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Kaminario Overview

Needham, MA
201 to 500 employees
2008
Company - Private
IT Services
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
Kaminario, the leading all-flash storage company, is redefining the future of modern data centers. Its unique solution enables organizations to succeed in today’s on-demand world and prepares them to seamlessly handle tomorrow’s innovations. Only Kaminario K ... Read more

Mission: Kaminario is committed to driving innovation and redefining the future of modern data centers. We enable our customers to scale their business easily and cost effectively.

Company Updates

  • Next week at GartnerIO Kaminario and ViON discuss how composable storage is transforming the cloud with ViONcorp - find out more here: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQDQt

    Kaminario and ViON Discuss How Composable Data Storage is Transforming the Cloud - Kaminario

    Kaminario will be participating at the 2017 Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations Management & Data Center Conference in Las Vegas next week with a sponsored session and demonstrating the composable vision at booth 411. The session is scheduled for Tuesday, December 5th at 3:45PM and will be jointly hosted by Kaminario and ViON.

  • Online game developer, http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQudD, reduces data transfer speed by 81+%

    Wargaming reduces data transfer speed by 81+% with Kaminario All-Flash

    Wargaming.net is an award-winning online game developer and publisher. They are a leader in the free-to-play massively multiplayer online (MMO) market across PC, console, and mobile. With more than 15 titles to their credit, Wargaming employs over 4,000 professionals globally, using continuous integration (CI) and continuous deployment (CD) methodologies.

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Kaminario – Why Work For Us?


Interested in forging the future? Want to impact the tech world? 

Join an innovative team that’s driving the future of storage. 

The leading all-flash storage company, Kaminario is committed to driving innovation and redefining the future of modern data centers. Our product is unique and so is our culture. Every employee has a voice, is passionate about technology and plays a role in the company’s success. As a team, we are collaborative, fun loving disruptors. Our offices are cool. Benefits, competitive. Creativity, collaboration and comradery empowers us.

Want to be part of a high energy team that’s changing the storage landscape? Check out open positions at www.kaminario.com.

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The leading all-flash storage company, Kaminario is committed to driving innovation and redefining the future of modern data centers. Our product is unique and so is our culture. Every employee has a voice, is passionate about technology and plays a role in our success. As a team, we are collaborative, fun loving disruptors. Our offices are cool. Benefits, competitive. Creativity, collaboration and comradery empowers us.

Want to be part of a high energy team that’s changing the storage landscape? 

 

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Exciting Work + Great Fun = Better Life

  •   Challenging, rewarding and fun work environment
  •   Disruptive technology
  •   Direct and open communication culture - Ability to influence and make a difference
  •   Roll-up-your-sleeves DNA
  •   Competitive salaries and meaningful equity
  •   Full health benefits package - medical, dental, vision and life insurance

  And much more...check out our open positions here!

Why Robust Mixed Workload Support Matters

By Derek Swanson | February 13, 2017

Much like a large highway supporting traffic from vehicles of kinds and sizes, your storage array has to manage traffic from applications that come in many differing block sizes. Don’t let your storage be the point of congestion because of its rigid block size limitation.  Robust mixed workload processing matters! Read on to learn why.

At Kaminario we are heartened that Enterprise is deploying our technology, now on its 6th generation of hardware and Operating Environment.  We’ve always known that solid-state is a perfect way to massively boost application responsiveness and remove storage layer Input/Output (I/O) bottlenecks which have been the bane of applications for decades. But we also know that to truly gain all the benefits of flash enterprises need to consolidate workloads and move away from the myriad point solutions that complicate today’s data centers excessively.  To do this, merely adding more flash isn’t the answer, the solution requires more intelligence than simply more or faster, the solution requires an architecture that can automatically support *all* kinds of workload profiles without the need to tune, divide, partition, break out, or otherwise quarantine workloads that in the past could cause ‘noisy neighbors’ and could tip storage arrays over—even all flash storage that isn’t built to inherently and automatically support variable workloads.

 

Blocking and Tackling “Variable Block Sizes”

Briefly, in storage there are a few different kinds of speeds to consider: random vs. sequential and read vs. write. Add to this the fact that all applications use different I/O request profiles, and will make read and write requests in different Block Sizes which can vary anywhere from 512 bytes up to 128 KB or even larger depending on the application. These variables of Random/Sequential, Read/Write, and Block size have a dramatic effect on all-flash storage platforms and can cause array performance to vary wildly from being really great one minute to nearly unusable the next as applications time out waiting for IO.  This is the current day problem with consolidating Tier 1 and Tier 2 workloads all onto a single all-flash platform.

