Tintri VMstore™

Overview

Built on the industry’s first and leading VM-Aware storage architecture, Tintri VMstore addresses the mismatch between storage and virtualization. The result is a predictable and efficient environment that is capable of handling all of your virtualized applications and desktops, and an IT team that is free to focus on innovation.

Match the Intelligence of your VMs

  • Set-up in minutes. No complex storage configuration or tuning required by only dealing with auto-aligned VMs and vDisks and not LUNs and volumes.
  • Get the performance of flash with the economics of high capacity HDD with Tintri FlashFirst™ design delivering 99% of IO from flash.
  • Serve hundreds of different type of VMs from a single VMstore with VM-level QoS and performance allocation.

Eliminate bottlenecks with Infrastructure Insight

  • Get a global view of all VMs stored and identify performance and capacity trends without dealing with underlying storage.
  • Instantly identify performance hot spots at the hypervisor, network and storage level with comprehensive performance visualization.

Stay in Control of VMs

  • Protect individual VMs with customizable policies for VM-level instant snapshots taking up no additional space and WAN-efficient replication requiring only a fraction of the bandwidth.
  • Take hundreds of high performance zero-space clones through Tintri or virtualization tools locally or remotely to speed up VDI and dev/test projects.
Technology

VM-Aware Storage Architecture

Tintri VMstore is built on the industry's first and leading VM-Aware Storage Architecture. This means it understands and operates on VMs and virtual disks — instead of conventional storage objects such as volumes and LUNs. All storage operations such as snapshots, clones, and replication are done at VM level, which eliminates the need to deal with underlying the complexity of traditional storage.

The innovation underlying the Tintri VMstore includes:

Storage Intelligence: VMstore leverages a patented and unique Tintri FlashFirst™ design for storing and serving VMs. This hybrid flash-based SSDs and high capacity disk drive approach uses flash as a first-class storage medium. Dedupe and compression increases the amount of data that can be stored in flash. The system actively tracks I/O for different VMs keeping only the active data in flash. As a result 99% of all I/O is served from flash with average sub-millisecond latencies. VMs also benefit from transparent VM-level QoS, performance allocation and auto-alignment, which ensures predictable, consistent performance for all VMs with Zero Management.

Infrastructure Insight: VMstore provides a detailed view of performance including size, I/O, throughput, utilization and latency at the individual VM and virtual disk level without additional software or agents. The end-to-end view of performance is compiled from vCenter and the VMstore itself, which knows for each I/O request the corresponding VM. Administrators can detect performance and capacity trends and quickly identify performance trouble spots. The Tintri VAAI-NFS extended statistics primitive enables visibility into space usage on Tintri VMstore, especially for thin provisioned disks.

VM Control: VMstore allows for snapshot, clones and replication to operate at the VM level. Using a redirect-on-write architecture, space efficient VM snapshots have no impact on the system performance. Similarly replication of the VMs only sends compressed, deduplicated data between two systems reducing the network burden of replication by as much as 95%. With VAAI-NFS support, VMstore allows admins to take native space efficient clones of individual VMs from VMware tools, accelerating projects such as VDI and test/dev.

High Availability and Enterprise Support

Tintri VMstore is designed to fully capitalize on the latest multi-level cell (MLC) flash technology. The patented Tintri FlashFirst™ design tackles the issues of write amplification and flash life/wear issues with careful management of VM data being written to flash and using flash-optimized dual parity RAID. This ensures higher availability than traditional storage deployments involving SSDs.

On the system front, in addition to redundant components and connectivity the system makes use a dual-controller architecture in an active-standby configuration. This dual-controller setup ensures the system is serving VMs with no change in performance even if a failover occurs. As an added benefit, controller OS/software updates like auto-alignment of virtualization are non-disruptive in nature.

Tintri also provides proactive support with SSL-encrypted auto-support and one-button diagnostic data collection. Results are quickly and reliably sent via the cloud, enabling quick diagnosis and problem resolution without relying on e-mail and manual log file collection.

Tintri Advantage

Manage VMs directly

Spend less time managing and troubleshooting VM and storage interactions. Tintri VMstore™ is built on a VM-Aware Storage architecture and eliminates complexity by relating the storage infrastructure directly to the VMs and business applications. There are no LUNs or volumes, tiers, RAID groups or other traditional storage objects that create complexity in a virtualized environment. Provisioning storage for VMs is simpler and faster. VMware™ administrators will feel right at home: The VM objects in VMstore are the same ones used in VMware vCenter™, and the VMs and vDisks will be familiar to VMware vSphere™ users.


Instant VM bottleneck visualization

Diagnose VM performance issues instantly. VM administrators dread troubleshooting performance bottlenecks. It is one of the most tedious VM management tasks. Triage meetings are often described as “pin the blame meetings.” Is it the host, network, storage or something else? With Tintri VMstore, administrators now have easy, instant visibility — from the guest OS layer to the storage layer. They can see per-VM or per-vDisk latency at any infrastructure layer, identify the source of performance issues, and take immediate action. VMstore also maintains historical latency data automatically, giving administrators a graphical seven-day view of performance.


