I recently caught up with Deakin University one of our first customers in Australia to deploy Tintri.
Deakin University is one of Australia’s new generation of universities. Deakin University was established in 1974. It has four modern campuses located in the vicinity of Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road: one in metropolitan Melbourne, two in the bayside town of Geelong, and one in the picturesque regional seaside centre of Warrnambool. These campuses provide students and researchers with access to the latest industry-standard facilities such as Deakin’s Motion.Lab at the Melbourne Campus and the Geelong Technology Precinct at the Geelong Campus, Waurn Ponds. Deakin University has a strong international focus: around 7,900 (approximately 19%) of its 42,000 student body are from over 60 countries worldwide.
Deakin have 2 x T540’s located at the Geelong and Melbourne Campus’s (~100KM apart) and use ReplicateVM between these sites.
In my interview with Robert Ruge, Systems & Network Manager, School of IT, he had the following to say:
What made you choose Tintri vs your current storage?
I have been running my current storage for a few years now and every so often we would have an incident that would take our storage offline for just a bit too long which forced the VM’s to go offline. I think that we have now remedied this problem but at the same time the opportunity arose to look at our current storage solutions and to either extend or the current solution or to look at a more suitable product. I believe that a little storage diversity is good for operations so that if one product is giving problems your can move your VM’s around. I looked at iSCSI solutions but felt that I didn’t want to complicate our environment with another access method as I was quite happy with the current NFS access method. Tintri then came on the scene with a product that filled my requirements of being NFS based, SSD accelerated, stable, expandable and future looking.
How many VM’s are you currently running and what type of workloads?
We are currently running just over 70 VM’s on one VMstore with a second VMstore as a replication partner for DR. As I become more comfortable with the capacity for the VMstore to handle the workload I will move more workload onto it.
The VM workload is varied. Some of them are infrastructure and management VM’s, some are low usage SQL server database VM’s, but the majority are HPC VM’s for our research staff to use for their computational requirements. These are a mixture of Linux and Windows server.
Has the Vmstore made a difference to how you manage your virtual environment?
Yes it has made a difference to how I manage my virtual environment. I now have to do less management of the storage as it really is a simple appliance to setup and manage, plus the replication is a no brainer to setup and leave running. I had to be much more hands on with the replication on my existing storage.
What are the main features of the Vmstore that you most use/like?
Simplicity of management, economy of storage, replication and the dashboard. What’s not to like.
Other comments/feedback (positive and negative)?
Keep up the good work and keep expanding the solutions to which the appliance can be deployed to.
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.