Nexenta Systems Partners with Emulex to Deliver High-Performance, Converged Networking

Mountain View, CA (PRWEB) November 08, 2011

Nexenta Systems, the leader in OpenStorage solutions, today announced that it has partnered with Emulex Corporation to enable customers of Nexentas unified storage management platform, NexentaStor, to leverage Emulex’s industry-leading portfolio of enterprise-class connectivity solutions. Nexenta has certified and now supports Emulex OneConnect 10Gb Ethernet (10GbE) Universal Converged Network Adapters (UCNAs) and LightPulse 8Gb Fibre Channel (8GFC) Host Bus Adapters (HBAs).


The NexentaStor 3.1 certification of Emulex OneConnect adapters includes the OCe11102-N 10GbE Network Interface Card (NIC). The certified solutions provide customers with high-performance, 10GbE-based network connectivity which removes the overhead of network and storage traffic from the CPU with Emulex’s vEngine TCP/IP hardware offload technology. Emulex’s UCNA platform consolidates network and storage traffic on one adapter, helping clients reduce complexity and lower networking costs.


In addition to Emulex OneConnect UCNAs, Nexenta certified Emulex’s LightPulse 8GFC Fibre Channel HBAs, which enable the throughput, scalability and reliability necessary for I/O-intensive applications and high-density virtual server environments.


With the adoption of open standards and best-of-breed solutions, Emulex and Nexenta provide customers with cost-effective, industry standard storage solutions. By providing world-class I/O connectivity solutions, Emulex adds great value to the OpenStorage movement. Customers now have the flexibility to deploy storage that meets or exceeds their business requirements without a proprietary hardware stack.


The shift from locked-in, legacy storage to the new OpenStorage environment, allows companies of all sizes to deploy enterprise-class storage solutions, said Brad Stone, vice president of product management, Nexenta. We welcome the addition of Emulex and believe the storage monoliths of yesteryear are in for some stiff competition from the OpenStorage ecosystem that includes vendors like Emulex and Nexenta.


We’ve worked with Nexenta to create a solution that enables customers adopting OpenStorage to leverage our industry-leading 10GbE and Fibre Channel adapters,” said Shaun Walsh, vice president of marketing, Emulex. “Together, we are providing solutions using the NexentaStor platform that meet the storage and server connectivity needs of our customers.”


In a related effort, Emulex has joined the Illumos Foundation to ensure embedded support for current and upcoming products. The Illumos project is a community-driven fork of the OpenSolaris operating system.


Illumos was created to stand independently from OpenSolaris, and provide a point of collaboration for the OpenSolaris and Solaris communities, said Illumos Community Leader Garrett DAmore. Emulex will prove to be a crucial contributor to the advancement of the Illumos conservancy.


With this certification, Emulex HBAs, CNAs and NICs are now available for use in the NexentaStor installed base and the Illumos community. For more information about the partnership and a list of all Emulex certified products and updates, please visit or For more information on Illumos please visit


About Nexenta Systems

Nexenta Systems is the worlds leading provider of enterprise-class OpenStorage solutions. The companys flagship software-only platform, NexentaStor, delivers high-performance, ultra-scalable, cloud- and virtualization-optimized storage management. NexentaStor is a storage software solution built upon ZFS technology. It operates on industry standard x86 servers and provides NAS and SAN capabilities, including support for CIFS, NFS, iSCSI, and Fibre Channel storage access.


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 or call (877) 862-7770.



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