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Matt Walty
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... 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... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

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... 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... more»
Boaz Refaeli
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... more»

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... more»

What needs improvement?

The change resolved many coding issues that we had which required a long development process to resolve performance... 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 other solutions did I evaluate??

We used to be an EMC end-to-end solution utilizing VNXs and VMAX. The solutions were very expensive, hard to maintain... 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... more»
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Informat8121
Real User
Network Administrator at a software R&D 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... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

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... 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.... more»
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 other solutions did I evaluate??

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»
itmanage64e2
Real User
IT Manager at a software R&D company with 51-200 employees
Jun 19 2017

What do you think of Kaminario K2?

Valuable Features: 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. • Use of 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. • Stability Issues: It has been absolutely and consistently stable. I don't believe we've had any down time since installing it. • Scalability Issues: It will meet our needs going forward. We haven't scaled past a single unit yet, but based off of...
Rob Richardson
Real User
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... 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... 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... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

Yes, our legacy storage array was a traditional (hard drive) array that needed to be replaced due to age and lack of... 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... more»
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 other solutions did I evaluate??

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 other solutions did I evaluate??

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.
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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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