Room at the top
Kaminario has introduced the world’s fastest SAN storage, the K2. If time is money, this is for you.
Kaminario’s K2 is fast because DRAM, not disk, is the primary storage. DRAM’s low latency, high bandwidth and durability breaks the tight link between capacity and performance that disks and flash impose. No need for excess capacity to ensure enough IOPS, bandwidth or service life.
Kaminario is a software company. However, they configure customer systems and install the software to order. No home-baked integration here.
The basic hardware unit is a Dell blade server. The blade servers are either I/O directors or data nodes. The Dell server chassis is a passive box – no active components on the backplane – but some customers opt for dual chassis for redundancy out of caution.
The I/O directors use 8 gig Fibre Channel to servers and 10Gig/Ethernet to data nodes. The company says they can saturate both due to proprietary software optimizations.
Using FC switches, each I/O director can talk to multiple servers. Each I/O director can handle 150,000 random IOPS.