Nexenta Announces Keynotes, Sponsors, and Agenda for Its First Annual OpenStorage Summit

Terri McClure, Senior Research Analyst for Enterprise Strategy Group, and Bill Moore, Co-Creator of the Zetta File System (ZFS) to Headline Event

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--()--Nexenta Systems, the world’s leading provider of OpenStorage solutions, today announced keynotes, sponsors and the final agenda for its first annual OpenStorage Summit. The summit will be the premiere educational event focusing on the transformation of the storage industry from proprietary, high cost technologies to cost-effective, standards-based solutions. It will be held on October 26-27, 2010, at the Sheraton Hotel in Palo Alto, Calif. Area Data Systems Inc., High-Availability.Com Limited ("HAC"), and Aberdeen LLC. are among the industry leaders sponsoring the conference, which unites OpenStorage customers and developers with technology experts committed to building low-cost, high performance storage solutions to solve the most complex storage issues.

The full OpenStorage Summit agenda is available at: The early bird deadline for attendee registration will close this week on Friday, September 17.

Keynotes and Programming

Terri McClure from Enterprise Strategy Group will kick off the opening day of the Summit on October 26, with a keynote address on OpenStorage. On October 27, Bill Moore, one of the leaders of the original Sun Microsystems design team that created ZFS, will address attendees with the keynote. Other presenters include Illumos creator and Nexenta Systems Senior Engineer Garrett D'Amore, and DTrace Co-Author and former Solaris Kernel Engineer Adam Leventhal.

Sessions will include vendor-neutral case studies, panel discussions, and best practices for evaluating and deploying innovative storage systems, led by speakers who represent the diversity and pioneering spirit of the thriving OpenStorage community. The first day’s presentations will focus on storage performance, including the latest trends and breakthroughs in solid-state disk (SSD) technology, as well as server and desktop virtualization infrastructure. The agenda for the second day concentrates on enterprise storage solutions such as large scale and cloud deployments.

NexentaStor Training

A concurrent, two-day NexentaStor training will be held on October 25 and 26, providing in-depth information on the Zetta File System (ZFS), including advanced features such as de-duplication, and its use in the NexentaStor product. Attendees who successfully complete the full two-day technical training course will receive accreditation as a Certified NexentaStor Engineer (CNE), the last opportunity in 2010 for attendees to earn this accreditation.

The second day of training will overlap with the summit, allowing summit registrants to attend some of the training presentations. The training will be led by Nexenta Systems Senior Director of Solutions Engineering Richard Elling and Field Engineering Director Darryl Clark.

Other highlights of the OpenStorage Summit include:

  • A solutions showcase demonstrating vendor integration of the latest storage technologies creating innovative solutions for end users, featuring Summit Gold Sponsors.
  • A performance showcase focused on getting maximum performance out of your OpenStorage system including solid-state disks, virtual desktops, and more.
  • An opening cocktail reception at Gordon Biersch to network with your fellow attendees.


Gold Sponsors for the OpenStorage Summit include: Area Data Systems Inc., High-Availability.Com Limited ("HAC"), and Aberdeen LLC. Silver Sponsors include: DDRdrive, Fusion-io, GridIron Systems, Inc., and iXsystems, Inc.

To Participate

Organizations and individuals interested in presenting at the summit should contact Brad Stone at Media interested in attending or hearing more about the event should contact Katy Garlinghouse at

About Nexenta Systems

Founded in 2005 and privately held, Nexenta Systems, Inc., has developed NexentaStor™, the leading OpenStorage enterprise class hardware independent storage solution and sponsors NexentaCore, an open source operating system that combines the high performance and reliability of OpenSolaris with the ease-of-use and breadth of applications of Linux. Both solutions leverage the revolutionary file system ZFS.

Nexenta’s products have achieved VMware Ready status with VMware, an EMC company (NYSE: EMC), CitrixReady status with Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS), and other certifications.

More information about Nexenta Systems, Inc. and free trials of the ZFS-based NexentaStor can be found at or call (877) 862-7770.


Schwartz Communications
Katy Garlinghouse, 415-512-0770


Schwartz Communications
Katy Garlinghouse, 415-512-0770