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Real User
Director of Engineering at Telefonica
Feb 28 2018

What is most valuable?

* Inline deduplication * Inline compression * Scale in and out * Easy operation * Extremity low latency * Stability I can sleep at night.

How has it helped my organization?

We used to be work with EMC solutions VNX and VMAX, which were very costly, hard to maintain, and no matter how many upgrades we did every year, it was always a bottleneck… more »

What needs improvement?

The change resolved many coding issues that we had which required a long development process to resolve performance which become not critical - clearing time for new… more »

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

The Kaminario setup is simple and there are no hidden licensing fees so this area is a relief.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used to be an EMC end-to-end solution utilizing VNXs and VMAX. The solutions were very expensive, hard to maintain (not flexible), and the bottom line is that it didn't… more »

What other advice do I have?

I started with Kaminario searching for one solution for all our services from the perspective of looking forward to the best of bread, which will support our huge planned… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, i have evaluated and tested both XtremIO and 3Par. Other solutions were examined, but not tested (Pure, Nimble, IBM, and Hitachi). 3Par is technologically behind… more »
Real User
Senior Account Executive at Nordisk systems
Sep 13 2017

What is most valuable?

* Scale out: Scale out is a differentiator for them, especially in the enterprise market. It's key for a lot of customers. * There's no forced forklift upgrades. The customer that has a first generation of the product or later of the product knows that they will all work together harmoniously. * The… more »

What needs improvement?

They might not like me saying this, but 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. It might make the reseller's jobs easier. Not having to wait for… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We do sell multiple products. But when Kaminario was brought to our attention, it became the core focus for most of our customers. There are some mid-market SMB customers that it may not fit the best for from a pricing perspective, but for the vast majority of our customers, once we aware of it and… more »

What other advice do I have?

I think that the latest government reports are pretty telling. If you look at the latest government reports on how they're ranked in all the different categories, they pretty much blow them all away. The only things that they didn't blow away are the things I just talked about in the previous… more »
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Vendor
IT Manager,DBA at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees
Jun 29 2017

What is most valuable?

The primary benefit is they actually guarantee performance and capacity. I don’t know of any other firm that backs this up with a commitment to add hardware until the… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Image backups of our production servers that used to take hours now take minutes. This has greatly increased performance of our database and business systems, and… more »

What needs improvement?

They are continuing to improve the product and support new features in virtualization, including Vmware.

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

As with any hardware purchase, be clear with the vendors on what your expectations are and get their commitments in writing. There were other vendors that were not as… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Yes, our legacy storage array was a traditional (hard drive) array that needed to be replaced due to age and lack of technological advancement by the vendor over the… more »

What other advice do I have?

Be sure to make a real cost comparison based on performance and ability; don’t just buy from someone because they’re the biggest company.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

EMC, Compellent
Vendor
IT Manager at a computer software company with 51-200 employees
Jun 19 2017

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.

What other advice do I have?

If you’re looking for an all-flash-based solution, I would absolutely recommend a Kaminario K2 system.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We absolutely were considering other solutions at the time. We trialed a couple different options from EMC and NetApp.
Vendor
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 only afford a hybrid solutions. Kaminario allowed us… 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 solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used both EMC Clarion and Dell Compellent. We wanted a solid-state solution, better software management capabilities, and to future-proof costs.

What other advice do I have?

Spend time with the engineering staff to understand current and future offerings. I was impressed.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated 3PAR, Nimble, Cisco, Dell Compellent, Pure Storage and EMC.
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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 monitor our device performance. Built-in snapshot… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We no longer have to consider the performance penalties associated with different application profiles in our cloud stack. Having a high-performance SAN core gives us… 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 their platform to date.

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 that are available off the shelf with Kaminario, make… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I didn't use a different solution in this installation, but did previous deployments with NetApp, EMC, EquaLogic and the Dell MD family. Kaminario presents a more… 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 streamlining a deployment.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

In this case, we did not actively evaluate anything else. We had a very limited window in which to execute our implementation and the Kaminario team made that happen.
Real User
System Administrator at a consumer goods company
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 in hours.

What needs improvement?

A single pane of glass to monitor/manage multiple arrays would be helpful. Having a single management console to monitor / manage multiple K2 arrays would make Kaminario… 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 solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Past solutions consisted of spinning disks without deduplication and compression. Database refreshes took much longer and required multiple clones.

What other advice do I have?

This is a great product that is continually improving.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Pure Storage and Dell EMC XtremIO.
Real User
Security Big Data Analysis Team at a government with 1-10 employees
Jan 25 2017

What do you think of Kaminario K2 [EOL]?

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 setup?

The software part of…
Vendor
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' price per gigabyte narrows with spinning drives, it… 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 our virtual desktops. Turning on desktop refresh after… 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 solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated 3PAR, Compellent, Nimble, Pure Storage and Dell EMC.
Vendor
Network Administrator at a computer software company with 501-1,000 employees
Oct 21 2016

What is most valuable?

Latency is definitely the big key for us. Obviously all flash with the IOPS was also important, but I think latency was the bigger key to give us the performance that we wanted.

What needs improvement?

In terms of what we're looking for, I don’t see anything critical at the moment. Some of the nice to haves for us, in terms of today, would be VVols but again, it’s not a critical feature. We can continue to use what we use now. I'd give it a perfect rating if I could push it to 300,000 IOPS like… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Part of the reason my company started using it was that we had an older SAN that was going end of life, so we had to research and buy a new SAN to replace the SAN that was going end of life. The current marketplace was kind of in between hybrids and all flash, so we decided to go all flash… more »

What other advice do I have?

