NexentaStor 4.0 is released.. time for new storage at home and work!

After waiting for a few years, Nexenta has released the 4.0 version of their software defined storage solution.  This long awaited release was tested more than any other release ihave seen from Nexenta.  As most know I have worked for Nexenta for the last couple years and got to see testing from a QA team through sales engineering and support and some of the largest service providers.  Looking forward to seeing customers running on the latest version.  A community edition is out also!!!

Some of the new features of NexentaStor 4.0 are:


  • Scaling to petabyte system capacities
  • Seamless handling of intermittently faulty devices
  • Guided wizards for system setup and configuration


  • Over 50% reduction in HA failover times
  • 4X faster performance
  • 512GB dynamic read cache per head
  • Native SMB 2.1 support


  • Redesigned Auto-Sync replication
  • Illumos kernel integration
  • Deeper VMware, Windows, and OpenStack integration

Nexenta have been working hard to improve many areas of NexentaStor, including improving security, manageability, availability, reliability, TCO and scalability. NexentaStor 4.0 embodies all that hard work and shows particular improvement for operational performance and ease of administration.

Go see the site to get both Enterprise and Community Version


Off to a new adventure…

Today marks my last day as a solutions architect for a reseller.  I have been working on and off for resellers since college and very infrequently have I seen a technology that I thought could be a true game changer.  The last one I can think of was VMware, and as many of you are aware that has played out well for me over the past few years.  While I have learned so much working for both Convergence Technology (@convergencetech) and Clearpath Solutions (@clearpathsg) in the reseller world, I got an offer too good to turn down.  Make sure to go follow them both as they have alot of smart guys (and girls).  So after much thought it was time to trust my gut again.

Starting on Monday I will be the Federal / Mid-Atlantic Solutions Architect/Sales Engineer for Nexenta(@nexenta).  For those of you not familiar with Nexenta, they have been listed as the fastest growing storage startup ever.  The interesting thing on that is that they are actually a software company.  Nexenta was started in 2004 and came out of stealth in 2008.  As a small and growing company that focuses on the virtualization, big data, and storage space, I felt they were a great fit.  NexentaStor is the flagship product built on the ZFS filesystem.   allows SMB to Enterprises to use commodity hardware with NexentaStor layered on top as fully functional enterprise class SAN and NAS units.  The feature set is actually much larger than I would want to put in this one post so expect more to come as I get more and more ramped up.

The great part is I will also still be able to be heavily involved with VMware.  I will also be joining as the third member of Nexenta’s Virtualization sniper team (I just made the name up but I like it).  I will be joining Theron Conrey (@theronconrey) and Tom Howarth (@tom_howarth) to help Nexenta continue to grow the relationship and integration with virtualization products.

I am really excited and looking forward to this next step and my first with a manufacturer.  Thank you to all that have supported me to here and heres to a great new adventure.

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