The most complex blog on data center simplicity. Ever.

For a blog about simplicity, this is going to take some serious concentration, but read through to the end and your life will be enriched 🙂

Today’s storage platforms are undergoing a complete overhaul, as new solutions are maturing to provide capacities, data services and performance profiles that make the legacy platforms (even those from just a few years ago) look like an abacus—large footprint, not easily scaled, slow and cumbersome to use, and requiring far too much manual input to achieve the required results.

‘Ease of use’ and ‘simplicity’ are usually the greatest drivers of technology advances, but we find that these assertions are usually highly subjective. The reality almost always turns out to be much more nuanced and far less simple than what was claimed.  What companies today need are solutions that not only transform the way their business is done in a significant manner, but that can also be deployed quickly and efficiently—not requiring lengthy migration plans with weeks of boot camp training and certifications in order to operationalize the solution.

 

Simplicity of Operations

Let’s start at the most obvious layer – the graphical user interface (GUI). The Kaminario HTML5 GUI is incredibly simple and elegant.  It was built for operators who aren’t necessarily ‘storage people’, who run ops for servers, databases or applications.  The GUI was built to be used by anyone with only minutes of training—no classes or certifications required. Save your money and get certified on something that helps you outside of that cube or office or data center – like diving!

 

Simplicity of Configuration

Setting up initial disk array layouts has been extremely complex, with decisions made about physical drive locations, formatting options, RAID parity choices, tiering setups, snapshot reserve allocation, cache allocation, IO port mappings/distribution, replication scripting and more.  After this is all decided upon, by the time it’s implemented, key elements usually need to be altered, leading to even more configuration gymnastics. Full implementations can take months or even years (in case you’re wondering, ya, I’ve been there!).

The Kaminario K2 is built to provide as *few* configuration settings as possible—making it as simple as possible, but not simpler.  Physical drives or formatting?  Uhmm, move on, there’s nothing to configure here. You only have to decide how much guaranteed capacity to buy upfront. Yes, you heard that right. Guaranteed capacity. Take the guess work out of capacity planning.  RAID choices?  Anti-climatic since its already done.  Tiering policy definitions, snapshot reserve allocations, cache partitioning, IO Port distribution maps? Sorry, barking up the wrong tree.  Nothing to configure with those either.  Thick Provision, Eager Zero, Thin Provision?  No need!  Replication configuration?  Done in the GUI with a wizard. No scripting required. I think you get the idea.

 

The Self-Tuning Array

Storage admins know that when new applications or workloads get added to storage, that’s when things can suddenly tip over and take out many other applications.  Careful planning on where to place new workloads, and tuning for block sizes, or block alignment or wide striping data across many physical devices were some of the things that kept storage admins from leaving their desk for lunches.  Block misalignment of file systems could double IOPS workloads and impose massive additional and unnecessary performance overhead.

Enter Kaminario K2 – with a patented fully automated variable block support algorithm that dynamically adjusts to the native application block size PER IO and handles all IO in native formats, the K2 was built to make your lunch hour great again. Heck, when was the last time you ventured outdoors for lunch? We think it’s time!

The K2 automatically handles data movement and RAID operations with no user intervention, and requires no tuning on the array. It’s that simple.

 

As Simple as it Can Be—For Everyone

K2 is built to automatically adapt to the needs of the application—with dynamic variable block and no tuning required, the application owner only needs to decide on a few things: how many LUNs to create, how big to make them, and what to call them. We recommend calling them “Omega Supreme”.  The K2 handles everything else automatically while guaranteeing <1ms performance on everything.

 

Snapshots? Replication?  Created in the built-in snapshot/replication GUI wizard.

The K2 is built for anyone to use in 30 minutes or less—Storage admins, Server Operations people, DBAs or application owners. Lunch is on us if it takes you more than 30 minutes. Just promise us that you won’t eat at your desk!

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