Kaminario K2 and Cisco Storage Networking – Addressing the Customer Data Deluge

By Mike Jochimson, Kaminario’s Director of Alliances

Today, Cisco announced new products in both the MDS and Nexus product lines in order to meet the growing storage needs of its customers, driven by cloud computing, big data and the Internet of Things (IoT). As these trends continue the acceleration of data growth in enterprises and cloud providers, the need for higher performing storage and storage networks continues to grow as well. The new product offerings from Cisco complement Kaminario’s K2 All-Flash high performance storage product and provide customers unparalleled scalability, ease-of-use and cost efficiency.

Cisco, in its recently published Global Cloud Index (2014-2019) forecasts that by the end of 2019 cloud traffic will more than quadruple to 8.6 zettabytes (ZB) and data center traffic will more than triple to 10.4 ZB. The network and storage devices required to handle this increase in data will also need to improve efficiency and scalability accordingly in order to allow providers to maintain acceptable levels of performance, meet customer service level agreements and keep their costs at bay.

In the cloud and enterprise data center, these needs are being addressed via the adoption of flash storage. Kaminario is a leader in leveraging the recent advances in NAND flash technology and in delivering the highest levels of scalability and simplicity. Last fall, Kaminario announced version 5.5 of our K2 array, introducing the latest generation of 3D TLC NAND, increasing capacity of its scale up/scale out array to more than 2 Petabytes (PB), while providing 2 million IOPS with extremely low latency and bringing the effective cost in line with hard disk drive-based arrays. Kaminario also introduced the Perpetual Array, allowing customers to easily grow their storage infrastructure as their business needs grow.

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Cisco is complementing the capabilities of the Kaminario K2 with its announcement today. With new products announced in the MDS and Nexus product lines, Cisco is upping the ante on the high performance storage network needed to meet the increasing customer needs. These new products and features continue the trend towards network convergence that Cisco began almost a decade ago and provide a robust and high performance fabric for attaching converged and virtualized blade and rack servers, such as Cisco’s UCS platform, with Kaminario’s scalable K2 All-Flash Array.

The new Cisco MDS 9718 high port density Director with 768 line rate 16G Fiber Channel ports that enable consolidation, is ideal for mid to large all-flash storage deployments. The Cisco Nexus 5672UP-16G Switch is the also well suited for convergence, enabling 16G Fiber Channel, 40G Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and 40G Ethernet all from the same platform. The 40G FCoE support on Nexus and now on MDS enable highest speed SAN interconnect between access and core, providing a high performance fabric in front of a scalable all-flash array.

Together, these enhancements across the Cisco MDS and Nexus product lines, when combined with the storage efficiency and flexibility of Kaminario’s K2 all-flash arrays, enable customer to meet their expanding storage and network traffic needs in coming years.  For more information on how Kaminario can help you accelerate your virtual and database environments and grow your business, visit www.kaminario.com.

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