April 17, 2013
NEWTON, Mass., April 17 — Kaminario, the leader in scale-out Flash storage, today announced the release of its fourth-generation K2 all-Flash storage array. The K2 v4 delivers unparalleled performance consistency and resiliency to midrange enterprises in a much smaller, denser, greener and lower-priced configuration. Built to meet the growing demand for Solid State (SSD) Flash storage, the K2 v4 is based on the proven SPEAR Scale-out Architecture, the only Flash storage architecture that can deliver consistent and predictable performance for general purpose, mixed workload environments with enterprise-class resiliency and data protection.
Today’s legacy storage architectures are 20 years old. Outdated spinning disk architectures can’t handle today’s 100 percent storage growth per year without driving up costs significantly. Enterprises are especially challenged as business-critical application workloads are expected to grow 70 percent over the next four years. Current scale-up and stack-up SSD architectures compromise latency, bandwidth and consistency in performance for capacity. Only the K2 v4 can linearly grow capacity without degrading the performance of bandwidth, latency or IOPS and, at the same time, provide the resiliency required by enterprises.
Kaminario K2 v4 specific enhancements include:
Kenshoo, a leader in providing digital marketing solutions for search marketing, social media and online advertising, reported consistently outstanding results with the new Kaminario K2 that no other SSD storage solution could give them. “Kaminario has taken the performance of our premium digital marketing services to the next level,” said Israel David, senior vice president, technology, Kenshoo.
Noting the K2’s unique scale-out architectural approach, industry leaders such as George Herman, president of Distributed Systems Solutions Inc., expressed the kind of enthusiasm usually reserved for high-profile tech releases such as smartphones or processors. Herman praised Kaminario for being able to make and guarantee the kind of storage his company needs for on-demand analytics applications that require consistent throughput with large-scale data computations.
“Six gigabytes-per-second consistent throughput is incredible,” Herman said. “And Kaminario is doing it with higher storage density, in a smaller footprint, at a lower price. No one else is doing that. And I’ve never seen such a robust performance service level agreement from any legacy storage. The K2 is a real architectural revolution.”
“The enterprise market organizations seeking to invest in all-Flash solid-state storage arrays are demanding performance, scalability and reliability,” said Dan Iacono, research director, Storage Systems, IDC. “Kaminario, with its next generation of K2, promises to deliver a scalable high-performance platform that is affordable for midrange to high-end environments.”
“Kaminario has leveraged its predominance in SSD scale-out architectures to deliver a greater performance and higher density platform that still meets customers’ needs for a smaller, more cost-effective and energy-efficient footprint,” said James Bagley, senior analyst, Storage Strategies NOW. “Kaminario also offers a number of ease-of-use capabilities with automated data loading and balancing, self-healing high availability and nondisruptive updates. It just plugs in and runs.”
“Kaminario has done a good job of taking the high cost out of SSD storage with their new K2 all-Flash array,” said George Crump, president and founder, Storage Switzerland. “They are also the only vendor we know of who can maintain high performance in a degraded mode, such as during an SSD failure. Kaminario is well-positioned to deliver enterprise-class high availability and resiliency in a scalable, cost-effective midrange to high-end product.”
“Today’s virtualized and distributed workloads can strain the storage system,” said Dan Kusnetzky, founder of Kusnetzky Group LLC and noted industry analyst and author. “Flash-based storage, such as Kaminario’s K2, has been meeting the challenge of resiliency, I/O performance, latency and throughput these workloads impose. Kaminario’s K2 family of storage systems has been addressing customer requirements for quite some time and has pushed the boundaries of scalability and performance with each new generation of products. The Kaminario K2 v4 offers another step forward and increases Kaminario’s capability to support high levels of scalability and performance in mixed workloads while keeping the budget in mind.”
“We are thrilled to announce the new K2, the industry’s only all-Flash storage that already provides customers with high-speed performance without compromising latency or bandwidth,” said Dani Golan, CEO, Kaminario. “The unparalleled performance, density and plug-and-play ease of use our customers have experienced with the K2 has significantly lowered their overall TCO.”
Founded by storage experts from EMC, NetApp and IBM, Kaminario is leading the revolution in Flash storage by creating a fundamentally new and better way to store and retrieve performance-sensitive data. The Kaminario K2 is the first enterprise-grade general purpose Flash storage with a true scale-out architecture built from the ground up to take advantage of the most modern Flash SSD capabilities.
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