Smart Storage

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Smart Storage

Tintri All Flash Storage

Only Tintri’s all-flash storage arrays can guarantee the performance of your applications and help you manage your entire IT infrastructure at a fraction of the time and cost. Tintri’s web-services architecture is helping organisations see their storage differently.

When you opt for Tintri’s Smart Storage it means you’ll be able to accomplish things that were simply not possible with your old conventional storage:

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Isolate every virtual machine or container into its own resource lane and set the desired Quality of Service to guarantee its performance

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Automate the application of policies and the placement of every virtual machine or container

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Scale from as little as 17 TB all the way to 10 PB (160,000 virtual machines) and manage it all from a single pain of glass (console) with only one employee

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Troubleshoot the root causes of high latency across your host, network and storage

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Make decisions in real-time based upon analytics and predictive modeling by using the actual behaviors of your individual VMs

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Deeply integrate  into your virtualisation ecosystem—including vRO, vRA, public cloud and more

Use Cases for Tintri

Web-services architecture designed for cloud

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Conventional Challenge

Other (i.e. Legacy) storage architectures are designed for monolithic applications — and retrofitted for the cloud.

Tintri Solution

Tintri uses a public cloud-like web services architecture and RESTful APIs so you can easily assemble new applications, manage them across multiple hypervisors and scale like a champ.

Autonomous operation

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Conventional Challenge

The traditional way to address conflict between applications is through constantly manually tuning and troubleshooting. This approach simply cannot function at cloud scale.

Tintri Solution

Tintri isolates every application into its own resource lane to eliminate all conflict with zero admin intervention. Enterprises and cloud service providers can build on this further by establishing service tiers with per-VM QoS.

Automation and orchestration

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Conventional Challenge

How much time does your team spend managing your cloud infrastructure? Consider the opportunity cost of that time and the operating expense? That’s the TCO of conventional storage.

Tintri Solution

With Tintri, you eliminate the time and cost of storage management whilst being able to control up to 160,000 VMs from one central pane of glass (console) in just a few minutes per day. Automate your operations with vRA, vRO, SCVMM and make use of other Tintri integrations to simplify the storage component of your cloud.

VM isolation eliminates I/O storms

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Conventional Challenge

Random write/read workloads, boot storms and countless anti-virus scans create bursts of demand that force your desktops/applications to jostle for position.

Tintri Solution

Tintri isolates every desktop VM to eliminate noisy neighbours from your environment. Whats better than that, you can even mix desktops and server workloads on the same VMstore without creating contention.

Manage desktops, not storage

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Conventional Challenge

In most cases, to work with LUNs, volumes, striping, RAID, I/O and other artifacts of physical-era storage, you need a Ph.D in storage.

Tintri Solution

In an ideal situation your team would be focused on the environment and user experience; it shouldn’t require a storage Ph.D to deliver great performance. Tinter’s storage works with VAAI, VCAI, PVS, MCS and more to keep deployment and management as simple as possible.

Scale efficiently with 10x VM density

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Conventional Challenge

As the size of your virtualised (desktop) footprint grows, you typically need to add more storage, even over-provision just to maintain operational performance.

Tintri Solution

Tintri stores VMs 4-10x more densely than any other storage provider out there. Up to 5,000 desktop VMs can be stored in two rack units (2U). Also, Tintri simply and effortlessly scales as you grow with the option of live upgrades.

Assign every database or server VM its own resource lane

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Conventional Challenge

Legacy storage systems cram multiple VMs into a storage LUN or volume. All those VMs are required to share the available resources allocated to the LUN or volume, which in turn creates conflict (commonly referred to as ‘noisy neighbor’ problem).

Tintri Solution

Tintri assigns every single one of your Virtual Machines to its own performance lane. With Tintri, there are no LUNs, volumes or sharing of allocated resources so every VM gets the exact performance resources it needs to optimally function.

Troubleshoot issues across your entire infrastructure

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Conventional Challenge

If a database or virtualised server suddenly suffers from high latency, you’re usually cornered and performance takes a dive. Then, you have to try and isolate the issue, file support tickets, get on the phone with your provider… what a nightmare!

Tintri Solution

With Tintri if a VM ever slows down, you don’t have to waste time guessing at the root cause or wait on hold for support to diagnose the issue. Simply hover over the VM in Tintri’s UI to instantly reveal the latency across the host, network and storage! Now how much simpler is that?

Scale with application growth by predicting storage needs

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Conventional Challenge

Will your existing storage array support four or more SQL server instances? In most cases, given the complete lack of visibility and forecasting the only definite answer is to over-provision and waste valuable resources and time.

