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We Believe in Choice and in Ecosystem!

Recently, I had a chance to listen to Rex Walters, an early Tintri employee, deliver his “We believe” presentation. His talk outlined the philosophy behind why and how we build a storage system specifically for virtual machines.

The main ideas are:

  1. We believe that using traditional storage in virtualized environments is like forcing a square peg in a round hole.
  2. We believe that storage in virtualized environments needs to natively understand virtual machines and not be based around LUNs, volumes, and RAID groups.
  3. We believe that storage management should cater to the application needs and not to the infrastructure needs.

This led to the creation of Tintri smart storage, which is purpose built for virtualized environments and is VM-aware from day one. Per-VM data management allows administrators to create Tintri space- and performance-efficient snapshots and clones, while WAN-efficient replication enables data protection—all at the VM level. Tintri Global Center provides a centralized control platform for scaling out geographically-dispersed VMstore systems.

Today, I want to share two additional core beliefs:

  1. We believe that storage and server administrators should be empowered to leverage Tintri VM-aware functionality from their native and familiar tools.
  2. We believe that when storage is tightly integrated into the hypervisor ecosystem, infrastructure management is  simplified. When we integrate ecosystem components, everyone benefits.

This was the thinking behind the development of the Tintri vSphere Web Client Plugin and today's announcement of the technical preview of this software.

The Tintri vSphere Web Client Plugin enables VMware admins to leverage Tintri VM-aware capabilities directly from VMware vCenter.  Tintri vSphere Web Client Plugin is the next major step in a multi-phase journey of enhancing the VMware ecosystem integration, a journey that we embarked on with Tintri vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) support, which enables creation of Tintri space and performance efficient clones from vCenter.

The key pillars of Tintri vSphere Web Client plugin are threefold:

  1. Centralized Storage Monitoring:  Tintri vSphere Web Client Plugin provides VMstore level dashboard information – similar to what is available from a VMstore UI. For example, in Tintri vSphere Web Client Plugin, administrators can view the ‘performance fuel gauge’ that provides immediate visibility into the performance headroom in the Tintri VMstore appliance.

    Centralized Storage Monitoring
     
  2. Simple and Flexible Configuration: Tintri vSphere Web Client Plugin is simple to install and configure and administrators can add a new VMstore and a datastore to the vCenter infrastructure with just a few clicks. Each VMstore appliance appears as a single datastore in vCenter, making it easy to scale and manage multiple VMstore systems as a VMware Storage DRS cluster.


    Simple and Flexible Configuration
     
  3. Per-VM Data Management: Similar to Tintri VMstore user interface, Tintri vSphere Web Client Plugin enables per-VM Tintri space and performance efficient snapshots and clones and allows remote protection via WAN efficient replication.  Tintri vSphere Web Client Plugin also provides end-to-end visibility into performance metrics of a VM both in real-time basis as well as historical data for easier troubleshooting.


    Per-VM Data Management

You can view a demonstration of the product:

The software is available for download, if you have a Tintri VMstore and want to give it a try.

We believe that with Tintri vSphere Web Client Plugin, administrators will like the ability to leverage Tintri VM-aware benefits directly from within vCenter interface and will enjoy the flexibility of using the interface(s) that is most convenient to them.

On to the next step in growing the ecosystem!

Vineet Kakani / Mar 20, 2014

Vineet has more than 10 years of experience in building products in the storage and virtualization space. Currently at Tintri, he is in charge of Product Management for Tintri Global Center and Ec...more

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