NHH’s storage system became a bottleneck as the school began to virtualize more of its infrastructure. Tier-1 applications suffered performance issues with legacy, disk-based storage hardware in production. The university debated adding flash as cache to its existing solution, but deemed that approach unrealistic due to both its prohibitive cost and the overly complex management it would require.
NHH previously used Fibre Channel (FC)-based datastores in its virtualization environment. As the company’s virtual infrastructure began to grow, performance with storage became an issue, and even for simple workloads NHH was not able to get adequate performance.
NHH learned about Tintri at VMworld 2011 and evaluated their solution against a number of other block-based storage systems.
Unique control with VM-level actions for infrastructure functions including snapshots, replication and QoS make protection and performance certain in production, and accelerate test and development cycles.