Nexenta Systems Extends OpenStorage Leadership With Comstar iSCSI

San Jose, California, UNITED STATES

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwire - March 4, 2009) - Nexenta Systems today announced the availability of the revolutionary Solaris-based Comstar iSCSI target as a part of NexentaStor 1.1.5. NexentaStor is the leading provider of OpenStorage NAS and iSCSI solutions utilizing the ZFS file system.

"Many of our customers access NexentaStor via iSCSI," said Erik Logan, President and CTO of Pogo Linux. "Pogo is excited that our customers will benefit from the 200-300% increase in read and write performance gained from the inclusion of Comstar, all without losing any of the data integrity and ease-of-use that NexentaStor is known for."

Unlike other iSCSI targets on the market, NexentaStor allows administrators to back up and protect their data without impacting the performance end users have come to expect. NexentaStor also enables easy management of unlimited snapshots that do not impact the CPU performance. The addition of the multi-threaded, next-generation iSCSI target Comstar adds value to NexentaStor with its enhanced performance.

Advantages of NexentaStor as an iSCSI target:

--  the ease-of-use and power of NAS and iSCSI capabilities in one
--  software RAIDZ and RAIDZ2 that avoids the 'write-hole' risks of
    traditional RAID 5
--  native thin provisioning so administrators can over-provision
    capacity, and add disks as needed
--  unmatched protection against silent data corruption, via end-to-end
    checksums and automatic error correction
--  elimination of target-imposed limits on the number of clients
    accessing the iSCSI target
--  automated use of SSDs to accelerate performance

Prices from Pogo Linux start as low as $3,300 for a powerful 1U appliance solution that can be easily expanded via SAS ports and JBODs. NexentaStor and PogoLinux are providing customers with world-class storage at a fraction of the cost of legacy solutions.

"Especially in India and other emerging markets, iSCSI popularity is skyrocketing," said Anil Gulecha, Director of Indian Operations for Nexenta Systems. "With the first commercial, ZFS-based NAS/iSCSI solution to include the revolutionary Comstar target, NexentaStor is able to provide an unmatched solution to companies wrestling with booming data demands on a tight budget."

NexentaStor leverages the ZFS file system to provide exceptional value and performance, saving customers 70% or more while providing superior data integrity, ease-of-use, and scalability compared to legacy storage solutions. The unique VM Data Center plug-in offered by Nexenta simplifies storage management and protection of virtual machines. NexentaStor is available as a software appliance -- a bare-metal installation on standard x86 servers or virtual machines. NexentaStor is also available as a pre-configured appliance solution from partners such as Pogo Linux in the United States and Inprove in the Netherlands. Contact us for a complete list of certified NexentaStor partners who provide NexentaStor on certified hardware to their customers worldwide.

About Nexenta Systems

Founded in 2005 and privately held, Nexenta Systems, Inc., 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. Day to day info on Nexenta can be found on Twitter: @nexenta.