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Kaminario plans to add Clarity for K2 flash arrays

Kaminario is getting into cloud-based storage analytics with Clarity, which helps manage and monitor its K2 all-flash arrays.

Kaminario Clarity will be available to any K2 customer. Kaminario has a target of the first quarter of 2017 for delivering Clarity.

Kaminario Clarity features include a quality of service that lets customers set service levels for specific types of workloads. For instance, the K2 array could prioritize small reads and writes over large ones in a transactional database to match usage patterns.

Clarity will also include a new portal customers can use to see insights into K2 performance, as well as suggestions to improve performance and capacity.

Josh Epstein, Kaminario VP of global marketing, said a future step will be to automate the service levels for applications. Kaminario intends to add Clarity agents that will integrate into specific applications, such as Oracle and Microsoft SQL databases. The agents will provide more granular metrics for those applications.

“We’re gathering statistics about the K2 and the storage ecosystem – databases, servers, networking – and providing analytics, trends and insights from across our installed base,” he said. “The analytics tell customers how to configure and optimize their storage infrastructure.”

Kaminario Clarity continues the trend of vendors providing tools that collect data from storage arrays, upload it to clouds and provide analytics reports from customers. Other cloud-based analytics include Nimble Storage Nimble InfoSight,  PureStorage Pure1 Cloud Global Insight, EMC Unity CloudIQ, HPE StoreFront RemoteIBM Spectrum Control Storage Insights, and Tintri Analytics. These tools are gaining popularity with newer array models, specifically those incorporating flash.

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