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Tintri's New Operating System Simplifies Deployment and Management of Enterprise Cloud

Today, Tintri announced a new version of its Operating System which includes expanded orchestration and automation capabilities. New features within the OS are designed to simplify deployment and management of cloud for the enterprise. Tintri claims the release offers the best of two worlds, with web-services architecture that offers "Amazon-like agility and scale" with the security and control of an enterprise cloud platform.

Tintri's announcement comes at a time when IT budgets continue to be redistributed from traditional IT infrastructure to the cloud. A recent IDC survey of 11,350 IT executives revealed that while three-year spend on public cloud is projected to grow 29.5 percent, the investment in private cloud (on-premise and hosted off-premise) will increase 51.5 percent. In the same timeframe, the budget for traditional IT is forecasted to fall 18.8 percent.

"More than one third of Tintri customers have built cloud infrastructures with Tintri. They trust Tintri to provide an agile application development environment for DevOps and/or a highly scalable and automated infrastructure for their mission critical applications," said Ken Klein, CEO and chairman of Tintri. "That's because only Tintri makes it possible for an organization to easily deploy and then tear down thousands of virtual machines in minutes, and for a cloud service provider to guarantee performance to their customers by isolating individual virtual machines and setting per-VM Quality of Service (QoS)."

Architecture Details:

  • Web services framework: Tintri offers a control plane for the orchestration of storage for virtual machines and other storage abstractions. Users assemble new applications by integrating Tintri's web services architecture into their infrastructure, and then add functionality by leveraging Tintri's RESTful APIs.
  • Programmability at the right level: Tintri provides real-time, actionable analytics at the right level for cloud native applications: VM, vDisk, and containers.
  • Autonomous operation: Tintri provides performance isolation at the VM level with automatic and policy-based quality of service (QoS) for performance tiers. Tintri makes it possible for its customers to guarantee performance of applications automatically without administrative intervention.
  • Scale. Tintri's scale-out architecture acts as a single, federated and loosely coupled pool of storage. Customers can grow from one 17TB VMstore up to 10PB and 160,000 VMs - without adding additional IT staff.  
  • Ecosystem integration: Built-in functionality and integration with VMware vCenter and Microsoft Systems Center makes it possible for visibility, management and analytics across the entire infrastructure beyond just storage. Tintri also supports multiple concurrent hypervisors-spanning VMware vSphere®, Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, Red Hat Virtualization and various distributions of OpenStack.

Automation Details:

The ability to automate storage tasks has long been central to what sets Tintri apart. With today's announcement, Tintri is expanding its automation capabilities with the announcement of the Tintri VMware vRealize Orchestrator plugin. This plugin is designed to automate storage operations, such as snapshot, clone, replicate and copy data management at the VM-level. Tintri's customers can integrate vRealize Orchestrator into VMware management and automation systems such as vRealize Automation and vCloud Director. The Plugin will also expose Tintri operations to higher-level management and orchestration platforms.

"VMware vRealize Orchestrator facilitates the automation of complex IT tasks. With its vRealize Orchestrator plugin, Tintri further extends its integration with multiple areas of the VMware portfolio," said Rob Smoot, Vice President of Product Marketing, Cloud Management Business Unit, VMware. "Tintri continues to make it easy for our mutual customers to deploy their cloud with tight interconnects between VMware virtualization, cloud automation and Tintri VM-aware storage."

Containers Support Details:

Today's news from Tintri also introduces support for containers through vSphere Integrated Containers. VMware vSphere Integrated Containers allow VMware customers to utilize containers without re-architecting their entire infrastructure, gaining the benefits of container level Quality of Service (QoS) and real-time and predictive analytics.

Tintri is also announcing upcoming support for containers with Docker Volumes through a Flocker plugin supported by ClusterHQ. Customers who run containers on bare metal will be able to store persistent Docker Volumes on Tintri. By integrating with Flocker, Tintri can also automatically plug in to container orchestration platforms including Kubernetes, Apache Mesos and Docker Swarm.

Analytics Details:

Tintri Analytics aims to provide customers with cloud-based, real-time and predictable analytics to improve data center planning and operations. Powered by Elasticsearch, Tintri claims its analytics features can crunch millions of data points from 160,000 VMs over several years in less than one second. Today, Tintri Analytics can model virtualized applications' need for storage capacity and performance; an upcoming release will extend Analytics to forecast needs for compute resources in support of organic growth and simulated projects.

Public Cloud Integration

New integrations will extend existing on-premises Tintri private cloud deployments into the public cloud. Tintri S3 Connector will natively protect Tintri snapshots to cloud object storage such as Amazon S3 and on-premises object storage such as IBM Cloud Object Storage (formerly CleverSafe). It can offerr secure data-at-rest and data-in-flight encryption for backup data.

"Organizations cannot get to a modern, cloud-based IT services delivery model through a traditional data center architecture," said Ken Klein, CEO and chairman of Tintri. "Any technology designed for monolithic legacy applications is cloud-ready in name only. In contrast, Tintri operates exclusively in the currencies of the modern data center: web services run in virtual machines and soon containers. Today's release of Tintri OS 4.3 and integration with VMware vRealize Orchestrator is just another step forward as we deliver on our vision and address cloud requirements for automation, analytics and public cloud integration."

Today's news follows other recent product releases, including deeper integration with the Microsoft virtualization ecosystem via a SCVMM plugin, ODX Support for array offloading of storage migration, and a SCOM Management Pack, and the announcement of synchronous replication.

Published Tuesday, November 01, 2016 9:00 AM by David Marshall
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