All-Flash Array Vendor Kaminario Unveils Huge $75M Funding Round


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All-flash array vendor Kaminario kicked off the 2017 storage funding year with a huge $75 million infusion of financing.

The new round of funding brings total investment in the Needham, Mass.-based storage vendor to $218 million, said Josh Epstein, Kaminario's vice president of global marketing.

Epstein told CRN that the new funding round means big opportunities for the company and its channel partners.

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"This allows us to expand the opportunities to new territories, and to accelerate our technology roadmap to leverage new technologies like NVMe drives," he said.

The flash storage market is highly competitive, with vendors ranging from tiny startups to large established storage vendors like Dell, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and NetApp.

Epstein said Kaminario's differentiatin is in its unique agile architecture. "Our software-defined architecture makes cutting use of industry-standard hardware," he said. "We were the first to introduce arrays using 3D TLC NAND technology, and are already looking at how to bring NVMe technology into the arrays."

A couple of Kaminario channel partners agree the vendor is unique with its architecture.

The fact that Kaminario uses variable block sizes depending on the data, and can run multiple workloads with their own block sizes on the same array, appeals to a wide range of clients, said Carson Synh, vice president of PM2NET, an Irvine, Calif.-based solution provider and Kaminario channel partner.

With Kaminario, customers can serve data warehouse data using 64K or 128K block sizes, media at 256K block size, and on-line transaction processing at 4K block size, Synh told CRN.

"They can run them all on the same array," he said.

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