Kaminario K2 Powers Microsoft Environments

High performance. High scale. Low cost.

Kaminario K2 supports Microsoft environments with the most cost-efficient all-flash platform in the industry while delivering:

  • consistent high performance and low latency
  • huge capacity savings on shared storage
  • the ability to scale-out AND scale-up to match specific application requirements for performance and capacity.

SQL Server databases can leverage K2’s native compression to free up CPU resources and licenses on the database servers. Database consolidation is now possible by using K2 as a single storage platform for both OLTP and OLAP workloads that can run concurrently with the speed of flash. Virtual environments using Hyper-V can leverage K2’s adaptive block size to eliminate the IO-blender effect and gain great capacity savings with adaptive de-duplication.

K2’s native snapshots and replication make backup and recovery easy and simple, with no interruption to production workloads, and with the ability to provide instant, lightweight fresh copies of production data to QA, Dev&Test – all within the same K2 all-flash array using the Kaminario VSS driver for Microsoft environments.


See it in Action

See how different types of Microsoft SQL Server workloads can run concurrantly on the Kaminario K2 all-flash array, with high performance and low latency. In addition, see how the performance can scale linearly to meet database growth.


Kaminario VSS Driver

The Kaminario K2 VSS driver allows Microsoft users to automatically create application consistent snapshots using K2’s native array-based snapshot feature and Microsoft’s Volume Shadow Copy Service. The redirect-on-write snapshots are stored locally on the K2 and can also be replicated to a remote K2 site to achieve application consistent copies for disaster recovery purposes. The driver is available here.


Microsoft SQL Server workloads can rely on K2 to remove any IO bottle neck, dramatically reducing transaction response times with consistent sub-millisecond latency. High and consistent throughput enables real-time analytics processing with the ability to support demanding performance service level agreements (SLAs) for multiple environments.


Microsoft environements grow overtime – either by size or by the amount of users that require more performance from the storage infrastructure.  The Kaminario K2 all-flash storage array can scale to meet any of these needs without overprovisioning the other. Scale-up for more capacity, scale-out for more performance or do both – according to the business needs.

Cost Efficiency

K2 facilitates database consolidation with no compromises. Deploy SQL Server databases for any type of production workload alongside real time copies for analytics, QA, Test&Dev – all running concurrently with high performance and low latency. Save on compression and replication licenses by offloading to K2’s native data services.