SOURCE: Coraid


May 05, 2009 12:16 ET

Open Storage Leaders Join Forces to Deliver Affordable, High Performance ZFS-based NexentaStor Unified Storage With AoE

Alyseo, NexentaStor and CORAID EtherDrive Combine for Fully Featured, High-Performance Unified Storage That Has More Than Twice the Capacity at Half the Price

SAN CLEMENTE, CA--(Marketwire - May 5, 2009) - Leading Open Storage technologists Alyseo SARL, Nexenta Systems, Inc. and CORAID, Inc. today jointly announce the availability of a uniquely capable and affordable Unified Storage solution. NexentaStor from Nexenta Systems now utilizes the efficient ATA-over-Ethernet (AoE) driver from CORAID to create an enterprise-class storage system with extreme performance and unlimited scalability that costs just a fraction of the cost of legacy storage systems. French systems integrator Alyseo spearheaded the collaboration amongst the industry's leading Open Storage vendors, proving the Open Storage movement has reached critical mass and delivering solutions that surpass legacy proprietary storage solutions -- from cost to performance to full features.

As a leading Open Storage NAS/SAN software solution, NexentaStor provides a cost-effective, risk-free way to achieve the benefits of high performance enterprise class storage with no vendor lock-in or the burden of legacy proprietary hardware. NexentaStor's enterprise storage capabilities include unlimited snapshots and file sizes, end to end data integrity checks that can find and correct silent data corruption, and ease of use features as integrated search and simple configuration wizards. NexentaStor and AoE are a proven fit for Alyseo's delivery of affordable, high-performance fault tolerant unified NAS/SAN storage solutions across their European customer base and have buoyed Alyseo's place as an independent SAN storage leader in Europe.

AoE storage support is now a standard option in NexentaStor offering NexentaStor users and partners a flexible SAN technology with unmatched price performance. CORAID EtherDrive SAN products utilize the open ATA-over-Ethernet (AoE) lightweight network storage protocol. Unlike iSCSI solutions, the AoE protocol transports ATA disk commands over Ethernet without the burden of TCP/IP overhead. EtherDrive SAN uses purpose-built software leveraging commodity components to achieve unparalleled price and performance. EtherDrive SAN products, delivering Fibre Channel speeds at Ethernet prices, offer the best enterprise-class solutions that embrace virtualization for the demands of today's IT organizations.

"For over 3 years Alyseo has been integrating CORAID EtherDrive storage into system solutions for the most scalable high-performance SAN systems at a fraction of the costs of iSCSI or Fibre Channel storage systems," said Yacine Kheddache, Alyseo's Managing Director. "The price to performance advantages of EtherDrive SAN storage enables us to create very high-performance, scalable storage using NexentaStor's NAS gateway. Using SSD and 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections to our EtherDrive SAN, we achieve extremely high NFS performance, and NexentaStor's thin provisioning and scalability provides for unlimited, simple capacity expansion. The combined solution gives our customers more than twice the storage capacity of legacy proprietary NAS solutions at less than half the cost with a full compliment of advanced capabilities that today's legacy storage vendors cannot match."

"An Open Storage protocol like ATA-over-Ethernet and its scalability, performance and cost-effectiveness are a perfect match for our ZFS-based NexentaStor," said Evan Powell, CEO of Nexenta Systems. "Alyseo led the way integrating NexentaStor with EtherDrive storage, and we know other Nexenta partners will be following. The message to our customers and partners is clear: together the Open Storage community now provides solutions that no single legacy storage vendor can hope to match -- superior solutions at a fraction of the cost and operating expense of legacy storage systems."

"CORAID has been an active proponent of the open source community for many years and is thrilled to support innovative solutions like the ZFS-based NexentaStor," said Jim Kemp, CEO of CORAID. "There are important storage features in NexentaStor that will help our joint customers gain great value from these products working together."

For more information on how CORAID's EtherDrive storage is being used by enterprises all over the world, please contact CORAID at +1-706-548-7200, email or visit

For more information on NexentaStor and on complete solutions based upon NexentaStor, contact Nexenta Systems at +1-877-862-7770, email or visit

Contact Alyseo for fully packaged and supported hardware solutions or advanced storage integration options at +33 (0)6 60 66 81 53, email or visit

About CORAID, Inc.

CORAID's EtherDrive®, the affordable network storage, provides fast SAN solutions exceeding Fibre Channel speeds at Ethernet prices. CORAID designs and manufactures innovative, affordable network storage appliances based on the open ATA-over-Ethernet (AoE) lightweight network storage protocol. AoE leverages the advantages of Ethernet without the burden of TCP/IP overhead. EtherDrive SAN is the affordable alternative to iSCSI and Fibre Channel. CORAID was recently named among "Linux Magazine's Top 20 Companies to Watch in 2009" and has won InfoWorld's BOSSIE Award for Best of Open Source in Storage and Product Excellence Award for Best Data Backup and Storage Solution at the Linux World Expo. For more information, visit

About Nexenta Systems, Inc.

Nexenta Systems has developed NexentaStor™, the leading open storage enterprise class NAS/iSCSI 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. More information about Nexenta Systems, Inc. and free trials of the ZFS based NexentaStor can be found at or call: (877) 862-7770.

About Alyseo SARL

Alyseo is a leading storage systems integrator in France. Alyseo offers customers in Europe innovative system solutions based on the best available technologies (NexentaStor, EtherDrive, Fusion-io, Xen and VMware). Thanks to their expertise, Alyseo is a well recognized partner. In 2008 they were awarded Citrix best French xenserver reseller. For more information and try & buy, email or visit - -

CORAID and EtherDrive are registered trademarks of CORAID, Inc. NexentaStor is a registered trademark if Nexenta Systems, Inc. All other marks and names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective companies.