Of course there are some barriers — both these vendors need to navigate a path between a highly converged software plus hardware system and a software solution that can be applied to third-party hardware platforms. For its part SolidFire has begun to broaden its story beyond its own proprietary hardware — I'd expect Kaminario to follow a similar path and get a dose of the flexibility bug to provide a solution for customers who want the Kaminario goodness applied to their platform of choice.
Regardless of short-term moves, and regardless of the accuracy of Kaminario's claims to be the cheapest tool in the shed, the state of the storage industry is certainly changing. Kaminario and its brethren are players to watch for the future.
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