SOURCE: Nexenta Systems

August 02, 2009 13:00 ET

Earlham College Expands Use of NexentaStor 2.0

Revolutionary Open Storage Solution Provides Unmatched Price / Performance and Flexibility

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - August 2, 2009) - Nexenta Systems, the leading provider of hardware independent NAS and SAN solutions, has freed another customer from the shackles of proprietary enterprise storage. Earlham College announced today that they are tripling their capacity of storage managed by NexentaStor and expanding their usage of NexentaStor to encompass primary storage, desktop backup, and site to site replication.

Earlham College is a leading Midwestern Liberal Arts College based in Richmond, Indiana.

Randy Schultz, the Lead Systems Administrator at Earlham, said: "We initially used NexentaStor on Sun x4500 Thumper servers for primary storage for home directories. In the course of a year we have seen the system perform extremely well while additional capabilities and features were added at no additional cost from Nexenta. We recently added more NexentaStor based systems and are now using NexentaStor for replication and disaster recovery and have repurposed our initial systems to use Nexenta's excellent desktop backup capabilities. We're extremely happy with the price / performance and with the ease of use."

Specific ways that Earlham is using NexentaStor include:

--  Site to site replication:  Earlham utilizes asynchronous, snapshot
    based replication from Nexenta.  This replication is based upon ZFS
    snapshots and adds a number of capabilities onto this foundation including
    the ability to connect seamlessly to legacy storage and to back-off or self
    throttle and retry as needed in the case of network congestion.
--  Shared Windows and Linux file access:  As an enterprise class NAS,
    NexentaStor enables the sharing of files between Windows and Linux users
    and facilitates the administration of user access through LDAP integration.
--  Desktop backup:  NexentaStor offers an optional module called
    Deloreon.  This module performs per windows client backup across the
    network to centrally located NexentaStor unified storage.

Another benefit Earlham College has experienced is seamless and cost free software upgrades. Nexenta has delivered a number of incremental updates over the year that Earlham College has been a customer. These upgrades are available via a seamless process.

Randy Schultz said: "Every single upgrade has been completely trouble-free, which is the first time I can say that about any system I have managed."

For more information about NexentaStor and complete solutions based upon NexentaStor, contact Nexenta Systems at +1-877-862-7770, email or visit Newly introduced optional modules Deloreon, providing ZFS powered Windows backup, and Target 1.0, for the management of NexentaStor as a block-level target, are available at no cost until August 15th, 2009.

Also, free trials of NexentaStor are available at:

About Nexenta Systems, Inc.

Nexenta Systems has developed NexentaStor™, the leading open storage enterprise class NAS/SAN solution and sponsors NexentaCore, an open source operating system that combines the high performance and reliability of OpenSolaris with the ease of use and breadth of applications of Linux. Both solutions leverage the revolutionary file system ZFS. Nexenta is a VMware Technology Alliance Partner. More information about Nexenta Systems, Inc. and free trials of the ZFS based NexentaStor can be found at

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