Going beyond the typical hype associated with new feature announcements, the Tintri Technical Marketing team decided to take a look at a new capability specific to the Tintri EC6000 storage platform. You may have seen recent communications from Tintri which touted the name “FlexDrive”—the ability to non-disruptively increase storage capacity with flexible options in relation to the number of drives you can add. As this flexibility offers the ability to add drives with a granularity of one, you can understand why the Tech Marketing team here still tend to use the term “drive-by-drive expansion” when discussing this capability.
Half-populated Tintri EC6000 systems are available to order with as few as 13 solid-state drives. These partially populated EC6000 systems can then be field upgraded to increase effective file system capacity, as required. Support for drive-by-drive expansion begins with Tintri OS version 4.4.1, with planned general availability in late Q4 of this year.
Adding storage capacity isn’t new earth shattering technology. So what makes this feature different? On the surface we started with questions, skeptical of how the feature could assist users in addressing common business challenges:
We decided to investigate further. We went into the lab, performed a number of capacity upgrades, and in the process, uncovered a number of data points we found significant. Here’s what we found:
And (if you are still wanting more) here’s the marketing hype …
This on-demand Tintri Tech 20/20 webinar will feature a look at Tintri analytics, the expansion estimator, and a live-without-a-net capacity upgrade.
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