Tintri VMstore™


Tintri VMstore was designed from the ground up for virtual machines and cloud workloads, and purpose-built to take full advantage of flash storage. What does this mean for you, compared to traditional storage arrays? 

  • Deploy and connect to your hypervisor in less than 10 minutes

  • Obtain the same storage capacity and better performance with less space and lower power requirements

  • Achieve up to 98% reduction in annual storage management costs


“Thanks to Tintri, we finally have a VM storage solution that provides the performance we need with a small footprint — saving space, power and cooling in our lab and allowing us to scale efficiently. Compared to our previous storage, Tintri VMstore can accommodate twice the IOPS at less than a third of the latency in one fourth the footprint.”

- Yens Jimenez Steller, F5 Product Development Lab Manager
Read more: F5 Case Study

How do we do it?

  • Tintri’s application-aware file system offers VM-level visibility and manageability and enables mixed applications and use cases on a single VMstore.

  • Since the Tintri file system manages storage at the VM level, each VM effectively receives its own “QoS lane” to ensure high performance and avoid “noisy neighbor” issues.

  • Tintri FlashFirst™ design provides inline deduplication and compression, automatic block alignment, and delivers 99% of IO from flash, giving you the performance of pure flash without the high cost.

  • Tintri management and performance visualization tools analyze latency, performance and capacity on a per-VM basis, allowing instant identification of performance hot spots at the hypervisor, network or storage levels.

  • All of Tintri’s VM-level metrics and operations are available through the Tintri Automation Toolkit, enabling powerful monitoring and scripting integration through our PowerShell and PowerCLI interfaces.


Application-Aware Storage Architecture

Tintri VMstore is built on the industry's first application-aware storage architecture. 

Storage Intelligence: VMstore’s unique and patented Tintri FlashFirst™ design guarantees 99% of all I/O is served from flash with low latency. VMs also benefit from transparent VM-level QoS, performance allocation and auto-alignment, which ensure predictable, consistent performance for all VMs with no manual tuning.

Infrastructure Insight: VMstore tracks performance, including IOPS, throughput, latency and capacity utilization, at the individual VM and vDisk level. Administrators can detect performance and capacity trends and quickly identify performance trouble spots, even those not directly related to storage.

VM Control: VMstore allows for snapshot, clones and replication at the VM level. Using a redirect-on-write architecture, space-efficient VM snapshots have no impact on system performance.

Tintri Advantage

Ease of installation

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 hypervisor manager and migrating your VMs to the VMstore. 

Multihypervisor Support

Tintri VMstore supports VMware vSphere and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization environments, with support for Microsoft HyperV coming soon. Virtual machines from all supported environments can be managed together from the Tintri VMstore UI or from Tintri Global Center™ (licensed separately) which unifies up to 32 VMstore appliances and 64,000 virtual machines.

Manage VMs directly

With VMstore, 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.

Instant VM bottleneck visualization

Diagnose VM performance issues instantly. With Tintri VMstore, administrators gain 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 30-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. This assures performance for mission-critical applications or time-sensitive workloads, such as software builds.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

Tintri VMstore provides space-efficient clones at the VM level, and clone VMs are immediately visible to the hypervisor management console through available APIs. In the case of VMware vCenter, customization templates can be also be applied to clones directly from the Tintri administrative tool. 

Simple, Flexible and High-Performance VM Replication

With ReplicateVM™, licensed separately, you can protect and restore individual VMs with VM-level 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. 

Intuitive, actionable dashboard information

Managing performance is as easy as managing capacity with VMstore’s intuitive performance fuel gauge, eliminating all worries about VM storage performance. It gives you immediate visibility into available storage capacity and performance headroom on any Tintri VMstore appliance. 

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 will manage the details for you.

VM auto-alignment

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, improving VM performance by up to 30 percent.

High availability

VMstore uses a dual-controller architecture in an active-standby configuration in addition to redundant components and connectivity. 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 firmware updates and features like auto-alignment of VMs are non-disruptive. 

Scalable storage nodes

Scale-out storage in easy-to-add increments. Up to 32 VMstores, containing up to 64,000 virtual machines, can be managed from a single pane of glass with Tintri Global Center (licensed separately).

Enterprise Autosupport

VMstore uses a dual-controller architecture in an active-standby configuration in addition to redundant components and connectivity. 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 firmware updates and features like auto-alignment of VMs are non-disruptive. 








 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)


33.5 TB

13.5 TB

13.5 TB

Network Ports/Controller


Included: 2x 1GbE (RJ-45)

Included: 2x 1GbE (RJ-45)

Included: 2x 1GbE (RJ-45)


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

Included: 2x 10GbE (SFP+ or 10GBASE-T)
Optional: 2x dual port 10GBASE-T NIC (RJ-45 Cat-6a or Cat 7 copper)

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


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

Included: 2x 1 GbE (RJ-45)

Optional: 2x 1 GbE (SFP)

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

Software functionality

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

Physical specs


7" (178 mm) 4U rackmount

5.2" (132 mm) 3U rackmount

7" (178 mm) 4U rackmount


19" (483 mm)


28.5" (724 mm)

25.5" (648 mm)

28.5" (724 mm)


108 lbs (49 kg)

85 lbs (39 kg)

106 lbs (48.1 kg)

Power & Environmentals


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

100-140 V, 6 A (nom) / 8 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 , 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)


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

2,048 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)

 -40 °C to 70 °C (-40 °F to 158 °F)

-40 °C to 70 °C (-40 °F to 158 °F)

Operating humidity

8% to 90% (non-condensing)

18% to 90% (non-condensing)

8% to 90% (non-condensing)

Non-operating humidity

5% to 95% (non-condensing)





CSA/EN/IEC 60950-1, GOST


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



Product Support


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


Proactive support with automated phone home and case creation

SW Support


VMware vSphere 4.x and 5.x (NFS)
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.3+ (NFS)
Technology Preview: Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 (SMB3)

Desktop virtualization

VMware Horizon View and Citrix XenDesktop

Additional software

Multi-VMstore management

Tintri Global Center™


Tintri ReplicateVM™

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