Kaminario Adopts Software-Only Business Model

Jay KramerKaminario recently decided to adopt a “software-centric” business model, rather than sell all-flash arrays as the company has done since its inception.  The company says that this will allow it “to streamline operations, while focusing its resources on continued software innovation,” acknowledging that the change: “represents a strategic business model shift for Kaminario.”

Hardware support for existing and future Kaminario customers will be provided by Tech Data, which Kaminario’s release tells us is the world-leading end-to-end distributor of technology products, services, and solutions.

Jay Kramer of Network Storage Advisors, a friend of The SSD Guy recently provided me with some valuable insights on Kaminario’s restructuring and has allowed me to share them here.  Jay is a recognized technology consultant specializing in the network storage industry.

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PC Caching Software is Not All the Same

NVELO Dataplex Benchmarks Consistently Outperform Intel iSRTThe folks at NVELO recently provided The SSD Guy with some benchmark data comparing their Dataplex software’s performance against the Intel iSRT caching software that is becoming prevalent among Ultrabooks.

For those unaware of these two technologies, they are both caching software that automatically maintains “Hot” data within a low-capacity SSD while leaving “Cold” data on the system HDD. The end result is that the PC performs as if it boasts a large SSD when, in truth, it uses Continue reading

SanDisk Acquires Schooner

Benchmarks Comparing Schooner's MySQL against Standard ImplementationsSanDisk today announced the acquisition of Schooner Information Technology, a developer of SSD-optimized software.  Terms were not announced.

This is a good move for SanDisk and a good move for Schooner.  SanDisk’s enterprise strategy is suddenly coming into focus.

Schooner has had an interesting and difficult history.  The company started out as a manufacturer of appliances based on standard computer hardware, one that ran MySQL, and the other Continue reading