I started using Nexenta about two weeks ago and I have one word to describe the experience so far: “WOW!” Nexenta supports the following technologies: NFS, iSCSI, CIFS, Deduplication, Snapshots, Cloning, Replication, etc. Doesn’t that feature set look similar to the capabilities offered by Netapp and EMC?
Nexenta is only the software side of the solution, as you’ll need hardware to put it on, but that’s where it gets really exciting(at least for me)! You can use this blog post as inspiration to what can be created at a fraction of the cost of the “traditional” storage vendors. Don’t get me wrong, I think Netapp and EMC offer some amazing products, but I like the idea of creating a customized solution specific to the business needs. All at a low cost entry point.
Here’s an example: Let’s say you’re looking for a simple backup solution with dedupe that scales with the business. A basic array(hardware + licensing) would be about $3500. Compare that with a similar offering from Data Domain, which starts around $20,000. Now I’ve never used a Data Domain product, so I may be missing something(please let me know). My comparison is simply based on the product listing and what I’ve heard on various podcast and blogs.
This is just one example of something that can be accomplished with Nexenta and some commodity hardware. Of course one will need to know how to build the system and customize it to fit the business needs. I hope to discuss the product more in depth on future posts.
Please leave any comments you may have on this post, as I love hearing different points of view on storage technology.