For example, let’s look at the most common applications today: retail databases, online analytical processing (OLAP) and virtualized servers.

 

  • Online retail sales databases drive business and sales engines for customers in the form of e-commerce, inventory management, and sales forecast reporting. As more people move online to do daily tasks and purchases, the demand for more responsive application performance at greater scales becomes critical.  These types of loads are typically highly random with massive use of indexes and use small block transactions with a good mix of read and write.
  • OLAP datasets, which encompasses Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence, is the (in as close to real time as possible) process of turning enormous amounts of raw data points into meaningful business intelligence reporting to help businesses drive process improvements and to create more efficient business models.  These types of jobs jobs usually include large sequential scans, are less random and use large block transactions that can be 100% write (when loading data) or 100% read (when reading reports).
  • Virtualized servers run on hypervisor that controls multiple ‘virtual’ server environments, or VMs. Today’s IT shops can run dozens or even hundreds of VMs on a single physical server, making it possible to support the entire enterprise—with a wide variety of workload requirements. Manually tuning storage platforms to support the infinite variety of IO profiles for consistently great performance is an impossibly difficult task today, when all IT departments need to do more with less, and the need to simplify operations is crucial.

Kaminario clearly understands the challenges each of these applications brings to enterprise primary storage, and has built an all-flash platform that can handle all of these radically mixed workloads in a simple, automated fashion.  The K2 all-flash array, with its automatic variable adaptive block architecture can handle any kind of workload natively, whether it be small, random 4K online transaction processing or large 128K analytical processing or any kind of mix in between, along with virtual server support for hundreds of different applications at the same time.  No manual tuning of any kind is needed to do this, the K2 does it all automatically.  No complex setup, configuration, or maintenance is required.

On top of the simplicity and the ‘fire and forget’ nature of the array, the K2 consistently ranks highest for performance among analysts, recently being ranked #1 for performance by Gartner in 2016 for All Flash Arrays.

 

See It to Believe It

The below chart shows a real mixed workload sample of how the K2 does this.  Here you can see the K2 supporting a mix of 4K, 8K, 64K and 128K block sizes in a 75/25 mix of read/write.  The K2 is easily pushing almost 5 GB/s of mixed throughput, at around 100,000 IOPS, with a response time of 1 millisecond.

 
K2 GUI showing performance characteristics of a real mixed workload example

Put us to the challenge and let us run a 10-minute demo showing you performance on a mixed workload environment.

Derek Swanson - Principal Architect


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    I am so so lucky to work for Kaminario and genuinely excited to come to work every day! Amazing place, fast paced environment, friendly atmosphere. I’ve never seen so much energy, passion and dedication in people. Fantastic team of Leadership and C-level executives are friendly, super hard-working and know everyone by names. They actually talk, coach, support, motivate and joke with employees unlike in other corporate companies. People at Kaminario love their job, perform it at a high level and they are committed to the company’s success. This is the company you want to work for! Besides, there is great work-life balance, flex time, company perks like fresh fruits, well-stocked snack bar, weekly Happy Hours and many-many more. Kaminario provides you with everything you need to be successful.

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    No Cons I would think of.

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    Keep doing what you are doing!

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Kaminario Interviews

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Kaminario (Needham, MA) in May 2017.

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    Had the best experience ever to be interviewed at Kaminario from the very first phone call! The company that doesn't email you first but call (!) and you gotta not ignore this phone call to get the job of your dreams! The company recruiter/HR Specialist were the best - guiding through the whole process giving great tips and advises. It would be incredibly hard to get interviewed at other companies after such a great experience.

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Kaminario Awards & Accolades

  • Leader in the Magic Quadrant, Gartner Magic Quadrant, 2017
  • UK Storage Award, UK Storage Award, 2017
  • Gartner Magic Quadrant Visionary for Solid-State Arrays, Gartner Magic Quadrant, 2016
  • IT World Awards, 11th Annual IT World Awards, 2016
  • The Best Enterprise Software Startups To Work For In 2016, Forbes, 2016
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