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MetaBank Invests in Tintri Storage

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MetaBank Invests in Tintri Storage

Tintri Systems Provide High Performance for Virtual Environment


MetaBank is a federally chartered savings bank headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. From its beginnings in Storm Lake, Iowa back in 1954, it has grown to become one of the top mid-size banks in the United States. MetaBank now provides a variety of financial products and services to meet the needs of its commercial, agricultural, and retail customers from eleven bank offices located across Iowa and South Dakota. As a recognized leader in the industry, MetaBank has been named among the top community banks and thrifts and the top-performing mid-sized banks in the nation year after year.

IT Challenges 

MetaBank had been relying on a grid architecture storage systems at its Sioux Falls datacenter. “The grid architecture SAN wasn’t providing consistent enough performance for our virtual desktop environment,” noted Ryan Sturm, director of system and application administration at MetaBank. 

Between 100 and 150 employees are now using the virtual desktops to access many of the bank’s applications. “We always wanted storage that was dedicated to our VDI environment, but for budgetary reasons, our virtualized desktops were always put on the traditional storage arrays with our physical servers,” noted Sturm. “Performance on the old storage systems left a lot to be desired by every end user in our company. Our goal was to put VDI on its own ‘island’ of storage, so it wouldn’t be affected by our resource-intensive MS SQL and Exchange workloads. Whenever the demand for those applications increased, the VDI workload always suffered the most in terms of performance and latency.”

Finding Tintri

System Administration Manager Luke Schwingler was first introduced to Tintri at VMworld in 2012. “I spoke with a gentleman from William Woods University in Missouri,” Schwingler recalled. “He was a huge advocate of Tintri with a lot of real-world experience on VDI and performance monitoring. He explained how they were utilizing the storage at the University and told me to go talk to the guys at Tintri. He had tested a lot of different vendors’ options, including several all flash systems, and had chosen Tintri due to its superior performance and manageability.” 

After a careful review, Sturm and Schwingler purchased one Tintri T620 system for MetaBank’s virtualized environment. “The deployment was as simple as everyone told us it would be,” Schwingler reported. “We connected the power cords to the Tintri system, attached the Ethernet cables, gave it an IP address, and we were ready to go.”



Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Virtualization environment

Microsoft Hyper-V

Current storage: distributed grid array from a large SAN vendor

VM profile

MS Server 2012 R2 RDS VDI and Financial Fraud / Compliance Hyper-V servers

Key challenges

Existing storage system was delivering inconsistent performance for VDI

​Tintri Solution

Tintri VMstore™ T620 systems

Primary use case

Tintri is being used for all virtual desktop and certain critical server workloads

Business benefits

Obtained higher performance for virtual applications and servers

Eliminated all calls to the helpdesk complaining of slow performance due to storage bottlenecks

Obtained excellent, proactive support