Tintri Solution

With Tintri you’re able to accurately forecast your future needs for storage capacity and performance based on real-time data that is relevant to you. Utilise what-if analysis to instantaneously model the precise impact of adding more SQL servers etc.

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Snapshots are the first line of defence

Tintri utilises space-efficient snapshots that only take seconds to create. They only store changed data blocks that won’t impact your performance thus reducing WAN utilisation by up to 95%. In addition you can test your storage strategy early and often with local clones & replica snapshots at your secondary site without impacting on your production environment.

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Obtain complete visibility across compute, network and storage

Are your backups running slow? Hover over the VM(s) in question and see the exact cause of latency across your compute, network and storage on both the primary and secondary storage systems. Now use Tinter’s VM-level QoS, snapshots, clones and real-time or historical analytics to constantly keep protecting your VMs.

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Automated policy-based VM management

Tintri provides RESTful APIs, PowerShell scripts and a vRealize Orchestrator plugin so you can automate and simplify workflows. Easily set replication and snapshot policies for individual VMs or groups of VMs. Sit back and enjoy zero RPO with near zero RTO (< 30 seconds) for planned and manual failovers with just a single click.

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Flexible protection to keep your business running

Set restore-point-objective (RPO) of 1 minute, 15 minutes, or any other timeframe on a per-VM level basis. Utilise fully synchronous replication for your critical apps (with two or more Tintri datastores). Tintri enables replication across multiple sites to be delivered to a single remote disaster recovery (DR) location (many-to-one), or from one source to up to four locations (one-to-many).

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Proven security that functions at the highest standard

With AES-256 bit encryption of your data at rest and integration with Gemalto’s Safenet KeySecure via KMIP, you can cryptographically lockdown your arrays and thus conform to the highest security standards and regulatory requirements. Your data protection team can rest easy with Tintri in your environment.

Ensure Developers are Always Up-to-date

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Conventional Challenge

Test and development can slow to a halt when pushing updates to developers for testing and integration. Therefore, you either wait and risk your timeline, or bypass it and risk the quality of your code.

Tintri Solution

Tintri allows test & dev to update hundreds of “child” VMs from just a single “master” VM in minutes. Better than that, you probably guessed it, you can automatically achieve this across your data centres with VM-level snaps.

Time Travel for Data Recovery

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Conventional Challenge

If you need to move backwards in time, you’re usually accustomed to force the recovery of an entire LUN or volume (not just the VM you need). This causes you to lose your place, performance, history and mind.

Tintri Solution

Glide effortlessly between over 100+ snapshots per VM. If you lose a single file you can go back in time, copy it somewhere safe, and return right back to where you left off without losing any data. Convenient would be an understatement!

Isolation for Every VM and Clone

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Conventional Challenge

Critical test & dev VMs can get stuck in a queue behind other VMs. The input/output (IO) from test & dev clones can bring down the performance of production VMs forcing you into obtaining redundant copies and a data mess.

Tintri Solution

Tinter’s Smart Storage assigns each VM its own “lane,” eliminating noisy neighbors. Give production VMs MIN IOPS guarantees and dev VMs MAX IOPS limits. Mix production and development on one VMstore with peace of mind.

Why We Offer Tintri

Data storage is a fundamental component to any organisation’s IT stack and in today’s world, thanks to innovation, there are hundreds of different ways it can be done. One of the latest yet successful additions is what’s known as ‘VM-aware storage’ or ‘Smart Storage’. The core concept here is that traditional LUNs and Volumes are completely removed from the virtualised environment with all focus being on the individual virtual machines (VMs) themselves.

With many integrated benefits, both hybrid and all flash product lines, and thousands of successful global deployments… It’s easy to see why Tintri’s Smart Storage is taking the data storage world by storm. The value of Tintri was easily seen by us and so we started working together. We’ve now implemented Tintri into many of our customers IT environments over the past three years and will continue to do so until storage fires are a thing of the past!

What Tintri Say

“The case for Tintri is simple: our VM-aware storage (VAS) platform can be managed by anyone in your data centre in a fraction of the time to reduce operating costs. Unmatched VM density and the flexibility to accommodate multiple hypervisors and workloads saves capital expenses”.

“Tintri’s modern approach to scale-out—building a federated pool of storage that can span both hybrid and all-flash—guarantees it can grow to match your needs. Take the time to learn more now and save your time, money, and sanity in the future”.

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