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Former Head of VMware R&D Launches Tintri; Ships World's First Production VM-aware Storage System
Tintri, Inc., developer of the world’s first purpose-built storage system for virtual machines, today announced Tintri VMstore, the only product specifically designed from the ground up to solve the unique storage problems of virtual machines (VMs). Tintri’s first product, VMstore, is a storage system that allows enterprises to overcome costly problems associated with the scale or performance of virtual infrastructure. Tintri is also announcing nearly $17 million in Series A and Series B venture funding led by NEA and Lightspeed Venture Partners.

Tintri’s co-founder and CEO is Dr. Kieran Harty, who earned his PhD at Stanford University and led all desktop and server research and product development at VMware from 1999 through 2006. “Tintri was founded to develop products needed by enterprises for the next generation of virtualization deployments,” said Harty. “The key bottleneck slowing virtualization adoption is the legacy storage systems that were architected before virtualization was even a consideration. Our products are designed to help enterprises virtualize 80 percent or more of their IT infrastructure.”

Tintri VMstore for the first time allows enterprises to virtualize many different kinds of mission-critical applications such as Oracle Financials and Microsoft Exchange that previously could only run on standalone systems with legacy direct-attached or SAN storage.

“Previous attempts to virtualize our Oracle Financials application had failed – as we couldn’t deliver the performance users required," said Don St. Onge, CIO, TIBCO Software, Inc. "With Tintri VMstore, we saw a 2X performance boost which was more than enough to keep our users happy. Tintri’s unique approach to deduplication and compression lets us run the entire 1TB database instance in only 177GB of flash memory.”

Tintri VMstore is already in production use helping enterprises manage and store virtual machines at a wide range of companies in global electronics, mobile games, geo-informatics, technology, higher education and more.

In most enterprises today, less than 30 percent of their IT infrastructure is virtualized. While some companies have expanded beyond this, they continue to face significant challenges of cost, complexity and performance with existing storage solutions. By some estimates, storage now accounts for more than 20 percent of typical enterprise IT budgets and up to 60 percent of virtualization budgets.

"Enterprise IT departments are running into big roadblocks getting virtualization deployed on a large scale," said Steve Duplessie, founder and senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. "While virtualization offers undisputed advantages on the server side, it actually exposes the complexity and cost of storage. To break the cycle of pain, 'virtual specific' storage will ultimately be required. Tintri’s VMstore is a unique, new approach to solving this problem, and should find a welcome audience."

Tintri brought together a unique research and development team drawing on industry-leading experts from Citrix, EMC/Data Domain, Google, NetApp, Sun Microsystems and VMware and others to build the world’s first VM-aware storage system, VMstore. VMstore includes many significant features to optimize performance and to simplify the management of VM storage at scale, including:

  • VM-aware file system designed to service I/O workloads from VMs;
  • Seamless flash/disk integration with file system for smooth workload transitions and efficient use of flash capacity;
  • Monitoring, control and reporting features on a per-VM and per-virtual disk basis for greater transparency in managing storage for VMs;
  • Hybrid flash/disk appliances with inline deduplication and compression capabilities.

Tintri VMstore also eliminates most of the cost and complexity of managing storage systems in a virtualized environment. Central to Tintri’s value proposition is the idea that storage should be interchangeable, powerful nodes that allow users to move VMs from one to another as needed. This gives VM administrators greater visibility into their network and control of their storage. Each storage node is presented as a single datastore to the VM administrator.

“Storage provisioning for our VMs was complex and required a lot of ongoing manual effort," said Jeff Solomon, virtual infrastructure manager, Loyola Marymount University. "Tintri makes provisioning and managing storage for VMs much more efficient – it takes minutes instead of hours. What’s more, I can see throughput, IOPS and latency for each VM. With Tintri VMstore, I can provision or change VMs on the fly and never have to worry about carving another slice out of the array.”

In addition to management simplicity benefits and operations expense savings, organizations running their VM storage on Tintri VMstore are seeing performance that exceeds standalone systems with direct-attached storage.

“We used to run our build VMs on a high-performance SAN,” said John Welter, vice president of technology at North West Group, a leading provider of digital remote sensing, digital aerial photography, LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) and related services in North America and the international market. “The builds now run twice as fast at less than half the cost with Tintri VMstore. We’re also virtualizing our production PostGIS databases and seeing comparable or better performance. With Tintri, we can finally end the LUN-acy.”

Learn More About Tintri!

To learn more about how Tintri is delivering the world’s first VM-aware storage system and the benefits for your company, please join us April 12 at a webinar with our experts. Registration is free by visiting us at

Published Thursday, March 24, 2011 5:55 PM by David Marshall
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