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Tintri Helps Increase Storage Performance for University of California Irvine with Improved Analytics, Simplified Storage Management

University Chooses Tintri after a Comprehensive Evaluation of Many Storage Vendors

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 4, 2015 – Tintri Inc., a leading producer of VM-aware storage (VAS) for virtualization and cloud environments, today announced that University of California Irvine (UCI) is using Tintri to manage all virtualized workloads for its Office of Information Technology (OIT).

UCI—a public research university with more than 30,000 students, 1,100 faculty and 9,000 staff—had been relying on out of date storage arrays, which were unable to pinpoint which virtual machines (VMs) were causing slowdowns, making it impossible to diagnose performance problems they experienced. In addition, upgrades were complicated and required UCI to frequent downtime, which disrupted operations.

“The legacy system was very complicated,” said John Ward, IT Enterprise Architect at UCI. “There were far too many knobs to turn and a lot of pitfalls if we did it wrong. We were also having speed issues. The combination of these issues prompted us to look for a new solution.”

The UCI team conducted a very thorough evaluation of potential vendors for the infrastructure upgrade. They looked closely at many storage vendors by sending a very long survey with 92 questions to the finalists. “Tintri was the clear winner after reviewing all of the responses,” Ward said. “Tintri has the best built-in analytics. We can detect performance issues by getting data from the VMware vCenter ESX hosts. It reports on every VM as well as at the VMDK level. And with Tintri, we can add encryption at any time. With some other solutions, you have to buy self-encrypting disks upfront. It’s great to be able to add encryption later if our business needs change.”

After deploying Tintri’s VMstore™ T880 system, UCI vastly improved its storage performance with better visibility into VM performance and simplified storage management. Instead of having to spend countless hours identifying the source of system slowdowns, Tintri Global Center allows UCI to identify the source of a problem with as little as three clicks.

Upgrading to Tintri’s VM-aware storage system had a number of immediate benefits for UCI’s IT team, including:

  • Eliminating the need to schedule downtime for software upgrades (they now happen without disruption)
  • Allowing snapshots, cloning and replication on a per-VM basis, avoiding the need to create and manage extra volumes and datastores
  • Providing a global view of its infrastructure with fast, easy troubleshooting

To view the full UCI case study, click here.

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, with all flash performance for virtualized environment and the cloud. 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 maximize their virtualization and cloud investments. For more information, visit www.tintri.com and follow us on Twitter: @Tintri

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