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Let the SAN shine: Supermicro inks EVO: RAIL deal with Nexenta

Gets Supermicro on board

Tarkan Maner's Nexenta has snagged another server vendor to use its software for file access to VMware's EVO: RAIL.

A couple of days ago it was Dell, today it's Supermicro.

Supermicro's EVO: RAIL and VMware Virtual SAN offerings will come with NexentaConnect for Virtual SAN product, and so provide file services to the base SAN services. It says it will now be able "to deliver robust and complete platform for its worldwide partners to provide a full-featured and complete hyper-converged solutions helping customers transition to a Software-Defined Data Centre."

Grab a datasheet here (pdf of course).

Like Dell's EVO: RAIL users, Supermicro/Nexenta users get NFS and SMB file services, data protection and data reduction. VMware loves all this this because it makes both EVO: RAIL and its Virtual SAN offerings stronger. Dell and Supermicro like it because EVO: RAIL lets them build hyper-converged systems to compete with Maxta, Nutanix, Simplivity and others faster than their competition.

And Nexenta loves it because it has moved fast to provide a software NAS head for Virtual SAN and EVO: RAIL systems, getting the benefit of this before any one else, as far as we know. Which makes Nexenta more relevant, which should grow sales, which makes Mr. Maner happier.

Any other server vendors likely to jump on board? Ones with file-based products will have a Nexenta competition issue which will probably prevent them giving Tarkan a call.

Ones without are freer to pick up the phone. Cisco? Anybody there? ®

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