Kaminario is a company with an interesting enterprise-class all-flash array (AFA) storage solution, that deliver unparalleled cost efficiency, with an really interesting price per GB. The company is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, with offices in Yoqneam, Israel, Silicon Valley and New York City, and backed by Sequoia, Pitango, Globespan, Tenaya, Silicon Valley Bank and others.
Now they are announcing the K2 v5.5 (generally available in Q3 2015) all-flash primary storage array that cuts the cost from $2/GB, from v5 introduced in May 2014, to less than $1/GB! With this price AFA storage could be for almost everybody.
But it’s not only a cost aspect: they product have interesting technologies.
First they introduces deployment of 3D TLC drives, building on the company’s earlier K2 and offering an even more cost-effective and scalable all-flash array to enterprises. Other companies are following this way (see for example Dell).
“Flash is being adopted rapidly in the data centre, and enterprises need all-flash systems that will keep costs down and simplify day-to-day operations, as well as deliver flash performance,” said Tim Stammers, senior analyst at 451 Research. “Kaminario’s new option for 3D TLC flash, native array-based replication and its promised average price of less than $1/GB usable creates an advanced, scalable storage system at a very competitive price.”
Another interesting aspect (present also in the previous version) is the scalability, where both the scale-up and scale-out models are implemented to have a fully scalability:
About the features, the new release add a native array-based asynchronous replication, based on K2’s native snapshot capabilities, giving users instant benefits at both primary and disaster recovery (DR) sites. K2’s comprehensive DR scheme includes application-aware support, VMware Site Recovery Manager integration, a sub-minute recovery point objective (RPO) and sub-second recovery time objective (RTO). K2’s integrated, simple-to-manage and cost-efficient replication comes at no extra charge, allowing customers to replicate data anywhere in the world across different K2 configurations, as well as benefit from easy DR testing and lossless failback without any impact on performance. With all-inclusive native replication at no extra cost and a new disruptive price, Kaminario is the first vendor to enable customers to implement all-flash data centres at both production and DR sites.
About the licensing there is not only the “all features included” approach, but also the Perpetual Array™.
With this approach the days of forklift storage upgrades and painful, expensive data migrations with the addition of a new platform are numbered. Kaminario’s Perpetual Array™ program allows users to take control of their storage future by offering support for any and all hardware added. Named to reflect the always-on nature of Kaminario’s arrays, this program allows customers to mix and match different generations of technologies within the same K2 system.
And all new K2 features will also be made available for Kaminario customers via a non-disruptive upgrade.