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Tintri Redefines Quality of Service (QoS) with Storage Industry’s First and Only Technology to Guarantee VM-level Performance and Eliminate Contention between Virtualized Applications
Tintri Inc., a leading producer of smart storage for virtualization and cloud environments, today announced three product updates that reset industry conventions for QoS and address long-standing performance and policy pains of enterprise data centers and service providers. To further discuss the news, Kieran Harty, co-founder and CTO of Tintri, will host a webinar on Tuesday, April 14 at 7 a.m., 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. PT. More details can be found below in the “Additional Resources” section. The new capabilities include:
  • Tintri OS 3.2. Administrators can now allocate exact maximum and minimum IOPS to each individual VM. Unlike conventional QoS, which requires administrators to predict the right values, Tintri provides visual guidance on the QoS values to specify, removing guesswork. The patent pending VM-level QoS is paired with powerful contention visualization in the UI. Now administrators can see the immediate impact of throttle changes on VM-level latency instead of waiting for end user feedback. The visualization spans the entire infrastructure—including latency stemming from host, network, storage contention and QoS throttle.
  • Tintri SyncVM. This new product, based on patent-pending technology, allows the user to move back and forth between snapshots of an individual VM without losing other snapshots or performance history. Administrators can also use this capability to update hundreds of “child” VMs from a refreshed “master” VM without physically moving data or reconfiguring the VM and/or storage. They can even automate the process with Tintri PowerShell or REST APIs.
  • Tintri Global Center 2.0. Enterprises and service providers can now monitor and manage more than 100,000 VMs from a single pane of glass. They can manage dynamic collections of VMs based on group definitions and policies. Groups can span VMstores, hypervisor types and geographies. 

“QoS has attracted a lot of interest in recent years with many  industry analysts calling it a ‘must have’ feature,” said Ken Klein, Chairman and CEO of Tintri. “Many vendors talk about using QoS to deliver performance SLAs and deal  with 'noisy neighbors.' Some even talk about fine grain QoS control at the volume or LUN level. Considering a volume or LUN can contain dozens or hundreds of VMs running applications with different service requirements, assigning the same QoS setting to all VMs offers very little value. By setting performance guarantees at the VM-level, Tintri gives a whole new meaning to QoS."

While Enterprise customers can apply the new Tintri capabilities for VM-level performance isolation, Service providers can more easily offer differentiated tiers of storage service and manage 100,000 VMs across multiple data centers.

“As a cloud service provider, we need to provide different tiers of storage to our customers based on their performance requirements and budget,” said Dan Timko, CTO and Co-Founder at Cirrity. “Before, the easiest way to do this was to have three separate storage platforms with different characteristics, which was very inefficient. With Tintri, we can now apply per-VM QoS policies that allow us to mix workloads from different customers with different service levels on the same storage without any ongoing management headaches. And with Tintri Global Center 2.0, we can manage over 100,000 virtual machines from multiple tenants all from a single pane of glass.”

“Administrators need to be able to perform storage operations—QoS, snapshots, clones, replication, etc., and see storage metrics such as IOPS, latency, throughput, flash hit ratios and more—at a VM level,” said Eric Burgener, Research Director, Storage at IDC. “Starting with VM-level data management in the first product they shipped in 2011, Tintri has continued to add more VM-level capabilities that now include VM-level QoS. IDC sees VM-level management as the wave of the future, not only to improve the efficiency of storage operations but also to make storage management more intuitive for the IT generalists that are increasingly managing storage in virtual environments.”

The new products not only deliver VM-level performance guarantee and storage policies at scale, they also enable application development teams to accelerate development and test cycles with SyncVM.

“Our application teams needed to accelerate their development and test cycles,” said Ross Alaspa, Product Engineer at AMD. “Every day counts. They never thought they would get the help they needed from their storage team. With SyncVM, updates that previously took days or weeks can now happen in minutes. The teams can travel backward and forward through a VM’s complete snapshot history for nearly instant point-in-time recovery, all without losing snapshots or VM history.”

Tintri OS 3.2 will be available in May to all Tintri VMstore owners with a valid Tintri support contract.

Tintri SyncVM will be available for purchase in May as separately licensed software for Tintri VMstore.

Tintri Global Center 2.0 will be available in May for all current Tintri Global Center owners with a valid support contract, and as separately licensed software for all Tintri VMstore owners.

For more information about Tintri’s latest products and capabilities, watch this short video.

Published Thursday, April 09, 2015 1:26 PM by David Marshall
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