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Tintri State of Storage Survey Reveals Biggest Pain Points; Finds Buying Criteria Mismatched from Today’s Storage Needs

Organizations Must Turn to Systems Built for Virtualization and Cloud in Order to Eliminate Performance and Manageability Problems

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., – June 2, 2015 —Tintri Inc., a leading producer of VM-aware storage (VAS) for virtualization and cloud environments, today released its 2015 State of Storage study that captures the pain points and priorities of over 1,000 data center professionals. While the study highlights performance, capital expenses and management as three of the top storage pains, it also found that organizations are still making buying decisions based on the needs of physical workloads, despite the fact that the percentage of virtualized workloads has grown to 75 percent in the last decade.   

In the study, two out of three respondents said they work for organizations where more than 50 percent of workloads are virtualized, with 38 percent already using more than one hypervisor. However, respondents also named cost-per-gigabyte as the third most important factor when purchasing a storage system behind performance and ease of use. As companies deploy more virtual machines, a far more accurate predictor of expense is cost-per-VM.

“If IT decision makers continue to apply the same purchasing criteria for physical workloads to virtualized workloads when they select storage, they risk ending up with an infrastructure that’s ill-suited to support modern applications and their business needs ,” said Yael Zheng, Chief Marketing Officer at Tintri. “To transform their data center and eliminate pain points, they need to turn to storage that’s designed for virtualized applications and cloud.”

The study compared pain points of respondents using traditional storage technologies vs. next generation storage technologies and found that those using traditional systems are feeling more pain in every category:

  • Performance (latency): 53 percent of respondents using conventional storage reported performance pain vs. just 30 percent of those using next generation storage
  • Capital Expenses (reduce spend): 44 percent of respondents using conventional storage reported capex pain vs. 36 percent of those using next generation storage
  • Manageability (admin time and effort): 39 percent of respondents using conventional storage reported pain vs. 21 percent of those using next generation storage


The 2015 State of Storage study indicates that sticking with incumbent storage is actually riskier than adopting new technology. Companies are starting to catch on, which explains why two-thirds of respondents had introduced a new storage vendor in the last 24 months.

You can download the full 2015 State of Storage report here

Check out the summary infographic on the report here

About the Survey
The Tintri 2015 State of Storage study was conducted with 1,020 data center professionals in March 2015 via email response. All respondents were sent advance copies of the final report so they could compare their experiences and responses with their peers. 

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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