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Nexenta Systems Underpins Ballou Hosting Intelligence with 304TB of Enterprise Storage

OpenStorage solution provides 75% cost saving and halves time spent on storage management



London, UK — 21 May 2012 — Nexenta Systems, the world’s leading provider of OpenStorage solutions for the enterprise, today announced that rapidly growing managed services provider, Ballou, has implemented six NexentaStor systems to underpin its entire 304TB storage IT infrastructure. Nexenta’s OpenStorage provides enterprise class features including hybrid storage pooling, unlimited snapshots, deduplication, and thin provisioning but at a quarter of the price of other traditional storage vendors. Ballou will be presenting the benefits of Nexenta at the OpenStorage Summit EMEA 2012, on May 24th.



Founded in 1997, Ballou prides itself on being one of Sweden’s most reliable service providers. Managing terabytes of data for businesses, governments, and individuals, it offers flexible and customised managed services, such as server virtualisation, email, and Web hosting facilities. Some of Ballou’s key competitive differentiators are its popular customer support staff, a reputation for proven high availability, and its datacentre facilities.



With a newly upgraded VMware infrastructure, Ballou realised its aging IBM SAN was not providing the performance required and it was rapidly running out of space. Additionally, with Ballou looking to implement several large cloud-based projects in the near future, it needed a storage infrastructure with scalability, superior performance, and one that could manage increasing customer requirements. Ballou needed an agile, versatile, and flexible solution, which would provide enterprise features at a competitive price.



After carefully assessing a number of solutions, and with support from its channel partner Layer 8, Ballou implemented NexentaStor. Together with Layer 8, Ballou designed a solution based on NexentaStor and high performance ZeusRAM and ZeusIOPS from STEC. Johan Tungström, CEO at Layer 8 IT-Services says: “Working together with Ballou is very challenging yet satisfying as their IT infrastructure is complex and they have a technical team with key skills in storage, virtualisation, and networking. The solution built has, from the ground up, scalability, flexibility, redundancy, and performance in mind so Ballou can easily grow in any direction.”



Daniel Jakobsson, Storage and Virtualisation Specialist, Ballou explains: “Nexenta has allowed us to upgrade our whole storage infrastructure. It has not only boosted our performance, but it offers us the ability to scale up and out, and still remain competitively priced. With our data growth rates exploding, no other approach to storage can match its scalability and flexibility. Nexenta also will play a key role as we launch several upcoming cloud projects.”



NexentaStor is used to underpin Ballou’s entire storage infrastructure, including its VMware environment, and manage a large number of its customers’ diverse types of data from Oracle databases to media files. Additionally, Ballou uses NexentaStor in its test environment and for replication in order to create a backup of all its data.



Jakobsson concludes: “By deploying Nexenta, we have spent 75% less than the potential cost of implementing a competing solution from the likes of NetApp. Nexenta also has cut the time spent on storage management by 50%, freeing up additional time, which can be used on other projects. With all these benefits, it was easy to demonstrate to my chief executive why investing in OpenStorage would enable us to stay ahead of the game at a fraction of the cost.”



Evan Powell, CEO of Nexenta says: "Nexenta is ideal for helping customers, such as Ballou, manage the deluge of data cost-effectively, while at the same time remaining flexible with the ability to support their customers’ requirements. We are dedicated to helping customers manage their virtualisation and cloud infrastructures. We look forward to a long relationship with Ballou.”



Find out more at the Nexenta OpenStorage Summit EMEA 2012

Daniel Jakobsson, Storage and Virtualisation Specialist at Ballou will be presenting the case study including why he chose Nexenta and how it fits into the IT infrastructure at Ballou at the Nexenta OSS Summit EMEA on May 24th from 1615-1700.



For more information, visit: www.openstoragesummit.org.



About Layer 8 IT-Services

Layer 8 IT-Services was founded in 2010 by three highly motivated IT consultants that together have more than 35 years of experience within the IT Industry. Layer 8’s focus is to deliver IT Solutions, Cloud Services, Managed Services as well as IT Consulting within Networks, Security, Storage and Virtualisation. Layer 8 is based in Stockholm, Linköping, and Gävle, SWEDEN. For more information visit: www.layer8-it.net.



About Nexenta Systems

Nexenta® Systems is the world’s leading provider of enterprise-class OpenStorage solutions. The company’s flagship software-only platform, NexentaStor, delivers high-performance, ultra-scalable, cloud- and virtualisation-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 industry-standard hardware, NexentaStor eliminates vendor lock-in and provides open, unified storage management at a fraction of the cost of legacy systems. For more information, and a free trial of NexentaStor, please visit us at: www.nexenta.com.



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