KMAX as a Computing Appliance

The KMAX Appliance Edition delivers a fully integrated, true-converged platform, ready to provide from a catalogue a rich selection of computing services. It offers the IT department or public cloud provider the appliance-level simplicity of application deployment and management on a highly efficient and compact server architecture. 
KMAX provides the power efficiency of 14nm lithography and ARM based 64-bit compute, the low power, high capacity and bandwidth of all flash storage along with the option for a fully non-blocking embedded 10-40Gb/s switched network.Plus, it delivers the agility and flexibility of a virtualization and hyperconverged platform, without sacrificing performance, scalability, latency and energy efficiency.
based on physicalization (physical virtualization), the software definition of accelerated physical resources  
4X less energy , 6-10X less space than other rack, balde or hyperconverged solutions  
No need for expensive virtualization or hyperconverged software  
low power, high capacity and large bandwidth  


The KMAX Appliance offers:


  • The KMAX hardware platform offering the full selection of options and configurations
  • The OpenStack management frameworks for web-scale application deployment
  • Native virtualization and software-defined-resource management capabilities
  • Preinstalled service orchestration, local, web and IPMI management tools
  • Physicalized software defined networking to define multiple virtual and physical networks
  • Physicalized software define storage with distributed resilience and petabyte scalability


KMAX Appliance. Delivering the same low power hardware platform as the KMAX server with the pre-integration of a full web-scale software stack. Exposing the familiar virtualization platform features, a complete OpenStack framework and controller are natively embedded in the hardware platform. Through the software definition of physical resources, there is no need to purchase additional high-cost software or hardware to configure the platform as required.  The KMAX software stack provides full system orchestration and template based application deployment from a catalog of hundreds of applications available from the Linux distribution, OpenStack and Ubuntu JuJu Charms.


Embedded OpenStack. The KALEAO KMAX Appliance integrates hardware optimized instances of the industry standard OpenStack API along with an embedded controller to deliver web-scale application orchestration and management capabilities. The intuitive single pane of glass UI, ideal for large scale infrastructure, provides a window into the entire KMAX deployment, with the hardware and software architectures designed to scale beyond peta-scale levels with data-center-level, multi-rack orchestration functionality.


The "physical" virtualized infrastructure. A thin, small footprint hypervisor, the Microvisor, provides virtualization functionality and assigns storage and networking physical resources to VMs letting the user select them from global pools spanning across the system. The Microvisor manages the I/O logic providing a decoupling layer between the physical and the virtual, while keeping max performance, energy efficiency, reducing latency and providing a slim software approach that facilitates unlimited scalability.


Bare Metal Performance with physicalization. The native KMAX virtualization manager provides a thin veneer between the physical hardware and application environments, pinning the physicalized resources directly into the memory of the application domain while delivering the required management and orchestration flexibility.  The KMAX Appliance platform uses reconfigurable hardware to physicalize the dynamic creation and accelerate access to the system level networking and storage system.  This unique approach to resource virtualization removes the overheads of sharing a single physical resources between multiple guest machines while also removing the need for software to then aggregate the resources together again to create the illusion of a converged platform, all while ensuring bare machine level performance and efficiency.


Share nothing and segregation. KALEAO’s system architectures offers the required resources for full hardware-level segregation and independence between a significant number of independent application domains. It supports non-blocking operation between applications on each server, network and storage resource and thereby increases security and removes contention of the execution while maintaining a predicable and high application performance. Each processor core can be configured as dedicated or shared between application with limited or no CPU and memory over-subscription. The template based application deployment invisibility defines the required resources and networking configurations. Smart application machine placement enables localized reads and writes to direct attached storage drives while maintaining accessibility from anywhere across the infrastructure.


Software-defined-network. The KMAX system provides the familiar virtualization capabilities of a OpenStack platform, along with the KALEAO physicalization technologies for the delivery of networking and storage resources,  dynamically into the required virtual machines.  Each deployed application instance is assigned the required networking device interfaces with rules to define its logical network and routing across the embedded switches.  Offering scalable virtual networking, without the limitation and cost of traditional VLAN, any physicalized network interface can be assigned into an encapsulated virtual network or physically bound to any of the dual independent chassis-level production network ports.  Interface devices can also be bound across both ports to provide either route resilience or increased aggregate bandwidth.


Software defined distributed storage. Also exposed into the OpenStack platform, the KMAX storage system dynamically provides warm storage to all deployed applications through the physicalized creation of one of more block storage devices pinned into each application domain.  Whether creating a private local scratch device, cloning a system from an existing device, or sharing access to a petabyte store across a fully resilient and replicated distributed store, the KMAX storage system delivers bare metal level storage performance across the entire KMAX deployment.  The KMAX platform is capable of delivering the entire flash storage bandwidth of a blade to either the local compute or expose it to the network interfaces without any CPU overhead placed on the application cores. With each 3U chassis supporting up to 370TB of warm storage capacity ,100GB/s and 10M IOPS, KMAX creates a platform that can not only deliver rich application services, but also provide a cost effective mean to deliver network attached storage solutions.


Hyperconverged functionality and UI. The integration of Open Stack orchestration capabilities and the Microvisor with the lower level physicalized layer delivers powerful functionality in the most effective and efficient way. From a practical UI it is possible to manage the physical and logical KMAX infrastructure, leveraging features like thin provisioning, integrated data replication, cloning and snapshots, resource pooling...