When we start working with a vendor like Kaminario, we look for longevity. We look for a company that has a good report. We look for compatibility with the software that we use. Those are big keys for us. I think this product hits all the big features of all the SANs that are out there, all the… more »
Vendor
Senior DevOps Engineer at a computer software company with 501-1,000 employees
Sep 13 2016

How has it helped my organization?

The biggest thing for us, second to the performance, is that we were looking for a solution that offers block-level deduplication. Right now, the capacity that we're saving by using Kaminario's K2 is giving us a four-to-one ratio for our deduplication. We're using it specifically and exclusively for… more »

What needs improvement?

I would like to see LDAP for the management panel; I've been notified they might be currently working on it. That is probably the biggest feature that we wanted; otherwise, everything has been just a champion with it, we've been really happy with it.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

The main reason we started using it was our continuous integration environment. We had a product before that was 15,000 RPM SAS spinning discs; build times were at about two hours. Our holdup was disk I/O, so we did a PoC with Kaminario and we reduced build times down to fifteen minutes for a full… more »

What other advice do I have?

When I decide to work with a vendor like Kaminario, I look for, honestly, cost effectiveness. I like the most bang for our buck. I definitely look at performance metrics. I'm not so much interested in whether they're a big power player like EMC or Dell or anything like that. To me, the truth is in… more »
Consultant
System Engineer - R&D at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 13 2016

What do you think of Kaminario K2 [EOL]?

Valuable Features

It has a very good duplication rate; very, very good. The ratio between the physical storage and the storage we use is very high. Good performance.

Room for Improvement

I think it should have better performance with small files. With big data, its performance is top notch, but it is difficult to load small files.

Stability Issues

We had problems before. It crashed a couple of times, but we had good support from Kaminario. They gave us another storage app and we could replicate between the two, so if the crashes continued, we had another app. They fixed the crashing problem and since then, it's been okay.

Scalability Issues

I think it is scalable. You can buy another shelf any time you need one.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Technical support is…
Vendor
IT Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Sep 13 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is definitely the always-on data deduplication.

What needs improvement?

On the road map, I'm hoping to see Active Directory integration. Right now, you still have to use a local admin account to log in and manage everything. That's really the only downfall as of the moment. I'd like to be able to have all of my Active Directory users support this infrastructure and be… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We needed to get off our old VNX, so we did a test pilot against Kaminario, Pure Storage, and Nimble Storage. We got a device and racked them all together in the data center and for 90 days, we shifted application workloads from each array and did performance benchmark testing. Kaminario won… more »

What other advice do I have?

I definitely recommend giving it a shot. Kaminario will let you try it for free. They'll let you run your production workload on it. They pretty much hold your hand the whole way. There's nothing really bad that could happen that I could see. The dashboard's too easy. The engineering team is too… more »
Vendor
IT Manager Of Infrastructure Services at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 13 2016

What is most valuable?

For us, the valuable feature has really been the speed. We moved from a Fusion IO card right on the PCI bus. We moved a 2 TB one over, and we didn't lose any speed, no degradation; everything just ran great. That's been one of our biggest features. Ease of use: My installers - my administrators over the system - they love how easy and fast it is to install and spin up a LUN and get going.

What needs improvement?

As of right now, I haven't done a whole lot of work on it. I would like to see them work with Cisco, so it comes off the FIs, instead of having to go through my 10-gig network. One extra hop is not a big deal, but it’d be a little bit faster if we can get it right to the back point of my FIs. I think that's the biggest feature I would like to see come down the line.

What other advice do I have?

Go with it. I tell people all the time they need to take a serious look at it. If they're looking for speed, reliability, and the deduplication that they'll be getting out of it, this is definitely a great product to look at. My rating mainly reflects that I'm not using its full potential. I want to see what it can do. But it's up there. It's a really good product.
Consultant
Senior Systems Engineer in the Storage & Systems Practice at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
May 30 2016

What is most valuable?

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.

How has it helped my organization?

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

What needs 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… more »

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

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

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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

What other advice do I have?

As with any all flash array, deduplication and compression rates are important factors in calculating usable capacity. A dedupe assessment will help a lot.
Consultant
Virtualization Consultant at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 02 2015

What do you think of Kaminario K2 [EOL]?

Originally posted at https://www.vdicloud.nl/2015/09/09/kaminario-7-months-after-storage-field-day-7/  All Flash Arrays (AFA) are hot for a couple of years now, and for a good reason! During Storage Field Day 1 we had 3 AFA vendors presenting with Kaminario, NimbusData and PureStorage. Although they have a different go-to-market strategies, as well as a different technology strategies, all three are still standing (allthough 1 of them seems to be struggling…) At Storage Field Day 7 we had the privilege to get another Kaminario presentation and in this post I would like to take some time to see what Kaminario offers, and what new features they presented the last couple of months. The K2 All-Flash Array There are couple of features provided by Kaminario that I find…
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Real User
Storage Administrator at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Dec 31 2014

What do you think of Kaminario K2 [EOL]?

What is most valuable?

Performance.

How has it helped my organization?

Improved performance by more than 50x on our application.

What needs improvement?

Replication and de-duplication could be better.

For how long have I used the solution?

1.5 yrs.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues with deployment.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

One time, there was a node failure and host lost connectivity.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Yes, need to halt the system in order to scale it out (but I guess in the later version, they can scale on the fly - not sure).

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: Good Customer Service. Technical Support: Good Technical Support. …

What is Kaminario K2 [EOL]?

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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Kaminario K2 [EOL] customers

Wargaming.net, El Rio Community Health Center, ECN, SpotOption, Ashkelon College, Clearwater Analytics, Intigua, Cobb EMC

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