Kaminario Brings Enterprise-Class Software, Scale-Up To Flash Storage Arrays


Kaminario K2


All-flash storage array maker Kaminario Tuesday gave its flash arrays an enterprise edge with a new suite of software that brings such capabilities as snapshot-based replication, flexible deduplication, and both scale-up and scale-out architectures.

Kaminario's new K2 v5 all-flash primary storage array is targeted at bringing enterprise-class scalability and storage efficiency to customers, said Dani Golan, founder and CEO of the Newton, Mass.-based vendor.

The new software and scale-up capabilities combine to bring the cost of flash storage to $2 per GB, even less than disk-based storage, Golan told CRN.

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"This is the most important announcement we made ever, with the technological achievements we crammed into this new version," he said.

Kaminario is the second flash storage array vendor this month to unveil enterprise-level software capabilities to flash storage, following last week's introduction of Pure Storage's new FlashArray.

The K2 v5 flash array is a big leap in capabilities for Kaminario, said Stewart Sonneland, principal at Strategic Hardware, a Spokane, Wash.-based solution provider and Kaminario channel partner.

"The software begins to differentiate Kaminario from many of the flash storage solutions on the market," Sonneland told CRN. "For many vendors, flash storage is bolted on to hard disk storage. But when flash storage is designed from the ground up, it makes a dramatic difference in performance."

The earlier K2 models offered a scale-out architecture, which means that both capacity and performance increased with the addition of new nodes, each of which has its own processors and flash storage capacity, said Golan.

The Kaminario K2 v5 now also includes scale-up architecture, in which an individual node's flash storage capacity can be increased with the addition of extra SSDs. It lets customers come in at an entry point of 7 TB to 90 TB in 4U of rack space, and grow seamlessly to 180 TB in 6U, 360 TB in 14U and 720 TB in 26U, he said.

"As the K2 scales out by adding more K-Block nodes, the data volumes are automatically redistributed across all the K-Blocks," he said. "The same is true with scale-up, which automatically distributes volumes across the increased capacity. So customers can both scale up for more capacity and a lower cost-per-GB, and scale out to increase performance and lower latency."

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