The issue of vendor lock-in has been a concern among many companies that are consideration a migration to cloud services. The need for greater interoperability between solutions is paramount as many companies utilize a larger variety of technologies from a range of different providers.

NexentaStor, the flagship product of Nexenta Systems, was recently awarded Best Storage Product of the Year at the 2012 Techworld Awards. NexentaStor delivers enterprise-grade cloud storage while also enabling the freedom of open source. Nexenta’s offering allows companies to better customize their cloud storage infrastructure by utilizing any industry-standard hardware, while also delivering valuable features such as multiple replication methods to ensure data integrity.

“We and our partners also deliver a fundamentally better – more scalable, easier to use, feature rich product – able to deliver everything from cutting edge all flash performance in excess of one million IOPS to best of breed scale out with a theoretical capacity in excess of all the data ever written to disk,” said Evan Powell, CEO at Nexenta. “Our innovation pipeline is also packed – we intend to lead the accelerating transition of the storage industry towards a software-centric future.”

From hardware to software
SD Times columnist Alex Handy highlighted the benefit of replicating data centers into cloud storage solutions. Traditional storage systems house all of the information within the physical infrastructure. This either limits the ability of cloud applications or reduces their performance.

“Thus, developers can use these systems internally, but cloud-hosted apps are either unable to use such storage, or must do so through a high-latency connection from the cloud into the data center,” Handy wrote.

By using new storage systems that can automate data migration between hardware and software, companies can leverage cloud applications with all of their data. Bill Roth, vice president of marketing at Nexenta, told SD Times that software-based storage allows developers to customize their storage infrastructures to better fit the needs of their company’s programs.

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