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Nexenta Frees Vigilant from Legacy Storage Lock-In

Nexenta’s Hardware-Agnostic Solution Cuts Storage Costs, Improves System Uptime and Eliminates Dependency on Legacy Vendor Systems

Santa Clara, CA — June 27, 2012 — Nexenta® Systems, the world leader in OpenStorage solutions, today announced that Vigilant, who counsels companies on employment issues throughout the Northwest and California, selected NexentaStor as its storage array and virtualization appliance. Nexenta partnered with Nordisk Systems, Inc., which provided hardware and professional services, to develop a system that reduced Vigilant’s storage costs, ensured backup of its critical data, and liberated the company from the locked-in business model of legacy storage vendors.

For more than 50 years, Vigilant (which previously operated under the name TOC), has been helping employers stay compliant and out of trouble. Vigilant’s staff of employment attorneys, along with safety, human resources, and benefits professionals, guide businesses from all sectors, both large and small, through the maze of employment issues, affirmative action plans, safety concerns, health plans, and workplace training.

Vigilant’s previous server system, which included SharePoint 1.0 deployed first on a Windows 2000 server and then WSS 3.0 since 2009, was stifling productivity and overall business success. The company’s servers were overheating, and renovating the cooling system was cost-prohibitive.

Vigilant’s new solution creates a server architecture with a modern 5U server and storage virtualization stack powered by VMware ESXi and NexentaStor. Nexenta’s solution virtualized the physical servers, thereby reducing room temperature, prolonging the server lifecycle, and increasing overall server and network reliability. The solution eliminated redundant backups, reduced downtime, and ensured that critical data would be protected and restored in the event of a hardware failure. Nexenta’s OpenStorage approach delivers high-level efficiencies while providing enterprise-class performance and manageability.

Triet Nguyen, senior network engineer, Vigilant, has stated that, “We were feeling the heat, both literally and figuratively, from our legacy storage system. Failures from overheating and age were causing downtime for staff and delays in customer response time. Nexenta was able to solve all these issues, easily and within budget.”

Said Evan Powell, CEO, Nexenta Systems: “Vigilant’s experience is a textbook case of why companies small and large are embracing OpenStorage. Legacy vendor lock-in forces dependence on costly and inconveniently timed hardware updates. When your company stays with these older systems, your business output suffers as a result. Nexenta empowered Vigilant to free itself from this model and, as a result, Vigilant is experiencing significant cost-savings and an increase in uptime as a result.”

This week, in collaboration with Vigilant, Nexenta will host a live webinar to discuss how Vigilant’s legacy storage architecture was transformed by Nexenta OpenStorage.

Webinar Details

Topic: Vigilant Turns to Nexenta for Virtualization and Cost Controls

Date: Thursday, June 28, 2012

Time: 10:00 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT

To register, please visit https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/665491766

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The Nexenta Partner Program is a tiered Value-Added Reseller program, which offers resellers a wide array of technical, marketing and monetary benefits. To learn more about this program, see nexenta.com/partners.

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 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 Nexenta.com or call +1 (855) NEXENTA. Partners selling NexentaStor-based hardware/software appliances can be found at nexenta.com/corp/partners.


Merrill Freund or Lauren Connelly

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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.