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Introducing scale-out all-flash storage for virtualized environments and the cloud

Tintri Scale-Out and Tintri Analytics brings VM-awareness to a new layer of VM management. We've already pioneered VM-aware storage arrays. Now, it's time for more.

Introducing Tintri Scale-Out and Analytics
  • Tintri’s scale-out storage platform—a better way to scale-out storage for virtualized environments and the cloud. It’s easy to start with as little as 17 TB and scale up to 10 PB, all with just one employee to manage the storage.

  • VM scale-out software—the brain behind our new scale-out architecture, optimizing the placement of every virtual machine.

  • Nine new all-flash hardware systems—all 2U models with differing levels of performance and capacity.  Start with a T5040 and 17 TB of storage. With a T5080 you can go as large as 308 TB and 5,000 VMs.

  • Tintri Predictive Analytics—profile application types, model “what-if” scenarios and forecast your exact storage capacity and performance needs based on real application history, not guesses based on storage statistics.

  • Cloud suites that include all the hardware and software you need to realize cloud-like benefits or build your own private cloud. The Tintri Foundation Cloud offers up to 1.2 PB and 20,000 VMs in just 8U, and the Tintri Ultimate Cloud can manage up to 10 PB and 160,000 VMs in just 1.5 racks.

Today marks the biggest product launch in Tintri history.

We’re rolling out a new line of powerful products, all built on a Tintri VM-aware storage (VAS) foundation. And I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that they completely turn storage conventions on their head—in particular they present a far more modern and efficient way to scale-out storage.

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Introducing Tintri's scale-out storage platform.

Our scale-out storage platform

Scalability is the Holy Grail of data center storage. The dream is that you can start with a small storage configuration and grow it incrementally to a very large environment. Achieving this goal has been challenging because it is very difficult to meet multiple constraints. The ideal scalable storage needs to be cost-effective, high-performance and robust in the presence of failures. It should also be easy to manage at small and large scale. Finally, it should provide data management features like snapshots, replication and cloning. I would argue that no product has yet met all of these constraints for scalable primary storage.

The problem of scalability has also become harder over the last 5 years. Driven by the cloud, the idea of what "large scale" means has grown. Large scale is now tens or hundreds of thousands of applications, not hundreds or thousands. In addition, because of the use of flash, performance expectations have increased, and sub-millisecond latency is expected.

Today, we are launching a new scale-out storage platform that we believe will transform data center storage. It is designed for the modern data center where applications are virtualized and the storage is all flash. With the scale-out platform, you can start with a single 17 TB all-flash node and grow to 10 PB. You can manage from hundreds of VMs to hundreds of thousands, all from a single management console and with just one employee. This scale-out simplicity is only possible because the platform is built on Tintri’s VM-aware storage.

We have taken an approach to scaling that is similar to the way that VMware scales compute using Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS). DRS is based on federated pools of compute nodes, and our architecture is based on federated pools of storage. You’re able to mix and match different kinds of storage nodes, all flash and hybrid nodes.  And it’s futureproof—our platform accommodates all existing VMstores and future VMstores for total investment protection.

The architecture is designed for scalability, performance and availability. Today we support a maximum of 32 storage nodes. However the architecture is designed to support much larger configurations. There is no custom network interconnect between the nodes. There is also separation of control and data flow. Reads and writes do not need to be forwarded via an intermediary node.

VM scale-out software

Today's announcement includes a new foundational piece of Tintri's scale-out platform, which we call VM Scale-Out. The VM Scale-Out software uses a sophisticated algorithm to optimize the distribution of virtual machines.  It constantly works in the background to identify the best placement for every VM.

The VM Scale-Out software makes placement recommendations based on actual data about your VMs’ behavior. In a large scale system, the algorithm crunches more than one million statistics every ten seconds, looking back 30 days to capture data peaks and not just averages. The software recommends placement based on the capacity and performance requirements of each VM —it even considers snapshots, clones, thin provisioning and storage activity to ensure it is moving the least amount of data in the shortest time. And when a VM is migrated to a new storage node, the data protection and QoS policies you’ve set for them will follow, along with snapshots and statistics.

Want to read more? Check out the Tintri Scale-Out page for more information.

Scale storage differently

Introducing Tintri Ultimate Cloud: offering more than 10 PB for 160,000 VMs in just 1.5 racks.

New all-flash hardware

Of course, with our software announcement comes new, expanded hardware. We’re rolling out nine new models in our Tintri VMstore T5000 All-Flash series, ranging from 17 TB to 300 TB. Here are the details.


Entry Capacity

Mid Capacity

Max Capacity

VM Capacity


17 TB

35 TB

77 TB

1,500 VMs


35 TB

69 TB

154 TB

2,500 VMs


69 TB

139 TB

308 TB

5,000 VMs


We’ve increased the capacity of our largest all-flash system by a factor of 4. Some of the systems are half-populated, and these can be expanded without additional cabling in just a few minutes—so you can buy one model and double its capacity later on. All can be members of a VM scale-out pool.

And if you’re worried about cost, the $/GB for many of these all-flash systems is lower than that of disk-based and hybrid systems—and our $/VM outclasses the competition.

We’ve also made these new configurations available as part of two pre-configured cloud suites. Tintri Foundation Cloud offers 1.2 PB of capacity for up to 20,000 VMs in just 8U and the Tintri Ultimate Cloud offers more than 10 PB for 160,000 VMs in just 1.5 racks. Both suites include all the software you need to scale-out with just one employee.

For more information on our all-flash hardware, please visit our Tintri All-Flash page for more information.

Expand your all-flash horizons

Tintri predictive analytics

Plenty of storage players claim to offer predictive analytics, but they are not useful for making decisions about applications. Why? LUNs and volumes.

Each LUN or volume is used for the storage of tens or even hundreds of VMs. Conventional storage can tell you the average performance of a LUN or volume.  But there is a big problem with using averages. Think about what happens when Bill Gates visits a McDonalds. The average net worth of the restaurant’s patrons is in the billions. You get the same issue when you look at average LUN performance. It may not tell you much about the data for an individual VM. In contrast, Tintri VM-aware storage maintains detailed data about an individual virtual machine, and provides the right information you can use to make decisions.

With our new predictive analytics you can profile classes of applications—grouping (for example) all your SQL servers. You can see their average use of capacity and performance and then drill into each individual SQL server to spot outliers that need attention. When you’re asked to add 20 more SQL servers to your footprint, you can use information about your current profile to model the impact on your footprint.

And with total VM-level visibility, Tintri can forecast your need for storage capacity and performance with precision. You can analyze up to three years of historical data or zoom into more recent patterns. And this is no chore—we’ve used the latest Apache Spark and Elastic search technologies, so crunching data on half a million VMs takes less than one second.

If you’d like to learn more, please visit the Tintri Analytics page, or watch our Tintri Analytics Video series below.

Get VM-level predictive insights

All of the above proves this is Tintri’s biggest ever product launch. These innovations are only possible because of the foundation of VM-aware storage, and so only Tintri can simplify scale-out in this way. Of course, behind the external simplicity is a great deal of thought and effort, and so I suggest you stay tuned for our webinar during this launch week to learn even more about VM Scale-Out and Tintri Analytics. My colleagues will continue to pull back the covers.

And for the closest possible look, we always invite you to get in touch and schedule a demo. Or, check out our interactive demo. We’d love to help you see storage differently.

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Kieran Harty / May 17, 2016

Kieran is the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Tintri.  Prior to becoming CTO, Kieran served as CEO and Chairman of Tintri. Before founding Tintri, he was Executive Vice President of ...more