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IDC and Tintri identify industry-wide issues with virtual infrastructures

New report sites lack of ‘I/O blender effect’ awareness in the industry

Mountain View, Calif. & London, UK. June 25 2014 – Tintri, the leading producer of smart storage for virtualisation and cloud environments, today announced the findings of a new IDC market spotlight report: “Application-aware storage for virtual environments”. Featuring survey results, the report highlights the industry-wide issue of over provisioning storage as organisations continue to embrace virtualisation.

Some key takeaways from the report include:

  • Legacy storage isn’t suited to virtualised environments: Today’s legacy storage architectures are built around LUN or volume-level, which doesn’t allow administrators to manage their virtualised environment at the VM-level.
  • I/O blender effect: With virtualisation, each server (VM) no longer writes directly to disk. It writes to the hypervisor, which then writes to the disk, giving multiple and complex I/O streams and lowering performance.
  • Over provisioning storage: Administrators generally add more spinning disk to maintain IOPS in the virtual environment. This results in as much as 40-60 per cent over provisioning of storage.
  • Understanding the problem: Only 35 per cent of respondents were familiar with the term I/O blender effect, but of those, 67 per cent had quantitatively characterised its impact on their virtual application performance.

When it comes to delivering acceptable application performance, virtualized environments require significantly more IOPS than legacy storage systems are able to cost-effectively provide. This is because of the I/O blender effect. The report indicates that of those administrators who understand the problem, a high percentage are taking specific steps to address it.

Kieran Harty, CTO & Co-Founder, Tintri said: “This IDC report demonstrates that the I/O blender effect is a real problem in the virtualized world. Tintri was developed specifically to address this problem by bringing an application-aware, FlashFirstTM product to market. Tintri understands the concept of a VM and performs provisioning, snapshots, and cloning at the application level rather than the traditional LUN level. Our customers can, therefore, support thousands of different VMs on a single system, with the performance of an all-flash array at a fraction of the cost.”

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About Tintri

Tintri builds smart storage that sees, learns and adapts, enabling IT organizations to focus on virtualized applications and business services instead of managing storage infrastructure. Tintri application-aware storage eliminates planning and complex troubleshooting by providing VM-level visibility, control, insight, and agility. Tintri powers hundreds of thousands of virtual machines running business critical databases, enterprise apps, desktops and mobile apps, and private cloud deployments. Tintri helps global enterprises such as AMD, F5 Networks, GE, NEC, NTT, MillerCoors and Time Warner maximise their virtualization and cloud investments. For more information, visit www.tintri.com and follow us on Twitter: @tintriinc.