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NexentaConnect is a complete suite of software solutions to combine software-defined storage with cloud, enterprise, and desktop deployments. Providing acceleration, automation and analytics that can only be delivered when storage is integrated with the entire solution stack.

There are different type of Connect, and recently has been announced a specific version of VSAN: NexentaConnect complements VMware Virtual SAN simplified operating and storage consumption models by providing several new features:

  • Adding file services (SMB, NFS) on top of Virtual SAN
  • Provide similar ease of management capabilities
  • Leveraging Storage Policy Based Management (SPBM) and underlying storage technologies


NexentaConnect is used for storing files while VSAN is for virtual machine storage, so it’s like a NAS gateway for the VSAN platform. Combining VSAN with NexentaConnect you can have a unified storage for serveral usage.

Also it offers vSphere Administrators flexibility and benefits such as:

  • Abstracted pool of files services
  • High performance NFS and SMB network shares
  • Live monitoring capabilities
  • Disaster Recovery planning capabilities

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Virtualization, Cloud and Storage Architect. Tech Field delegate. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. VMware VMTN Moderator and vExpert 2010-24. Dell TechCenter Rockstar 2014-15. Microsoft MVP 2014-16. Veeam Vanguard 2015-23. Nutanix NTC 2014-20. Several certifications including: VCDX-DCV, VCP-DCV/DT/Cloud, VCAP-DCA/DCD/CIA/CID/DTA/DTD, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, CCA, NPP.