by Adam Armstrong

Nexenta & Cisco Partner On Enterprise Files Services For HCI

Nexenta announced that it is partnering with Cisco putting its software-based enterprise file services on Cisco’s HyperFlex solution. This new solution has been tested, validated, and is ready to deploy offering HyperFlex benefits such as independent scaling and flexible cluster scaling that in turn should accelerate adoption and expand to new use cases through Nexenta's software storage solution, NexentaStor Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA). The new use cases would include VDI, ROBO, and backup/DR.

Hyper-converged infrastructures (HCI) have really taken the limelight for several use cases in recent years. Cisco has pushed this even further with its HCI, HyperFlex, that it claims supports any app, on any cloud, at any scale. HCI is great for VDI and ROBO deployments but enterprise workloads still require file storage protocols like NFS and SMB/CIFS. Seeing this problem the two companies decided to combine Cisco’s HyperFlex HCI with Nexenta’s NexentaStor VSA. NexentaStor VSA can easily be leveraged in a Cisco HyperFlex environment with no need for additional hardware, adding file services to the HCI. 

Key Cisco HyperFlex and NexentaStor VSA Solution Differentiators:

  • High-performance SMB and NFS
  • Microsoft AD, LDAP, and Kerberos integration
  • Concurrent SMB & NFS sharing
  • Simplicity of management through VMware vCenter Plugin
  • Inline IO acceleration improving performance
  • Capacity saving inline data reduction
  • Integrated and scheduled snapshots
  • Maintains data integrity during stressful tasks – network/ disk, host recovery
  • Security and domain control with AD
  • High-Performance Replication (scheduled and continuous)
  • High Availability
  • Designed to meet the high demands for performance in a hyper-converged environment
  • Tested and validated by Cisco and Nexenta


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