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VMblog's Expert Interviews: KALEAO Talks New Version of its Flagship KMAX and True Convergence


KALEAO announced the introduction of KMAX-EP, the newest version of KALEAO's flagship solution for the server infrastructure market.  To find out more about the product's latest release and the company's direction, VMblog spoke with John Goodacre, KALEAO's Chief Scientific Officer. 

VMblog:  Please tell us about the new version of KMAX, called KMAX-EP?  What's new and different about this latest version of your flagship offering?

John Goodacre:  Our new KMAX-EP is the next logical step to further advance the hyperconverged leap we made in the marketplace with the introduction of our original KMAX.   KMAX-EP is geared toward the enterprise and delivers optimized throughput, scalability and power efficiency in a form focused at the enterprise infrastructure market.  KMAX-EP is less environmentally demanding to the IT machine room offering reduced cooling requirements and is more accessible to existing cabinetry. The simplified shared-cabinet chassis design combines with one-sided access, and flexible power through an internal AC PSU supply and an optional 48VDC backup. 

VMblog:  You have renamed your original, first KMAX, now to be known as KMAX-HD?  Why the change to the original?

Goodacre:  Here at KALEAO, we are expanding our offering line up to bring our "true converged" infrastructure to the widest audience.  Our original KMAX, now KMAX-HD, is an extremely compact design, leveraging advanced software-defined hardware and appliance level web-scale application delivery and management. Both KMAX chassis continue to be compatible with the vast open source Linux-based software ecosystem available for the ARM platforms, while natively supporting Open Stack along with the additional richness of an industry standard application store. 

VMblog:  What type of organization will benefit more from the new KMAX-EP and who will benefit more from KMAX-HD?

Goodacre:  Our new KMAX-HD is built for large cloud-based data centers and provides over 10 times the throughput in the same physical space as a single node today, while consuming a quarter of the power. The savings is obvious and significant. KMAX-EP brings these same advantages to the enterprise where the balance of computing, storage and networking for typical cloud workloads and efficient and uncontended provisioning needs to be matched by the physical constraints and needs of the often multi-vendor machine room in the enterprise.

VMblog:  Could you provide us with a refresher about KALEAO and how it utilizes ARM platforms?

Goodacre:  KMAX servers use 64-bit ARM v8-compatible CPU and employs big.LITTLE architecture - ARM's form of CPU tiering with one or more beefy cores spinning up to handle the traditional application workloads and smaller lightweight cores that do not require as much power to run the management and utility tasks, further increasing the overall application performance.

VMblog:  Tell us your view about the movement in the hyperconverged marketplace?  KALEAO says it is order of magnitude higher throughput than more traditional offerings?  How is this so?

Goodacre:  We've designed KMAX thinking out of the box and doing hyperconverged differently. Hyperconverged products mostly use commodity hardware and mainstream hypervisors to split up the computer into the right-sized chunks. We are doing things in a new way -  we were once called out as being "the Tesla of hyperconvergence." We built the hardware from the ground up to scale using the right size chunks, removing unnecessary duplication and adding in key, new ingredients. We utilize both local and hyperconverged flash storage devices and provide more network interconnection between applications. Our platform design takes advantage of both hardware acceleration and software-defined functionality, which lead to significant performance improvements and energy savings.  

VMblog:  How about the term "true converged?"  Where did you come up with that and what does it mean to KALEAO?

Goodacre:  We get that question quite a bit. Traditional hyperconverged systems are commodity compute platforms with a pre-integrated local assembly of storage. True convergence is the technology that allows both a native, board-level convergence of storage, along with embedded non-blocking network access to compute and storage. With true convergence, each KMAX node can be a compute, storage and network server; any or all of these functions at any time.

VMblog:  How far along are you on your planned roadmap?  How has the last year been since you launched from stealth?

Goodacre:  We're doing well, growing our partner network and of course, expanding and streamlining our offerings to different markets and customers.  We began delivering product in October 2017 and we've been working with many customers on POCs. It is an exciting time at KALEAO and with our new KMAX version coming to market in the second half of 2018, we expect things to get even busier at the company.


Published Tuesday, April 17, 2018 7:45 AM by David Marshall
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