As customers incorporate cloud management technologies as part of their infrastructure, mixed hypervisor environments are becoming pervasive. IDC recently surveyed 202 companies with more than 1000 employees. Of those, 59 percent indicated they have multiple hypervisors in their environments. Market research firm Enterprise Strategy Group’s survey of 440 IT reports that 65 percent of its respondents were using more than one hypervisor.
Given these market trends, we’ve recently announced the technology preview for our support for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) and today we are proud to announce the technology preview for our support for Microsoft Hyper-V, continuing our journey that started with bringing hypervisor-agnostic application-aware storage to virtualized environments and private cloud deployments on VMware vSphere. Tintri support for Hyper-V is currently in technology preview and will be generally available in the 2nd half of 2014.
Not all storage is created equal for running Hyper-V workloads:
Many traditional storage vendors claim they support multiple hypervisors. However, support for any hypervisor is a meaningless claim without native VM-level visibility and data management – snapshots, clones, replication, and quality of service (QoS). Tintri’s Hyper-V support differs from that of traditional storage systems on many dimensions –
Hyper-V for VMware users
Let us look at some of the similarities and the differences between Hyper-V and vSphere. At an architectural view Hyper-V looks very similar to vSphere, but there are some differences under the covers. Let’s start with a component by component comparison:
Under the hood:
Let us take a look at the high level deployment architectural view of Tintri’s integration into Hyper-V environments. Conceptually, many of the elements found in our integration into vSphere environments exist in our Hyper-V integration as well, but there are differences in both the components and how we integrate with those components the context of Hyper-V.
Run mixed workloads from multiple hypervisors concurrently:
Tintri’s fundamental value is application-awareness that is hypervisor agnostic, so VMs with varying resources needs (IOPS, latency, application characteristics, etc.) from multiple hypervisors can be concurrently run on a single VMstore while leveraging VM-level data management and visibility.
Experience the same application-aware data management functionality-see performance and capacity statistics create and manage Tintri space-efficient snapshots, zero space clones, and configure replication-at a VM-level across all the hypervisors are all fundamental part of Tintri VMstore systems. Moreover, run mixed workloads—server, VDI, and dev & test—on multiple hypervisors, concurrently with VM-level quality-of-service (QoS). With VM-level QoS functionality, storage performance is equitable and predictable.
By removing the language barriers that exist between virtualization and storage components of the infrastructure, Tintri VMstore systems provide a unifying experience in managing the end-to-end infrastructure in the language of VMs and applications.
Attending TechEd next week?
Tintri is a proud sponsor of the event and we’d be pleased to see you at Booth #109. Stop by the booth to see Hyper-V in action and to lean how our products can help you run your virtualized environments and private cloud deployments.
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