Nexenta Systems, Inc. is a company that markets computer software for data storage and backup, headquartered in Santa Clara, California. Nexenta develops the products NexentaStor, NexentaConnect, and NexentaEdge. In 2005, Nexenta was founded by Alex Aizman and Dmitry Yusupov, software developers and former executives at network vendor Silverback (later acquired by Brocade). Aizman and Yusupov previously worked together as the authors of the open source iSCSI initiator software in the Linux kernel. The company was created to support the open source Nexenta OS project after Sun Microsystems released the bulk of its Solaris operating system under free software licenses as OpenSolaris. Nexenta OS was an operating system that integrated Suns Solaris kernel and core technologies with applications from the popular Debian and Ubuntu operating systems.