On November 6th, we released a new set of hardware platforms, the VMstore T800 series, a major update to the Tintri OS, version 3.1, and a new software product that enables encryption of data at rest on VMstore systems. Having worked on the releases, I’m excited and proud of what our team accomplished. It’s game-changing.
Imagine being able to manage up to 1PB of storage and 35,000 virtual machines (VMs) in a rack with the VMstore T880. If you’re a storage-savvy tech person, you can understand why we’re thrilled. But I was recently discussing the new release with someone who doesn’t live and breathe storage. She understood that was a lot of capacity. But, she didn’t immediately get why it’s going to change today’s data centers and make managing VMs and data so much easier.
This is how I explained why we’re so excited. With data storage, you want to make everything bigger, faster, simpler, and cheaper. When you succeed, you lower capital expenditure because you get more capacity per dollar spent on hardware. You also spend less managing the storage and on power, space, and cooling. Incremental improvements are nice, but we released much more than an incremental improvement.
Tintri VMstore systems are already unmatched in their ability to support storage for VMs with density and ease of management. The VMstore T800 series basically increases the capacity density of VMstore systems by 300% and VM density by 75%. The VMstore T800 systems have the same basic footprint, use about the same amount of power, and require the same amount cooling. It’s like we introduced an 18-wheeler that uses the same amount of power as a pickup truck—only it’s also much faster and more agile. The enhanced agility is thanks to software enhancements.
We also introduced integration for our ReplicateVM software for VM-level replication between sites and VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM). How easy is it to integrate? The instructions fill only about three pages. My guess is that an experienced person could set up Tintri with their SRM in just a couple of hours. Making changes to the configuration after the initial setup is just as easy. Typically, configuring storage and replication for the SRM is nearly as complex as setting up the SRM and the business rules for site recovery. That translates into some serious time—setting up the SRM with competing storage solutions could take a week.
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.