Performance isolation and QoS for VMs

Get the right quality of service for all your VMs. Since Tintri VMstore uses VM abstractions internally, it monitors and controls IO for each vDisk, to provide performance isolation and QoS at a VM and vDisk level. The Tintri file system maps each IO request—read, write and metadata operation—directly to a virtual disk. Tintri FlashFirst design allows VMs the right level of resources when they need it — without the complexity or cost of legacy shared storage systems. Unlike other storage solutions with a read-only flash cache, Tintri VMstore is designed from the ground-up as an integrated flash/disk architecture that can both read and write to flash, making full use of its potential to deliver the appropriate quality of service for each VM. As a result of the built-in quality of service VM workloads with different performance characteristics can all be consolidated on to a single storage system for efficient resource utilization and management simplicity and virtualization-resistant applications can be easily virtualized.

Assure performance for specific VMs and vDisks by pinning to flash. Tintri VMstore can isolate VMs and even individual vDisks that demand guaranteed performance by pinning them to flash. This assures performance for mission-critical applications or time-sensitive workloads, such as software builds.


Advanced VM-Granular Snapshots and Clones

With Tintri VMstore, you get fast, efficient storage level data protection with advanced per-VM snapshots and clones. Operations like cloning and snapshots are at the VM-level, which when combined with Tintri’s inline deduplication and compression makes them extremely space and performance efficient. Default snapshot schedules protect every VM automatically, while custom schedules on a per VM basis allow users to meet their specific data protection needs. Tintri VMstore supports up to 128 snapshots per VM.

Tintri VMstore provides space-efficient clones at the VM level and because of native vCenter integration, the clone VMs are immediately visible to the hypervisor management console. Customization templates defined in VMware vCenter can be also be applied to clones directly from the Tintri administrative tool. Advanced cloning with support for VMware vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) lets you create hundreds of clones to support VDI, instant provisioning, and test and development environments from VMware management tools such as the VMware vSphere Client, VMware vCloud Director, and VMware View.


Simple, Flexible and High-Performance VM Replication

Protect and restore individual VMs with VM-granular replication. Enabling replication for a VM is as simple as checking a box. Restoring from replicated copies takes just a few mouse clicks and is as easy as restoring from a local copy. Per-VM, customizable data protection policies allow RPOs as low as 15 minutes and simplifies planning, monitoring and data protection policy changes.

Achieve dramatic WAN and storage efficiency with per-VM replication that only replicates incremental block-level changes between VM snapshots after dedupe and compression, providing up to 95 percent reduction in WAN utilization. Multiple systems replicating to a single system provide additional WAN efficiency because of global deduplication.

Native per-VM cloning and per-VM replication allow efficient creation of clone VMs on remote VMstore systems to create fully functional VMs on-demand anywhere in the infrastructure. Remote clone VM provisioning is bandwidth efficient and reduces resource consumption on hosts. Ability to efficiently create VMs on any datastore increases VM agility and significantly simplifies managing large-scale virtual environments.


Intuitive, actionable dashboard information

Managing performance is as easy as managing capacity with intuitive performance fuel gauge. With Tintri VMstore, eliminate worries about VM storage performance. A unique “fuel gauge” gives you immediate visibility to both the available storage capacity and performance headroom on any Tintri VMstore appliance. For the first time, this gives you predictable storage performance with a single, easy-to-use metric. Two aggregate indicators with drilldown capability let you keep tabs on your VMs.

 

Detect problems before they begin with “top changer VMs” on the dashboard. The Tintri VMstore dashboard quickly identifies VMs with the most changes in performance or capacity requirements in the past seven days. You don’t need to understand how VMs map to the storage components — all you need to know is the name of the VM — Tintri VMstore manages the details for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


VM auto-alignment

Improve VM performance by up to 30 percent. Misaligned guest file systems and underlying storage degrades performance, amplifying IO requirements. Re-aligning them is difficult and time-consuming — and administrators rarely have the luxury to address it. For conventional storage arrays, re-alignment means manually remapping the guest file system. Fortunately, Tintri VMstore automatically aligns VMs, strengthening performance. It adapts the storage layer to the guest file system without user interaction or service impact. Learn more about how alignment affects VMs, and how Tintri VMstore helps.


Scalable storage nodes

Scale-out storage in easy-to-add increments. Tintri VMstore integrates software and hardware capability in to a field-serviceable storage appliance, built from the ground-up to run VMs. It plugs into your existing environment as an NFS appliance — each device is a single datastore with 13.5 TB of usable storage. A file system designed to take full advantage of flash, multicore CPUs and 10GbE delivers the performance you need for your VMs. Each VMstore appliance accommodates up to 1,000 VMs and appears as a single datastore in VMware vCenter, making it easy to scale and manage each node as part of a VMware Storage DRS cluster.


