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Kaminario K2 – Product Analysis

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The Kaminario K2 system comes from a line of solid-state storage systems that started with DRAM and evolved into the current Flash-based storage system. The latest version is the fifth generation of system design with continued feature additions and functionality.

The K2 V5 systems use a pair of 1U x86 servers with 480, 960, or 1,920GB 3D NAND SSDs in device shelves in a node called a K-Block. Designed as an all solid-state system, the Kaminario K2 uses a scale out architecture based on clustering of nodes with the ability to scale up with the addition of device shelves in a node. The K2 V5 model combines the functionality to distribute data, load balance, and perform parallel I/O with the ability to store information and protect data. Advanced features of snapshots and asynchronous periodic replication of snapshots are included in the base system. Inline deduplication and compression increase the effective capacity for the system. The K2 is a high availability system with dual controllers per node (called a K-Block by Kaminario) and a clustered architecture with redundancy of elements and RAID protection across the data.

Competitive storage solutions include the EMC XtremIO, HP 3PAR 8450, PureStorage FlashArray, IBM FlashSystem, and Hitachi G-Series with FMDs. Additional information on these products is available in ESR to authorized subscribers.

Kaminario K2 Product Analysis Includes:

  • Highlights
  • Overview
  • Product architecture with specifications from Solid State Comparison Matrix
  • RAS features
  • Connectivity options
  • Advanced features and functions
  • Evaluator Group commentary

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