Kaminario Drives Composable Storage 2.0

Accelerated performance and usage-based storage for business critical applications

A new generation of composable infrastructure that is truly software-only is required to deliver the levels of multi-cloud data mobility, automation, efficiency and flexibility, which are required by modern workloads. These solutions enable the independent transfer of software licenses across underlying hardware, and a true consumption-based or subscription model. In this blog, we will evaluate Kaminario as a next-generation composable storage solution.

About Kaminario

Kaminario got its start in 2008 as a provider of flash storage area network (SAN) arrays. The company remains focused on the all-flash array segment in the market, but in 2018 pivoted away from hardware, in favor of providing a software composable storage platform. Kaminario’s architecture, which it calls its Composable Storage Platform, is comprised of three core software platforms that it sells as a combined bundle:

  • VisionOS, which turns industry-standard hardware into software based resources and services for data control and optimization. VisionOS includes data reduction and protection capabilities including inline, global and selective deduplication, zero detect, data-at-rest encryption, native, array-based snapshots and replication, no single point of failure, and a robust RAID scheme. It offers the flexibility to be managed through a simplified graphical user interface (GUI), scriptable command-line interface (CLI), and third-party tools via a RESTful application programming interface (API).
  • Clarity, management and monitoring software that applies machine learning for more intelligent and predictive insights. For example, it can support better resource optimization, capacity planning, as well as streamlined, faster detection and resolution of hardware and software outages and performance issues.
  • Flex, Kaminario’s storage orchestration platform that provides its capabilities around composability. Flex builds upon VisionOS, by taking the disaggregated resources and allocating them on a policy-driven basis according to application and business needs.

The combination of Kaminario VisionOS and Flex software enables customers to build racks of commodity, off-the-shelf compute and solid-state drives (SSDs), and to then compose those resources into logical storage resources that are tailored to specific requirements. For example, to serve high performance workloads, the configuration can be CPU-heavy to drive controller functionality with a smaller amount of SSDs. More capacity-oriented workloads may require just two controllers but larger amounts of high-capacity flash. These most basic configuration of these storage resources include two active-active storage controllers and storage capacity in the form of SSDs, and Fibre Channel (FC) or iSCSI connectivity. These storage resources can be scaled as needed, adding one or more storage controllers for additional performance, or one or more JBOF shelves for additional capacity. This enables creation of scale-out clusters which complement the ability of each node to scale up with additional flexibility.

Kaminario delivers flexibility in payment and procurement of its Composable Storage Platform. Customers may purchase appliances based on SuperMicro servers, Western Digital and Samsung SSDs, and Mellanox or Broadcom networking, through the vendor’s partnership with distributor TechData. Kaminario’s software can be procured as-a-service, through a subscription model. Customers may purchase a global license based subscription, or they may opt for a monthly subscription that is based on the high watermark of a customers’ usage per month. Kaminario has forthcoming utility-based pricing for hardware and software, and it is working with a number of managed service providers for full “as-a-service” procurement of hardware and software.

StorageSwiss Take

Kaminario’s background and pure focus on accelerating application performance is the company’s leading differentiator as it shifts to composable storage[KS3] . Specifically, its ability to scale out and add performance enable it to achieve performance levels of up to 1.6 million input/output operations per second (IOPS) in a 4 K-Block node, according to Kaminario. These levels of performance, coupled with the increased agility and infrastructure resource utilization, will be draws for Tier One enterprise applications such as online transactional processing (OLTP), and for large enterprises and service providers looking to consolidate multiple workloads for cost efficiency without performance degradation.

Conclusion

IT professionals face a multitude of options in the form of on-premises solutions and cloud services, when it comes to meeting their workload consolidation and application acceleration needs. What makes this decision even more challenging is that the business model, in terms of how the technology is procured, must be evaluated in addition to the technology speeds and feeds themselves. To learn more about the next generation of composable storage and how it might meet these needs, join Storage Switzerland and Kaminario, available on demand, for our 15-minute webinar.

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Senior Analyst, Krista Macomber produces analyst commentary and contributes to a range of client deliverables including white papers, webinars and videos for Storage Switzerland. She has a decade of experience covering all things storage, data center and cloud infrastructure, including: technology and vendor portfolio developments; customer buying behavior trends; and vendor ecosystems, go-to-market positioning, and business models. Her previous experience includes leading the IT infrastructure practice of analyst firm Technology Business Research, and leading market intelligence initiatives for media company TechTarget.

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