Understanding the True Economic Value of All-Flash Storage

More than just a basic TCO

Understanding the true economic impact of deploying a modern storage solution for your infrastructure requires more than just a basic Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) analysis. It requires a quantitative model that can thoroughly examine direct/indirect costs and benefit drivers that impact your storage buying decision.

Kaminario engaged the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) to conduct a detailed Economic Value Validation (EVV) study that examines how an investment in the Kaminario K2 scale-up and scale-out all-flash storage solution can benefit an Organization over a 3 or 5 year period when compared to traditional or other purpose-built all-flash storage arrays. This analysis, built upon ESG’s in-depth interviews with Kaminario customers and internal stakeholders, qualitative and quantitative market research with IT decision makers, and ESG’s general familiarity with all-flash storage market, also provides IT organizations considering K2 a clear view of their fully burdened costs.

“EVV is the third leg of a powerful stool”

ESG Practice Director and Senior Analyst, Mark Peters, classifies the “EVV as the third leg of a powerful stool”. He adds, “while it’s great that (1) Kaminario designs its solutions to be economically compelling, and that it (2) backs its claims with its K-Assured program, the EVV (3) adds crucial validations that the economic savings are actually realized by Kaminario’s customers, and uses the ROI/TCO model to show how Kaminario K2 can provide substantial savings and benefits when compared to other purpose-built AFAs”

Let’s talk numbers

To highlight the economic advantage of the K2 over all other all-flash solutions, the EVV report included a detailed 5-year TCO and ROI analysis of a modeled organization with a typical K2 deployment, validated by ESG through information garnered from real-world customer savings. This deployment scenario consisted of a mixed workload with a heavy focus on transactional databases.

Figure: Typical mixed workload modeled scenario with a strong focus on Databases

The output of the model concluded that by deploying a single Kaminario K2 node (called K-Block) instead of another next-generation all-flash storage array, the modeled organization could expect total savings and benefits of around $647K over a five-year period. These savings result in an expected ROI of 81% with a payback period of nine months. A summary of the modeled results is shown in the figure below –

Figure: Output of the model detailing benefits and savings compared to another next-generation all-flash storage array

The EVV report details a host of other savings such as dramatically lower management overhead, reduced upgrade costs due to the K2’s ability to seamlessly scale-out, transparent maintenance costs, no additional cost of software acquisition and benefits attributed to increased productivity and revenues at various levels of the organization.

Figure: Overall summary of the Economic Value Model


The report summarizes that “ESG’s thorough analysis shows that, for those organizations looking for a worry-free, general-purpose all-flash storage array that is designed to consolidate mixed workloads while delivering low latency and enhanced business agility, Kaminario K2 all-flash storage may provide exceptional value.”.

We want to show you how!

Download the complete Economic Value Validation report on Kaminario’s K2 to learn more about the process, model assumptions, customer interviews and overall benefits.

Additionally, contact us to learn how Kaminario can help create a custom TCO and ROI for your storage environment.