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Flash Storage Start-Up Guarantees Performance

Kaminario also automatically detects failures, initiates a self-healing process & manages the dynamic N-cluster reconfiguration

Kaminario, a flash storage start-up backed by $75 million in VC funding, is guaranteeing that overall performance degradation will never exceed 25% should the user experience system failure.

What that means in English is the widgetry will still be able to deliver data at 75% of its usual speed. The industry norm is a speed reduction of 80%. Big difference.

The company says it can make this Performance Consistency Guarantee and customers can keep all of their critical operations and applications up and running with predictable and consistent service level agreements (SLAs) because of its inherent scale-out architecture.

And Kaminario is the only storage house in the business with a distributed scale-out architecture.

It was pretty lonely there for awhile until EMC and NetApp both came out recently and validated the approach even if they don't have corresponding products.

Key patent-in-process features that make Kaminario's Performance Consistency Guarantee possible include no single point of failure. All system components are fully redundant. Its K2 all-flash storage array recognizes a hardware or software failure and automatically fails over to a healthy widgetry.

Kaminario also automatically detects failures, initiates a self-healing process and manages the dynamic N-cluster reconfiguration.

The start-up also has what it calls a Flash Endurance Booster, a seven-year flash endurance warranty that extends two-four years beyond other solutions in the storage industry.

The company says it can make this warranty because it doesn't have hot spots and employs a global caching system that prevents hot spots from forming. It minimizes writes to the flash media and distributes them across all flash media in the system. It eliminates writes during updates, facilitating snapshots that don't incur additional writes. And it also uses a unique log structure array (LSA) to optimally write to flash with the lowest write amplification in the industry.

These new programs are supposed to demonstrate Kaminario's commitment to providing enterprise-class resiliency and underscore the consistency, predictability and availability that its scale-out architecture provides.

There is one catch. The Flash Endurance Booster and Performance Consistency Guarantee apply to all purchases beginning in June 2013 that are under a maintenance contract.

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Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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