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Score 8 out of 100
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Score 7.6 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Kaminario K2 (discontinued)

K2 works well in our mixed-use virtual environment. I would not hesitate to place any workload on K2, it has always performed well. We use fiber-channel connectivity as it replaced our large legacy storage array, replacing one rack of spinning disks with 4U of flash.
Eric Ellerman | TrustRadius Reviewer

NetApp SolidFire

Solidfire is a good, multi-purpose array for iSCSI environments. Grid architecture allows incremental, linear expansion of the array both in capacity and performance. The all-flash is a very high performance, low latency platform for a lot of applications. The way the company has architected the platform allows for continual upgrades and removes the lift-and-load replacements if you stay with Solidfire in the future. The Solidfire fiber channel implementation is workable, but largely there is a checkbox. I cannot imagine any fiber channel shop is going to look at a Solidfire seriously, unless they are looking to move towards Ethernet based transport. Write intensive workloads struggle on the array. The double-helix data protection combined with the architecture can make writes more latent than expected - well into the teens and 20's of ms within the array.
Philip Sellers | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Enterprise Flash Array Storage

Kaminario K2 (discontinued)
7.3
NetApp SolidFire
7.1
Flash Array Performance
Kaminario K2 (discontinued)
9.0
NetApp SolidFire
8.1
Flash Array Integration
Kaminario K2 (discontinued)
5.0
NetApp SolidFire
7.4
Data Compression
Kaminario K2 (discontinued)
6.0
NetApp SolidFire
7.8
Non-Intrusive Upgrades
Kaminario K2 (discontinued)
9.0
NetApp SolidFire
7.7
Simplicity
Kaminario K2 (discontinued)
9.0
NetApp SolidFire
5.5
Power Savings
Kaminario K2 (discontinued)
6.0
NetApp SolidFire
6.1

Pros

Kaminario K2 (discontinued)

  • Great performance
  • Great support
  • Super-simple to use
Eric Ellerman | TrustRadius Reviewer

NetApp SolidFire

  • Helps consolidate workloads
  • Independent storage management
  • Not just tied to one particular application
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Kaminario K2 (discontinued)

  • Not well known, so third-party support is lacking
  • Data reduction is good, but not as good as expected (actual 2.7:1)
Eric Ellerman | TrustRadius Reviewer

NetApp SolidFire

  • There seems to be an overarching view (with drill downs) of the entire infrastructure.
  • You need a solid partner to implement this product initially.
  • As this product is still integrating with Net Apps mature support systems, I still think that there is room for a better end to end experience.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Kaminario K2 (discontinued)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

NetApp SolidFire

NetApp SolidFire 8.7
Based on 3 answers
I have not had to use support. However, others on my team have and have been impressed.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Kaminario K2 (discontinued)

We performed a bake-off with K2 and one other vendor and they performed identically. K2 pricing was aggressive, performance was great, and it offered the features that we needed at a price that we could afford
Eric Ellerman | TrustRadius Reviewer

NetApp SolidFire

SolidFire was chosen over these other service providers because of relationships we have with the company, with our reps, and with the local Denver presence. We also are a partner, and we felt that the solution stacked up technologically very well against the competition and was more cost effective.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Kaminario K2 (discontinued)

  • Installing K2 reduced runtime of one of our batch processes, freeing up one employee for other tasks.
  • Less time managing storage.
Eric Ellerman | TrustRadius Reviewer

NetApp SolidFire

  • Largely allowed us to install and not have to manage the array (set it and forget it) - the array calls home and reports into Active IQ and Solidfire auto-generates cases based on events and is proactive in handling issues.
  • Use of VVOL with the array has reduced the number of management points, but has introduced a new possibility of problems due to the VASA provider and vCenter dependency for VVOLs - it is something to be aware of if you choose to use VVOLs versus VMFS with vSphere. Use of VMFS and traditional LUNs bring less benefits, so there is a trade-off.
  • The first major software upgrade hit a bug specific to our vSphere configuration which causes a major outage. The advertised behavior is a non-disruptive upgrade process and maintenance process. Maintenance has been nondisruptive during a hardware failure (node replacement) and during a drive replacement.
  • Software updates to the array are guided by Solidfire and largely white-glove, handled by their support.
Philip Sellers | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Kaminario K2 (discontinued)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

NetApp SolidFire

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Kaminario K2 (discontinued)
8.0
NetApp SolidFire
7.7

Support Rating

Kaminario K2 (discontinued)
NetApp SolidFire
8.7

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