Program Guide represent a comprehensive list of the best channel programs in the market today,” said Kelley Damore, vice president and editorial director for UBM Channel’s CRN. “The 5-Star Rating is reserved for vendors that understand that a successful partnership does not rely solely on the technology. By offering their partners tools, education and regular updates, vendors on this list go above and beyond traditional support to ensure a mutually beneficial partnership.”

The 2012 Partner Program Guide and 5-Star Partners listing will be featured on CRN.com and in the March 2012 issue of CRN.

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 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.

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Scott Regan

UBM Channel



Lauren Connelly

Schwartz MSL for Nexenta



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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.