Easy to set-up and manage

Storage that’s as simple to manage as your hypervisor servers. Tintri VMstore can be set up and configured in minutes. No complex storage configuration required. Once the appliance is powered on, it’s as simple as connecting it to your VMware vCenter Server™ and migrating VMs to the VMstore. Each node is a single datastore, making it easy to map to your VMware vSphere™ hosts. What’s more, when you add new VMs, you won’t need to worry about configuring new LUNs, volumes, RAID groups or any other complex storage objects — since there are none.

Demos

Demos On Demand: Tintri VMstore in Action

Play demoThis demo features a live demo of the Tintri VMstore.

 

 

 

Demos On Demand: Storage for Virtualization

Play demoThis demo features attributes of storage that is purpose built for virtualization.

 

 

 

VMstore Overview Demo

This video demonstration goes through the operation of the Tintri VMstore.

 

 

Simple Installation Demo

See how easy it is to install and configure a Tintri VMstore.

 

 

Performance Troubleshooting Demo

Take the guesswork out of troubleshooting VM performance. The Tintri dashboard can show the location of bottlenecks, whether they are in the storage, the network, or the host.

 

 

For more video demonstrations, see the video listings in the Resource Library,

Specifications
    T650

T540

T620

Capacity

Raw

 49.32 TB (9x 480 GB SSD + 15x 3 TB HDD)

26.4 TB (8x 300 GB SSD + 8 x 3 TB HDD)

19.44 TB (6x 240 GB SSD + 18x 1 TB HDD)

Usable

33.5 TB

13.5 TB

13.5 TB

Network Ports/Controller

Management

Included: 2x 1GbE (RJ-45)

Included: 2x 1GbE (RJ-45)

Included: 2x 1GbE (RJ-45)

Data

Included: 2x 10GbE (SFP+ or 10GBASE-T)

Option 1: 2x 10GbE (10GBASE-SR LC fibre or SFP+ direct attach copper)
Option 2: 2x 10GbE (RJ-45)

Included: 2x 1GbE (RJ-45)
Optional: 2x 10GbE (SFP+ or 10GBASE-T)

Replication

Included: 2x 1 GbE (RJ-45)
Optional: 2x 1 GbE (SFP)

Optional: 2x 1GbE (RJ-45)
Optional: 2x 1GbE (SFP)

Optional: 2x 1GbE (RJ-45)
Optional: 2x 1GbE (SFP)

Software functionality

Ethernet failover link aggregation, VLAN tagging, IP aliasing, LACP

Physical specs

Height

7" (178 mm) 4U rackmount

5.2" (132 mm) 3U rackmount

7" (178 mm) 4U rackmount

Width

19" (483 mm)

Depth

28.5" (724 mm)

25.5" (648 mm)

28.5" (724 mm)

Weight

108 lbs/49 kgs

85 lbs/39 kgs

106 lbs/48.1 kgs

Power & Environmentals

Power

100-140 V -- 7 A (nom) / 8.5 A (max) @ 50-60 Hz

100-140 V -- 6 A (nom) / 7.5 A (max) @ 50-60 Hz

100-140 V -- 6 A (nom) / 7.5 A (max) @ 50-60 Hz

180-240 V -- 4 A (nom) / 4.8 A (max) @ 50-60 Hz

180-240 V -- 3.3 A (nom) / 4 A (max) @ 50-60 Hz

180-240 V -- 3.5 A (nom) / 4.2 A (max) @ 50-60 Hz

700 W (nom) / 1000 W (max)

600 W (nom) / 750 W (max)

600 W (nom) / 800 W (max)

Thermal

2,400 BTU (nom) / 3,415 BTU (max)

2,050 BTU (nom) / 2,560 BTU (max)

2,050 BTU (nom) / 2,730 BTU (max)

Operating temperature

 5 °C to 40 °C (41 °F to 104 °F)

 10 °C to 35 °C (50 °F to 95 °F)

 5 °C to 40 °C (41 °F to 104 °F)

Non-operating temperature

-40 °C to 70 °C (-40 °F to 158 °F)

 -20 °C to 70 °C (-4 °F to 148 °F)

-40 °C to 70 °C (-40 °F to 158 °F)

Operating humidity

8% to 90% (non-condensing)

10% to 85% (non-condensing)

8% to 90% (non-condensing)

Non-operating humidity

5% to 95% (non-condensing)

Regulatory

Compliance

RoHS

Safety

CSA/EN/IEC 60950-1, GOST

Emissions

FCC Class A, ICES-003 Class A, VCCI Class A

Agency

CE, CSA, VCCI, CCC

Product Support

Administration

Tintri Global Center, Web interface (HTTPS), KVM (console), SMTP and SNMP for alerts

Support

Proactive support with automated phone home and case creation

SW Support

Hypervisor

VMware vSphere 4.x and 5.x (NFS)

Desktop virtualization

VMware Horizon View and Citrix XenDesktop

*Capacity values are based on Base 10 (i.e., 1 TB = 1,000,000,000,000 bytes)