Updates from Tintri DownUnder

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Things have been very busy lately in Tintri land down under, so unfortunately blog updates have taken a back seat.

Where to start?

I was extremely pleased to receive my second vExpert award for 2014. Congratulations to all my fellow vExperts out there and look forward to catching up again at VMworld this year.

In the last few months as the team introduced Tintri to the masses in APAC/ANZ, our messaging and approach is very different to what I’ve done & seen in the past with NetApp (or any other storage vendor I’ve worked for).

What’s different about Tintri you may ask? What makes Tintri different to all the other new storage vendors out there? This is a question I love being asked.

In life we like to compare things to each other, especially when a new product or technology comes into the market. The belief is by comparing something new to something we are familiar with we can naturally understand it better. That’s just human nature.

The challenge comes when we see something different and try to fit a square peg in a round hole and end up with the wrong conclusion. We then end up outside our comfort zone of understanding.

Ok, so how does this relate to storage and virtualisation? As mentioned we like to put products in to categories.


The above diagram show the typical ‘buckets’ we like to categorise storage into. We could add SAN and even all Flash to this list.

Tintri VMstore is a new class of ‘Smart” storage. Why? Well, going back to the beginning in 2008, Tintri developed a virtualisation storage appliance that only understand VM’s and vDisks.

My previous blog posts go into more details on how we do things differently from a technology perspective, but the guiding principles behind what we do is all about the VM’s and the applications they run.

What makes Tintri ‘Smart storage’?

It “Sees”

The VMstore see at the right level of abstraction. A top down & bottom up approach. In order to deliver the right storage resources to a VM/vDisk you have to see what every vDisk is doing.

This also brings the added benefit of providing visibility and control at a VM/vDisk layer.

It “Learns”

In a virtual environment workloads change. Building a traditional storage platform (LUN’s, Volumes, RAID groups) is fine on day one, but you have to chop and change the layout when workloads change. As a result the business can suffer due to these rigid constraints when you need to add more virtual workloads (i.e. another 1000 desktops for example).

Because the VMstore understands the active working set of a VM it can adapt as workloads change. In fact the system is constantly learning what each VM is doing based on historical data and allocates storage resources as it goes. This gives organisations the flexibility to easily manage workload change and bring onboard new application workloads without a complete storage re-design.

It “Adapts”

The infrastructure itself is smart, so you can focus on what’s important.

A VMstore continuously dedicates resources per vDisk, providing performance isolation for individual workloads. Every vDisk gets at least some resources. No vDisk gets all of an individual resource.
These resources are not just flash. Also memory, CPU, disk IOPS, and network.

A great analogy for this is the smartphone. Lots of complexity going on inside, but presented in a very easy and user friendly way. How did we ever get from A to B before smartphones etc? You’d print out the directions using MapQuest get in your car and hopefully reach your destination on time. Worst case you’d have to stop and ask someone directions several times and end up being late.

Tintri is truly “Smart Storage”

Latest new from Tintri:

These has been plenty of stuff going on over the past month or so since I last blogged. Here’s a summary with some links to more information.

Support for both RedHat RHEV and Microsoft Hyper-V was recently announced. A live demo of Hyper-V will be showing at TechEd US (May 12th to 15th at Booth 109).

For further details on the Hyper-V release see the following Tintri blog post: http://www.tintri.com/blog/2014/05/support-microsoft-hyper-v

You may also have noticed a new logo and branding? Take a look at the new look tintri website. Looks great!

Also, on the desktop/VDI side of things Tintri updated support for the latest Citrix XenDesktop offerings. My colleague Rob Girard did a blog post on this last week. He does it much better justice than I can 😉


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