Yesterday we saw a big product launch from Tintri, maker of VM-aware storage array VMstore. Up until yesterday Tintri VMstore arrays have been Hybrid-Flash arrays which contain both SSD and HDD capacity with efficient space saving methods and intelligent tiering algorithms to maximize performance. Yesterday we saw Tintri to enter All-Flash array market with their new VMstore T5000 series.
Tintri T5000 series
Tintri VMstore T5000 comes in two models, T5060 and T5080, specifications for boths models are listed below
|Effective Capacity||Up to 36 TB||Up to 73 TB|
|Flash Raw Capacity||11.5 TB||23 TB|
|Space saving methods||Inline deduplication at block level, compression, thin provisioning|
|10GbE Network||4 or 6|
|Protocol support||NFS and SMB3|
|Power and size|
Instead of NVRAM PCIe adapter used in T800 series, All-Flash T5000 utilizes NVDIMMs for cache protection against power loss. Tintri VMstore T5000 models are dual controller systems in active/passive configuration and support VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and OpenStack hypervisor managers like existing VMstore T800 series.
Fully VM-aware storage with peace of mind
All-Flash VMstore includes all VM-aware features we are used to have in Hybrid-Flash VMstore appliances, per-VM snapshots, per-VM replication and per-VM QoS are all available for VM admins. Tintri VMstore T5000 series is not about being first in synthetic SPC benchmarks, its value is in ease of management, per-VM control and high performance for real world workloads. Tintri VMstore offers peace of mind for VM admins who have enough to worry with rest of their infrastructure.
Tintri OS 4.0 and Tintri Global Center 2.1
With introduction of VMstore T5000 Tintri also announced Tintri OS 4.0 to enable support for All-Flash configurations. Other enhancements in Tintri OS 4.0 include File Level Restore from VM snapshot with help of SyncVM, in this release FLR works only with VMware VMs. For Hyper-V Tintri OS 4.0 brings SyncVM support, Auto discovery of Hyper-V hosts and SMB3 encryption support.
Tintri OS is unified OS and runs on all existing and previous VMstore models, this is very important for customers with older models as they can also benefit from always on-going development done at Tintri R&D.
Tintri Global Center (TGC) is centralized management for customer with multiple VMstore arrays. TGC will be updated to version 2.1 and it will include enhancements to allow QoS management on Service Group level (group of VMs with same data protection settings), TGC 2.1 will also allow automatic migration of VMs between Hybrid-Flash and All-Flash VMstores depending on their performance requirements.
In addition to All-Flash VMstore Tintri announced VMstack converged infrastructure. Tintri VMstack is comparable to competing solutions like EMC VSPEX and NetApp FlexPod. VMstack will be initially launched in US but EMEA will follow as program matures.
Disclaimer: Author of this article works for a Tintri reseller and integration partner Santa Monica Networks Oy, Finland.