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Leading European Energy Supplier Powers Its Business With Nexenta Software-Defined Storage

Nexenta (@Nexenta), the global leader in Software-Defined Storage (#softwaredefinedstorage) (SDS), today announced that Stadtwerke Tuttlingen (SWT), a regional German energy supplier, has chosen Nexenta’s Software-Defined Storage solution to underpin its entire infrastructure.

Founded in 1896, SWT is responsible for providing electricity, gas, and water utilities to over 34,200 residents across 980 square miles in the South West area of Germany. Along with its responsibility for the power grid, SWT also supplies natural gas to private and business customers while managing two-thirds of Tuttlingen’s drinking water and urban drainage.

SWT was running multiple high performance databases (Oracle, MSSQL) but the existing storage solution was hampered by relatively bad optimisation. The system was only four years old but also incapable of supporting a planned VDI deployment.

After testing and evaluating a system that was recommended by Nexenta’s German premium partner Sievers Group, SWT opted for a 60TB NexentaStor license to underpin the entire SWT infrastructure at its headquarter’s data centre.

Meik Müller, IT Manager at SWT, commented: “To keep our IT-system flexible enough to react with a rapidly evolving energy market, we were looking for a new storage system that offered high performance, flexibility and high availability. We already had experience with software-defined storage but it was when we met Nexenta that we knew we had the right solution.”

Using NexentaStor, SWT has significantly increased the performance of its storage environments while keeping its costs low. One of the key selling points for SWT was the simplicity of Nexenta: There was no need for complex licensing. NexentaStor features, such as unlimited snapshots, thin provisioning and hybrid storage pooling, helped SWT to implement cost-effective storage with high performance.

Mark Jordan, VP and GM, EMEA at Nexenta, said: “Our SDS solution cuts vendor lock-in, radically improves TCO and offers improved performance and scalability. Our solution helps companies like SWT avoid the MESS (Massive Expensive Storage Systems) and concentrate on growing and building their business – boosting productivity and customer service. It’s a win win for everyone.”

For more information please read the full case study: http://info.nexenta.com/rs/nexenta/images/Stadtwerke_Tuttlingen_Case_Study.pdf

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About Nexenta

Nexenta is the global leader in Software-Defined Storage, delivering easy-to-use, secure and ultra-low cost storage software solutions. Nexenta solutions are hardware-, protocol-, and app-agnostic, providing innovation freedom and speed for organizations to realize "true" benefits of Software-Defined Infrastructure-centric Cloud Computing. Nexenta enables workloads from rich media-driven Social Living to Mobility; from the Internet of Things to Big Data; from OpenStack and CloudStack to Do-It-Yourself Cloud deployments. Founded around an "open source” platform and industry-disruptive vision, Nexenta delivers its award- and patent-winning software-only unified storage management solutions with a global partner network. For more information visit www.nexenta.com, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube. Also, download the newly published Nexenta Special Edition Software Defined Data Centers (SDDC) for Dummies eBook.

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