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London, UK — 24 April, 2012 — Nexenta® Systems, the world’s leading provider of OpenStorage solutions for the enterprise, today announced that Web hosting provider, TerraTel, has chosen two NexentaStor SAN solutions to underpin its entire virtual infrastructure. This has led to the Swedish company saving two-thirds of its storage costs.

Established in 1994, TerraTel provides high quality Web hosting, email solutions, and backup services to hundreds of customers across Sweden, Scandinavia, and Europe. For TerraTel, managing and protecting its clients’ mission critical data is serious business. An integral part is ensuring guaranteed uptime, superior performance, and data protection.

After moving to a VMware infrastructure, it became apparent that the company’s existing storage infrastructure, which included a number of different SAN solutions, was unable to cope. The company required a consolidated, reliable enterprise storage solution to underpin its virtual environment but at the most competitive price.

After carefully evaluating several solutions, with the help of channel partner Layer 8, TerraTel selected NexentaStor. Mattias Palsson, CTO, TerraTel, explains: “NexentaStor offers great performance and is incredibly flexible. The biggest benefit for TerraTel is that we can implement enterprise class storage for a fraction of the cost of a legacy system. With Nexenta, we no longer have to choose between features or performance, we can effectively provide both and satisfy our clients’ needs when provisioning new virtual servers.”

NexentaStor, which is exclusively used for TerraTel’s VMware infrastructure, is built on enterprise hardware from Cisco, creating two SANs. Each uses 2U rack servers with 16 disks to create a combined total raw capacity of 12TB. Features include hybrid storage pooling, unlimited snapshots, deduplication, and thin provisioning.

Palsson concludes: “We estimate that by buying two Nexenta solutions, we have spent less than one third of the investment we could have made with one Oracle SAN unit. This cost saving provides TerraTel with additional capital, which can be used for other IT resources to ensure we are meeting all our service level agreements.”

Evan Powell, CEO of Nexenta. ''TerraTel’s use of NexentaStor to manage its virtual environment shows that OpenStorage is a viable alternative to traditional legacy storage companies. TerraTel’s hosting business needs enterprise storage that can support and grow with it. No other approach to storage can match the scale and flexibility of the commercially supported OpenStorage-based NexentaStor. We look forward to a long relationship with TerraTel.”

Find out more about Nexenta at its EMEA OpenStorage Summit 2012

Nexenta hosts the OpenStorage Summit EMEA 2012 in Amsterdam on May 22-24. This event offers both strategic and hands-on guidance for OpenStorage IT infrastructures demonstrating how virtualisation, high-availability, and cloud technologies work together to make businesses more agile and efficient. Key note speakers include: Evan Powell, CEO of Nexenta; Randy Bias, Co-Founder and CTO of CloudScaling; Douglas Gourlay, VP of Marketing, Arista Networks; and Simon Phipps, Open Source Evangelist and Technology Writer.

For more information, visit: www.openstoragesummit.org.

Visit Nexenta at IP Expo Sweden

Join Nexenta and our Partner Layer 8 at IP Expo taking place in Stockholm, Sweden, May 9-10.

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 virtualisation-optimised storage solutions and is one of the most widely deployed systems leveraging flash and SSDs for high performance. 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. Partners selling NexentaStor-based hardware/software appliances can be found at www.nexenta.com/partners.

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