SOURCE: Open Invention Network

Open Invention Network

January 18, 2011 09:00 ET

Nexenta Systems Joins Open Invention Network as a Licensee

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA and DURHAM, NC--(Marketwire - January 18, 2011) - Open Invention Network (OIN), the company formed to enable and protect Linux, today extended its community with the signing of Nexenta as a licensee. By becoming a licensee, Nexenta has joined the growing list of organizations that recognize the importance of leveraging the Open Invention Network to further spur open source innovation.

"Given its leadership in open source enterprise class storage software solutions, we are pleased to have Nexenta become a licensee," said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. "By doing so, Nexenta affirms its continued support for open source. We applaud their foresight in taking this step to support both itself and the open source community broadly."

"We view an OIN license as one of the key methods through which open source innovators can deter patent aggression," said Evan Powell, CEO of Nexenta. "We are committed to freedom of action in open source, and in taking a license we help to encourage ongoing development of open storage solutions, which benefits everyone. I'd like to call upon other storage vendors to join OIN as well."

Patents owned by Open Invention Network are available royalty-free to any company, institution or individual that agrees not to assert its patents against the Linux System. This enables companies to continue to make significant corporate and capital expenditure investments in open source -- helping to fuel economic growth. By developing a web of developers, distributors, sellers, resellers and end-users that license its patent portfolio, Open Invention Network is creating a supportive and shielded ecosystem to ensure the growth and adoption of open source solutions.

OIN has amassed a broad portfolio of patents, including patents held by nominees on its behalf. These patents are available to all licensees as part of the patent portfolio that OIN is creating around and in support of Linux. Its license agreement can be found at

About Nexenta

Founded in 2005 and privately held, Nexenta Systems, Inc., has developed NexentaStor™, the leading OpenStorage enterprise class hardware independent storage 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's products have achieved VMware Ready status with VMware, CitrixReady status with Citrix Systems, Inc., and other certifications. More information, visit or call (877) 862-7770.

About Open Invention Network

Open Invention Network is a collaborative enterprise that enables innovation in open source and an increasingly vibrant ecosystem around Linux. It does this by acquiring and licensing patents, influencing behaviors and policy and protecting the integrity of the ecosystem through strategic programs such as Linux Defenders. OIN enables the growth and continuation of open source software by fostering a healthy Linux ecosystem of investors, vendors, developers and users.

Open Invention Network has considerable industry backing. It was launched in 2005 by IBM, NEC, Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sony. OIN has received supplemental financial support from Canonical. For more information, visit

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