Building, owning and operating a data center has always been a complex and expensive undertaking. Public cloud was seen as an effective alternative for organizations who wanted to avoid the painstaking process of standing up their own data centers. However, the maturation of public cloud has also revealed concerns such as security, hidden costs and vendor lock-in. AWS, for instance, provides a proprietary public cloud, which requires organizations to invest heavily in educating their teams on a unique skill set. Add in a complicated pricing program and firewalls which make it difficult to move workloads, also lead to escalating costs. Enterprises need to, once again, look for alternatives beyond the public cloud and traditional on-premise data center.
Several organizations have started to implement a hybrid cloud or multi-cloud strategy where mission critical workloads are run on private cloud-like infrastructures and workloads such as backup and dev/test are moved to the public cloud.
We at Kaminario have identified the growth of the multi-cloud trend and the need for technology that enables organizations to build an on-premise private cloud with the technology and financial flexibility of the public cloud. Key requirements are the ability to scale capacity and performance in either direction – adding or decommissioning hardware as needed, maximizing resource utilization (both software and hardware), and leveraging the economic benefits of industry standard, commodity hardware.
Kaminario’s Composable Data Platform is our solution to help customers build a private cloud that mirrors the flexibility of public cloud, while maintaining security and control over their mission critical workloads. With Kaminario, customers can scale up to support capacity heavy workloads or scale out to effectively run performance heavy workloads. In addition, Kaminario’s unique Cloud Fabric acquisition model provides these features in a software-defined model which disaggregates the software from the hardware. Thus eliminating the problem of having software resources tied to hardware components, as outlined in one of our previous blog’s. With Cloud Fabric, customers can move software licenses within a data center or across multiple data centers, as needed.
Cloud Fabric runs on industry standard, commodity hardware – enabling our customers to duplicate the cost efficiency of public cloud. Kaminario partners with Tech Data to provide the hardware, giving our customers access to their global distribution network and hardware inventory for rapid delivery and deployment. Cloud Fabric is available to customers as a pay-as-you-go utility based subscription model, where customers only pay for the storage capacity used, with no restrictions on performance requirements.
Organizations can scale up or scale down software licenses as needed based on storage capacity requirements. The ability to instantly and seamlessly add software licenses and access to Tech Data’s massive inventory enables our customers to eliminate the idea of over-provisioning. Thus maximizing resource utilization and ROI.
Kaminario Cloud Fabric combines the best features of on-premises and public cloud storage: low-cost on-premise all-flash storage hardware with a pay-as-you-go consumption based software model. Per Enterprise Strategy Group’s report, Kaminario’s Cloud Fabric delivers a savings of more than 60% when compared to a similar public cloud solution.