Published: March 24th, 2016

Nexsan may not be a household name, but that doesn’t mean the storage vendor is unfamiliar with the Canadian market.

The company currently has an engineering office in Montreal, around 100 partners and 300 customers in Canada, and is looking to grow.

It’s doing so by expanding its partner program to include new unified hybrid storage and cloud file sync solutions, and new tier structures.

The biggest piece here is Transporter, the file sync solution that Nexsan’s parent company Imation acquired in October.

The offering, originally developed by a company called Connected Data, is a private cloud device that can link NAS systems to allow for mobile and Dropbox-style file sharing without the need to go over a public cloud.

While the solution has technically been available to Nexsan partners since the acquisition, this marks the product’s official release to the channel, with its addition to the price list, training programs and marketing resources.

The company is also taking the opportunity to revisit its tiers and enablement resources including its LeadGuard program, and is reintroducing a product line known as “Beast”. The latter is a 4U, 60-bay SAN with NL-SATA drives and features a top loader rather than active drawers, aimed at backup and recovery, and archiving use cases with up to 1.44 PB in a 12U rack.

Going forward, the company is looking to integrate its Transporter solution, currently sold as a standalone appliance, with its main unified hybrid storage offering called NST. This integration work would be done by company’s engineering team in Montreal.

The company has promised announcements within the next two months.