June 10th, 2019 by Adam Armstrong
Kaminario Expands Its Storage-as-a-Service Offerings
Kaminario announced that it is expanding its Storage-as-a-Service (STaaS) business with three new offerings along with a unified licensing framework. These new offerings included Kaminario Storage Utility consumption-based hardware acquisition, Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), and Kaminario for public cloud. The company states that these new offerings are ideal for its customer base that includes software as a service (SaaS), fintech, healthtech, eCommerce, and cloud service providers.
While “digital transformation” has become a nebulous buzz phrase in recent years that can mean quite a few different things, there definitely are digital trends causing many organizations to take action. For instance, many companies are moving to the public cloud for its economics and agility. No longer do they have to wait to have new hardware installed to take advantage of innovation nor do they have to worry about maintaining hardware. With this, the as-a-Service (aaS) model is also gaining in popularity. Keeping this in mind, Kaminario is continuing to improve its STaaS model.
First up is the Kaminario Storage Utility. Utility combines the company’s existing consumption-based software subscription model with pay-as-you-go hardware acquisition though Kaminario’s partner, Tech Data. The consumption for hardware is based on actual storage consumed. This number is determined through Kaminario Clarity’s analytics platform. The initial pricing is set to be $100/usable TB/month.
The next offering is Kaminario DRaaS. According to Kaminario, this offering offers a fully managed, cloud-based disaster recovery (DR) solution as a month-to-month expense based on protected capacity. Data can be replicated through either Kaminario’s native replication utility or a third-party solution and then sent to the customer’s choice of Tier 4 Datacenter location. Kaminario states that it and its managed service partners can support a range of service levels and recovery time objectives while delivering the service as a true OPEX based subscription service.
Kaminario is moving to the public clouds with the ability for user to leverage their storage instances on AWS (Amazon Web Services), GCP (Google Cloud Platform) and Microsoft Azure. Users will be able to use VisionOS to access a full stack of data services the same way they would on-prem. Customers will also be able to leverage Kaminario’s native snapshot and replication utility to move data from on-prem to the cloud. Also, Clarity can provide management and analytics across all environments while Kaminario Flex provides orchestration and automation utilities.
All of the above falls under the Kaminario unified software licensing scheme. According to the company, customers are able to purchase an enterprise-wide license for some amount of capacity and deploy storage resources on purchased hardware, on utility hardware, at a DR site or in the public cloud. As time goes on customers can adjust this with their needs, scaling up or down.
Kaminario Utility Storage and Kaminario DRaaS are available immediately. Kaminario for public cloud is expected to be available in the first half of 2020.