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Tintri VMStore – Product Analysis

Last updated February 6th, 2017 with support for external key manager. 15-page deep dive into the architecture and functionality of the Tintri VMStore.

The Tintri VMstore Appliances are a family of custom designed all flash hybrid storage systems used for virtual machine storage. Current models include the VMstore T800 family of hybrid systems and the T5000 family of all flash systems. Tintri VMstore systems are designed to provide storage capacity for hypervisors or systems running virtual machines only. VMstore systems are not targeted as general- purpose storage, but are limited to hypervisor environments. Currently VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, OpenStack and RedHat Enterprise Linux KVM are supported.

Competitive storage solutions include Nimble Storage, Tegile, HP StoreVirtual, SanDisk ioControl and other hybrid storage systems. Additional information on these products is available in Evaluator Series Research (ESR) to authorized subscribers.

Tintri was founded in 2008 with first product shipments in 2011. Their initial product focus has remained as being specialized storage for virtual machines. The original VMstore appliances supported NFS attachment to VMware hypervisors only.

Currently, Tintri VMstore systems are “virtual storage appliances” rather than general purpose storage. Tight integration with VMware has always been a differentiating factor for Tintri and the integration has expanded with product updates. Tintri announced support for RHEL KVM via NFS in August 2014, and released NAS capabilities using SMB 3, for virtual machines running on Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V in August of 2015.

Tintri VMStore Product Analysis includes:

  • Highlights
  • Overview of system
  • Hardware architecture
  • Software architecture
  • RAS features
  • Performance
  • Advanced features and functions
  • Evaluator Group comments
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