Kaminario Updates DRAM Storage Appliances

By Stuart J. Johnston

Solid-state drive (SSD) appliance maker Kaminario announced it is shipping two new configurations of its K2 DRAM-based storage appliances -- one for high-end performance demands as well as an entry level package that starts at $50,000.

The new low-cost K2 appliance features 500 GB of DRAM storage, with 150K input/outputs per second (IOPS), and throughput of 1.6 GB per second.

On the high-end, Kaminario is also shipping a new K2 appliance that scales out to 12 TB of storage, 1.5 million IOPS, with 16 GB per second throughput, Gareth Taube, Kaminario's vice president of marketing, told InternetNews.com.

"Many applications are affected by storage," he said, pointing to current applications of Kaminario's SSD technology in fields as diverse as financial services, telecommunications, Web analytics, business intelligence, and enterprise resources planning.

Kaminario formed in 2008 and began shipping its first K2 appliances last summer. The design uses high-speed DRAM as the main storage media, with hard disk drives for backup.

The appliances run on their own proprietary operating system that the company calls Scale-out Performance Architecture, or SPEAR, that, among other functions, provides automated data distribution, intelligent input/output processing, and self-healing data availability.

The company holds more than 30 patents, Taube added.

For connectivity the K2 appliances rely on fibre channel switches, and use redundant uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) to help protect data access.

"Enterprise-grade, high-availability features are now available at an SMB price," Kaminario said in a statement regarding the new $50,000 appliance, which is designed for SMBs and small departmental organizations.

Prior to the two new K2 options, the low-end product came with a minimum of 2 TB of SSD storage while the high-end offering maxed out at 8 TB, Taube said.

The company said its appliances use "off-the-shelf" blade servers and DRAM, and claims they can improve application performance between 2 and 25-times.

Meanwhile, the new 12 TB high-end appliance starts at $1.5 million, and it is designed to meet high-volume database and on-line transaction processing tasks.

Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @stuartj1000.

This article was originally published on March 30, 2011