Storage company Exablox has completed its beta program for its OneBlox storage solution on the free IT management platform Spiceworks. The news comes just a few months after the launch of OneBlox in April and has provided the opportunity for additional testing and refinement of the solution, Exablox said.

Exablox created the solution as an object-based storage appliance with a multi-tenant cloud-based management system called OneSystem. The combination eliminates the need for dedicated servers to manage storage.

Exablox Senior Director of Products Sean Derrington told Talkin' Cloud that Exablox's differentiation comes in the way it treats hardware. 

"We're viewing the scale-out approach as treating hardware as a commodity," he said. "This is one of the reasons why we allow customers to use whatever three and half drives they'd like to use."

As part of the Spiceworks SpicePanel engagement, Exablox tested its product with hand-picked IT professionals that fit vendors’ desired profiles.

"Spiceworks is an ideal launching pad for innovative technology companies like Exablox who are looking for a real-time environment to test their latest products and services," said Spiceworks co-founder and Vice President of Marketing Jay Hallberg in a prepared statement.

"We're trying to take a simple approach to solving customer storage challenges, while providing powerful and protective solutions," Derrington said.

Exablox said its beta customers now have more than a half petabyte of storage deployed on OneBlox.

Exablox was founded in 2010 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. Partner programs can be found on the company's website.