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Anonymous User
Real User
IT Manager at a software R&D company with 51-200 employees
Jun 19 2017

What do you think of Kaminario K2?

What is most valuable?: The speed is the most valuable feature; the speed and, for us in particular in what we're doing, the data de-duplication. We're using this for our continuous-build system. We just have a lot of the same systems that have the same information on them; while they get built, de-dup's huge. • For how long have I used the solution?: We trialed POCs starting in November of last year (2015). We purchased in January of this year. We've been going now for nine months in production, and three months prior to that as a trial of the hardware. • What do I think about the stability of the solution?: It has been absolutely and consistently stable. I don't believe we've had any down time since installing it. • What do I think about the scalability of the...
GhostWorks
Real User
Security Big Data Analysis Team at a government with 1-10 employees
Jan 25 2017

What do you think of Kaminario K2?

How has it helped my organization?: The functionality is very good. • What is most valuable?: It provides a full feature set without separate licensing (deduplication, compression, snapshot, asynchronous replication, stable performance, etc.). • What needs improvement?: I would like them to come down in price. It is as expensive as EMC, Hitachi, and other major vendors. I would like them to improve the look of the product’s external casing and shelves. • What do I think about the stability of the solution?: There were no stability issues. • What do I think about the scalability of the solution?: There were no scalability issues. • How is customer service and technical support?: I would rate technical support with an 8 out of 10. • How was the initial...
Ron Hedges
Real User
Director Of Information Technology at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 24 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable aspect is the use of solid-state storage drives instead of spinning drives. As solid-state drives'... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Provisioning large numbers of virtual desktops has sped up considerably. This helps to push out necessary updates on... more»

What needs improvement?

The management graphical interface needs more improvement.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

All features are provided in the licensing. The cost of Kaminario was less than the cost of a hybrid array.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We previously were using EMC CLARiiON and Dell Compellent. We switched to take advantage of all solid-state technology.

What other advice do I have?

Compare the hardware technology of competing solutions and features against the all flash Kaminario with the cost.
GeneThomas
Real User
Vice President / Chief Information Officer at a healthcare company
Mar 08 2017

What is most valuable?

* Solid-state storage drives * Price per gigabyte * Logic/software management

How has it helped my organization?

* Ability to deploy large numbers of virtual desktops * Enables quick updates to virtual desktops We thought we could... more»

What needs improvement?

The interface look and feel could be improved.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The licensing is all-inclusive.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We used both EMC Clarion and Dell Compellent. We wanted a solid-state solution, better software management... more»

What other advice do I have?

Spend time with the engineering staff to understand current and future offerings. I was impressed.
Anonymous User
Real User
System Administrator at a Consumer Goods
Feb 14 2017

What is most valuable?

* Data reduction and snapshot abilities: Smaller footprint in the datacenter (lower cost for power, cooling, etc.).

How has it helped my organization?

Using snapshots allows us to automate production database refreshes to development environments in minutes, rather than... more»

What needs improvement?

A single pane of glass to monitor/manage multiple arrays would be helpful. Having a single management console to... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Licensing is very straightforward. The cost was considerably lower than other products we looked at.

Which solutions did we use previously?

Past solutions consisted of spinning disks without deduplication and compression. Database refreshes took much longer... more»

What other advice do I have?

This is a great product that is continually improving.
IT-3922
Real User
IT and Facilities Lead at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 26 2017

What is most valuable?

Standard-based monitoring means we aren't locked in to using platform-specific or proprietary tooling to track and... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We no longer have to consider the performance penalties associated with different application profiles in our cloud... more»

What needs improvement?

The front panel of the drive shelf doesn't always seat firmly. Aside from that, we haven't found any shortcomings in... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Consider the total investment in each suite being considered. The "extra" costs associated with features and options... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

I didn't use a different solution in this installation, but did previous deployments with NetApp, EMC, EquaLogic and... more»

What other advice do I have?

Make use of the team Kaminario provides in the sales and post-sales processes. They're an invaluable resource in... more»

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