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NexentaVSA for VMware View + Cisco UCS Achieve Rapid Desktop Certification with VMware

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nexenta® Systems, the world leader in Software-defined Storage, today announced the successful completion of the VMware Rapid Desktop Appliance certification through a combination of Nexenta software and the Cisco UCS platform. At present, there are 10 vendors in the VMware Rapid Desktop Appliance program. Four of the certified solutions offered by these participants are based on NexentaVSA for VMware View deployments.

This new deployment includes Cisco UCS (with no other physical storage appliance required) and VMware View®. NexentaVSA for VMware View simplifies the provisioning and deployment of virtual desktops and associated storage. The combined VMware Rapid Desktop-certified solution takes advantage of an all-UCS configuration, which provides compute, virtualization, storage, and networking in one platform.

“The Cisco UCS platform, with NexentaVSA for VMware View, is designed to enhance traditional VDI deployment and address management challenges,” said Mason Uyeda, director, Technical and Solutions Marketing, End User Computing, VMware. “VMware is pleased to see this new offering from Nexenta and Cisco, which delivers out-of-the-box unified networking, virtualization, and storage value to VMware View® customers.”

NexentaVSA for VMware View has VMware NAS VAAI support and is capable of increasing performance and reducing the time taken to deploy VMs by up to 60 percent. It can be flexibly deployed in a compute blade and/or rack combination, depending on customer business requirements.

“VDI projects can face cost overruns when it comes to storage deployments and NexentaVSA for VMware View is proud of its ability to drive down costs while providing end users with high performance computing,” said Evan Powell, CEO of Nexenta. “This complete solution, with Cisco UCS, VMware View®, and NexentaVSA for VMware View, is capable of supporting almost any number of floating and dedicated desktops, and can do so in an HA environment.”

This combined Nexenta and Cisco solution can scale without limits. Customers can start small with a proof of concept with as few as 50 seats, and then scale to support thousands of desktops within the same architecture and with a similar per-unit desktop cost. NexentaVSA for VMware View currently lists at $35 per concurrent desktop, which includes unlimited local storage and 16 TB of external storage for VDI workloads.

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About Nexenta Systems

Nexenta Systems is the leading supplier of enterprise-class OpenStorage solutions. Its flagship software-only platform, NexentaStor, delivers high-performance, ultra-scalable, cloud- and virtualization-optimized storage solutions. Built upon ZFS technology, and 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.

More information about Nexenta Systems, and free trials of the ZFS-based NexentaStor, can be found at or call +1 (855) NEXENTA.

Nexenta and NexentaStor are trademarks of Nexenta Systems, Inc. All other marks are held by their respective owners.

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Source: Nexenta Systems