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SoftLayer® Launches QuantaStor™ Storage Servers

Partners with OS NEXUS to Provide Dedicated Mass Storage Appliance

Dallas—Oct. 17, 2011

SoftLayer® Technologies, the innovation leader in cloud, dedicated, and managed hosting solutions, today announced a partnership with OS Nexus and the launch of QuantaStor™ Storage Servers. The offering provides dedicated mass storage appliances with exceptional cost-effectiveness, control, and scalability. It is ideal for a range of high performance storage solutions (including private cloud storage), eliminating CAPEX requirements that often hinder deployments.

QuantaStor Storage Servers offer the OS NEXUS QuantaStor Storage Appliance OS, the industry’s first virtual storage solution designed for global manageability, on SoftLayer Mass Storage dedicated servers. The SAN (iSCSI) + NAS (NFS) storage system delivers advanced storage features including, thin-provisioning, and remote-replication. These capabilities make it ideally suited for a broad set of applications including VM application deployments, virtual desktops, as well as web and application servers.

“When you need massive storage, having the right amount is just one part of the equation,” said Nathan Day, Chief Scientist for SoftLayer. “The more storage you have, the more you need location independence, global access, and robust tools to manage it. The QuantaStor Storage Server provides the perfect combination of performance economics, scalability and manageability that our customer’s deserve. ”

“Data storage requirements will grow 4400% over 9 years according to IDC, and budgets are tight,” said Steven Umbehocker, CEO and Founder of OS NEXUS. “The use of virtual machine technology has driven down application deployment costs. We are thrilled to partner with SoftLayer, the leader in cloud infrastructure services, to deliver the same economics for storage. ”

Additional features of the solution include:

  • Hard Disk or Solid State Drive support
  • Powerful storage management through an easy interface
  • iSCSI support for 1GbE and 10GbE Client support for Windows XP, 7, 2003 Server, 2008 Server; VMware ESX/ESXi; Windows Hyper-V; Macintosh OS X; XenServer 5.x; and Linux (all major distributions, open-iSCSI, and hardware initiators)
  • NFSv3 and NFSv4 support
  • Thin Provisioning/Over Provisioning to allocate volumes without having to dedicate storage until needed

QuantaStor Mass Storage Servers start priced at $1,039/month for up to 12 drives and $1,139/month for up to 24 drives. Visit to order.


OS NEXUS develops next-generation storage management technologies to meet the needs of cloud computing and virtualised environments. The company's flagship product, QuantaStor, is a storage appliance OS built from the ground up to be easy to use, low cost, and scalable. QuantaStor enables organisations to convert commodity servers and storage into enterprise-grade storage appliances quickly and easily. Beyond the advanced iSCSI and NFS capabilities QuantaStor offers a number of unique features including the ability to easily and quickly build 'public or private storage clouds' enabling administrators to reduce their workload by delegating storage and its management to end users. For further information please visit

SoftLayer, an IBM Company

SoftLayer, an IBM Company, operates a global cloud infrastructure platform built for Internet scale. With 100,000 devices under management, 13 data centers in the United States, Asia, and Europe and a global footprint of network points of presence, SoftLayer provides Infrastructure-as-a-Service to leading-edge customers ranging from Web startups to global enterprises. SoftLayer’s modular architecture provides unparalleled performance and control, with a full-featured API and sophisticated automation controlling a flexible unified platform that seamlessly spans physical and virtual devices, and a worldwide network for secure, low-latency communications. For more information, please visit