Kaminario K2 Review

Straightforward GUI, no issues with performance and it is easy to use.

Improvements to My Organization

The K2 has basically removed storage as a bottleneck in our datacenter. Everything comes off the K2 at sub-millisecond speed.

Valuable Features

Speed and ease of use. The system is very quick to get installed and up and running. The GUI is very straightforward and easy to use. Performance is exceptional.

Room for Improvement

There are a few areas where the system could be improved. Examples would be that the system currently has a 15TB LUN size limit and that snapshots need to be scheduled through script API instead of the GUI. These are items that will be addressed in future firmware releases.

Stability Issues

We've experienced no issues with performance.

Scalability Issues

We haven't needed to scale it yet.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Have not had any components fail yet. Customer service emails me when they have new firmware and they upgrade it for me.

Previous Solutions

We have used several different storage solutions. We like the K2 because of its speed and simplicity.

Initial Setup

Deployment time from the box to LUNs presented to VMware was four hours.

Implementation Team

We are a Kaminario VAR but Kaminario still did the implementation.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

Kaminario is very competitive on price. They also have a pay per TB model.

Other Advice

As with any all flash array, deduplication and compression rates are important factors in calculating usable capacity. A dedupe assessment will help a lot.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We are a reseller for Kaminario as well as several other storage vendors.
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