Founded in 2005 by Alex Aizman and Dmitry Yusupov, Nexenta Systems, Inc. is a multinational producer of software-defined storage solutions for data storage and backup, head-quartered in Santa Clara, California.

Much of Nexenta’s business comes from partners that provide hardware and services alongside Nexenta software. The company’s software is pre-installed on storage systems from companies such as Cisco and Dell.

When Oracle discontinued OpenSolaris in 2010, the company became a founding member of the illumos open source project that would replace it. Nexenta is one of several companies participating in the illumos andOpenZFS communities, including Delphix, Joyent, OmniTI.

Appointments made: CEO