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Tintri adds tincture of all-flash array to its range

Crafts a converged infrastructure offering for channel

Hybrid array upstart Tintri has launched its first all-flash array (AFA) along with a VMstack Converged Infrastructure for its channel partners to build and sell.

The sub-millisecond-latency VMstore T5000 joins the three existing T800 hybrid array products with Tintri’s OS, now at v4.0, running across all five and providing a single panel of management though Tintri Global Center (TGC) v2.1.


Tintri product range

The T5000 is designed for “large database farms, analytics workloads and large persistent virtual desktops, which demand predictable, high throughput and sub-millisecond latency across their entire multi-terabyte capacity”. The T800 products remain in place and are aimed at “most server virtualisation, VDI, private cloud and test and development use cases”.

A rack of T5000s can store 100,000 VMs, hold 1.4PB of data and deliver 4 million IOPS. Multiple hypervisors are supported; vSphere, Hyper-V, OpenStack and Red Hat Enterprise Virtusalisation.

Tintri says TGC provides real-time, VM-level analytics for more than 100,000 virtual machines. It can identify VMs that would benefit from moving to an all-flash array and enable VM admins to migrate those VMs. Service groups of VMs can have quality of service and data protection policies applied to them. If a VM in the service group gets moved to another VMstore array, its service group settings move with it.

By bringing out an AFA, Tintri is joining the hottest competitive area in the IT market, fighting for customers with Dell, EMC, Kaminario, HDS, HP, NetApp, Oracle, Pure Storage, SolidFire, Tegile, Violin Memory, X-IO and Fujitsu: that’s 14 mainstream suppliers, plus sundry others like Aupera. Tintri’s existing customer base should be a welcome target for these systems, as they now have a wider choice of hardware boxes on which to store their VMs and data.

Now, the VMstack: this is like a reference architecture combining server, networking and storage (VMstore if course) with Tintri calling it a converged infrastructure, where others would hype their equivalent product and say it’s hyper-converged. There are three VMstacks:

  • VMstack for Server Virtualisation – based on vSphere, Hyper-V or RHEV and sized for typical apps
  • VMstack for VDI – based on Horizon View or Xen Desktop, running on supported hypervisor platforms, sized for various user counts and concurrent desktop use
  • VMstack for Private Cloud – based on VMware’s vRealize Suite or OpenStack and sized for large numbers of dynamic workloads with a high rate of change

Tintri says VMstacks offer a choice of storage platform, hypervisor, compute and network infrastructure. Those with Cisco hardware also receive global Level 1 (24x7) support from San Jose's finest. Tintri’s channel should welcome this added offering as it gives them an answer to Hyper-converged Infrastructure Appliance (HCIA) offerings from their competitors.

Investors in the recent funding round must have known that the T5000s and VMstack were coming; it make's their willingness to invest more understandable.

VMstore T5000s are available for ordering worldwide and are expected to ship in September. ®

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