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Kaminario Leverages Intel Technology for Advanced Data Compression and Accelerated All-Flash Storage Performance
Kaminario announced additional details of its new generation of all-flash storage capability based on Intel technology. Kaminario's K2 all-flash array Gen6 storage controllers, manufactured by Supermicro, incorporate a module powered by the Intel C6268 chipset with Intel® QuickAssist Technology (Intel QAT).  Leveraging this configuration, the Kaminario K2 offloads inline compression from the new Intel Xeon Scalable processors to a dedicated compression engine, yielding benefits including:
  • Increased data reduction ratio by 30 percent with implementation of the DEFLATE compression algorithm that uses a combination of the LZ77 algorithm and Huffman coding with no impact on latency.
  • Enhanced level of assured effective capacity as part Kaminario ForeSight business assurance program.
  • Re-capture CPU cycles to handle more data and customer facing services which results in better overall system performance.

Intel QAT, supporting compression/decompression acceleration, is implemented as a PCIe/NVMe module that is integrated by utilizing front-loading PCIe/NVMe slots in the storage controllers manufactured by Supermicro.  This highly flexible approach supports the compression engine as well as opens up a path for leveraging future innovations such as the integration of NVMe connected storage class memory drives like Intel Optane SSDs.

Kaminario K2 is powered by VisionOS, a software-defined storage architecture and framework for implementing data services. VisionOS DataShrink is the full set of data reduction services, including the updated compression algorithm, selectable deduplication, thin provisioning, and RAID protection services.

"Supermicro delivers the agility to support the rapidly changing needs of the storage industry," said Don Clegg, vice president, Marketing and Worldwide Business Development, Supermicro. "Kaminario's forethought in providing ‘future-ready' features within its all-flash appliance is a great example of how datacenter infrastructure can deliver cutting edge capability today, while protecting its investment with a path to leverage future innovation."

"Kaminario has pursued a software-defined strategy that fully leverages best-of breed hardware technologies," said Eyal David, chief technology officer, Kaminario.  "We see the future of shared storage for cloud-scale applications requiring the agility, efficiency, performance, and scale that can only be delivered by open collaboration between storage solution providers such as Kaminario and hardware technology innovators like Intel."

Published Tuesday, July 11, 2017 1:58 PM by David Marshall
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