Kaminario K2 vs. NetApp All Flash FAS

Kaminario K2 is ranked 14th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 9 reviews vs NetApp All Flash FAS which is ranked 2nd in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 94 reviews. The top reviewer of Kaminario K2 writes "It is extremely simple, performant, and scalable due to adaptive block size and scale out". The top reviewer of NetApp All Flash FAS writes "Integrates seamlessly with what we're used to for FAS while getting the raw performance of flash". Kaminario K2 is most compared with Pure Storage FlashArray, Dell EMC XtremIO Flash and Nimble Storage. NetApp All Flash FAS is most compared with Pure Storage FlashArray, HPE 3PAR Flash Storage and Dell EMC Unity. See our Kaminario K2 vs. NetApp All Flash FAS report.
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Inline compressionScale out is a differentiator for them, especially in the enterprise market. It's key for a lot of customers.The increased performance is many times above our previous array performance in all metrics. Integration with vSphere features is also a definite plus.The speed and, for us in particular in what we're doing, the data de-duplication.Logic/software managementBuilt-in snapshot support gives us SAN-side functionality most other platforms would have had us license separately.Data reduction and snapshot abilities: Smaller footprint in the datacenter (lower cost for power, cooling, etc.).It provides a full feature set without separate licensing (deduplication, compression, snapshot, asynchronous replication, stable performance, etc.).

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This solution makes everything a lot faster. The time to move data around, boot and migrate VMs is much faster.When we move to all-flash, our response times were reduced to microseconds.It has improved performance for our enterprise applications, data analytics, and VMs. These improvements are a result of all-flash, throughput, reliability, compression, etc.There are many reports accessing the applications. We receive them very quickly. We used to wait a long time for them. Now, you just need to wait a moment.If you need a replacement part, they will provide it.My favorite part is all-flash solid drives. All of my applications are running on an all-flash array. Before, we used to get too many severity tickets on performance, but as soon as we migrated everything to an all-flash array, our critical applications are at top performance.NetApp AFF is based on Unix, which makes it secure.The file-based protocol supports NFS and CIFS.

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Improved scale and budget planning with flexibility of the solution for budget needs and efficiency for growth with the great optimization ratio due to the nature of our use.I would love to see capacity on its DRAM. I know it's not cost effective for them to do it, but I think that it could be a big differentiator and was a big differentiator from the beginning.The interface look and feel could be improved.The front panel of the drive shelf doesn't always seat firmly.A single pane of glass to monitor/manage multiple arrays would be helpful.I would like them to improve the look of the product’s external casing and shelves.The management graphical interface needs more improvement.

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I need faster Fibre Channel over Ethernet. They top out at 10GBs today and I would like that to go to 40 or 100.One of the features that I am looking for, which is already in the works, is to be able to take my code and automatically move it to the cloud.We would like to have more behavioral reporting.To be more competitive in the industry, they can develop deduplication, compression, and smarter features in the same array instead of all-flash.There are some bugs with the solution which need to be fixed.Technical support is a little lackluster. Some of the issues that we've had were opening up tickets. They seem to be routed in the wrong direction or it takes one or two days to get a call back for simple tasks.Going forward, I would like improvement in the response latencies, capacity size, cache, and controller size.On the roadmap, NetApp is improving the solution's storage efficiency, compression algorithms to achieve more space savings, and the management interfaces. We are looking forward to these feature additions in the next release.

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The Kaminario setup is simple and there are no hidden licensing fees so this area is a relief.The licensing is all-inclusive.The "extra" costs associated with features and options that are available off the shelf with Kaminario, make their value proposition extremely competitive.Licensing is very straightforward. The cost was considerably lower than other products we looked at.I would like them to come down in price. It is as expensive as EMC, Hitachi, and other major vendors.All features are provided in the licensing. The cost of Kaminario was less than the cost of a hybrid array.

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Our TCO has increased by 15 to 18 percent.Using NetApp, our total cost of ownership decreased by 17%.Our TCO decreased significantly because we were paying maintenance on nine different arrays throughout the country. We've condensed those down to three arrays, and our maintenance fees from the IBM product dropped by over a half million dollars a year, saving us $500,000 USD.The total cost, the pricing of it, has gone up quite a bit.Disk level encryption is already in the solution, but it is very costly. Its pricing should come down.From an application standpoint, we have seen a lot of return investment on the speeds and responsiveness of the actual storage.Our total cost of ownership (TCO) has decreased by 40 percent.I am able to store two times more data than what I'm purchasing, which affects the way funds are being utilized.

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Kaminario K2 is the world’s only storage solution that delivers the predictability needed to handle the highly unpredictable world of modern businesses. This highly flexible all flash storage platform allows customers to cost-effectively scale capacity and performance to support their ever-changing business –seamlessly, on-demand and with no disruptions.

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NetApp AFF8000 All Flash FAS systems combine all-flash performance with unified data management from flash to disk to cloud.  Leverage the Data Fabric to move data securely across your choice of clouds—enabled by Cloud ONTAP™ and NetApp Private Storage for Cloud. Plus, you get the industry’s most efficient and comprehensive integrated data protection suite, on premises or in the cloud.

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