In 2013, MLC Flash as general purpose storage will be a major area of industry attention because users are demanding many of the same features they are used to getting with HDD technology but with the added capabilities of MLC Flash. Customers must have scalability and data protection as well as performance to make the case to jump to SSD.
Focus on Scalability
Scalability is a cornerstone element of a general purpose storage strategy and a solid differentiator for Kaminario. However, we view it a little differently than other vendors:
Linear Scalability: Grow Capacity Not Complexity
There is a difference between adding capacity and scalability. Adding capacity is stacking storage hardware while scalability is intelligently absorbing storage. We view scalability as linear and driven by powerful software like SPEAR to enable distributed workloads managed from a single console. Linear scalability increases operational efficiencies and ease-of-use. Simply adding capacity means multiple management consoles, more complexity and more points-of-failure.
Linear Scalability Enables Consistent Performance of Mixed Workloads
Our view of true scalability provides users with consistent latency as IOPS and bandwidth are scaled up. Users should not have to pay a performance tax for consolidating applications or deploying data protection features. There should be no performance surprises.