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Score 8 out of 100
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Score 9.1 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

StarWind Storage Appliance (SA)

It is well-suited for small and medium businesses and possibly niches in larger networks. It is iSCSI-based, so not suitable for FC environments. You don't have to have advanced knowledge to implement it, but a little bit of knowledge about how storage works can help. It is excellent for our VMware ESXi environment with three hosts.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Enterprise Flash Array Storage

Kaminario K2 (discontinued)
7.3
StarWind Storage Appliance (SA)
9.1
Flash Array Performance
Kaminario K2 (discontinued)
9.0
StarWind Storage Appliance (SA)
Flash Array Integration
Kaminario K2 (discontinued)
5.0
StarWind Storage Appliance (SA)
Data Compression
Kaminario K2 (discontinued)
6.0
StarWind Storage Appliance (SA)
Non-Intrusive Upgrades
Kaminario K2 (discontinued)
9.0
StarWind Storage Appliance (SA)
9.1
Simplicity
Kaminario K2 (discontinued)
9.0
StarWind Storage Appliance (SA)
9.1
Power Savings
Kaminario K2 (discontinued)
6.0
StarWind Storage Appliance (SA)

Pros

Kaminario K2 (discontinued)

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

StarWind Storage Appliance (SA)

  • Very cost-effective. You choose the hardware.
  • Very reliable and performant.
  • Excellent proactive support. They call us when there is an issue.
  • Very flexible. Can mix and match spinning disk and SSD depending on capacity and performance needs.
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

StarWind Storage Appliance (SA)

  • Not sure what improvements are needed. The UI could possibly be more intuitive.
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

StarWind Storage Appliance (SA)

We used FC-based EMC and Xiotech previously but they were end-of-support and too expensive to upgrade. We looked at several iSCSI solutions such a Dell, NetApp, and others and the cost performance of StarWind was way better.
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

StarWind Storage Appliance (SA)

  • It enabled us to upgrade our storage and switch from FC to iSCSI at a reasonable cost.
  • iSCSi is so much less expensive to maintain.
  • StarWind is upgradable and you never lose your investment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Kaminario K2 (discontinued)

General

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

StarWind Storage Appliance (SA)

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
StarWind Storage Appliance (SA)
9.1

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