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New and updated software for Tintri storage provide quality of service management, snapshot synchronisation, and improved systems management.

Storage vendor Tintri has released two software updates and an additional program for use with the company's hybrid arrays.

Tintri OS 3.2 gives administrators the ability to allocate exact maximum and minimum IOPS to each individual VM. Contention visualisation means administrators can see the immediate impact of throttle changes on VM-level latency instead of waiting for end user feedback, Tintri said.

"QoS has attracted a lot of interest in recent years with many industry analysts calling it a 'must have' feature," said chairman and CEO Ken Klein.

"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."

This functionality was foreshadowed by the company's vice president of technology Rex Walters in a recent iTWire interview. Rival vendor Nimble Storage has something similar in mind, going by comments made by its CEO Suresh Vasudevan in an iTWire interview published earlier this week.

Tintri Global Center 2.0 allows enterprises and service providers to monitor and manage more than 100,000 VMs from a single pane of glass, using groups and policies.

The new product is Tintri SyncVM. This allows users to move back and forth between snapshots of an individual VM without losing other snapshots or performance history. It also allows hundreds of 'child' VMs to be updated from a refreshed 'master' VM without physically moving data or reconfiguring the VM and/or storage. SyncVM can be automated using Tintri PowerShell or REST APIs.

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.

"We are redefining QoS and once again challenging the conventions of the storage industry," Tintri ANZ managing director Graham Schultz told iTWire.

"We hear consistently from customers that benefits need to be around the application and Tintri VM-level QoS is the storage industry's first and only technology to guarantee VM-level storage performance and eliminate contention between virtualised applications.

"This technology is perfectly suited to the highly virtualised Australian market which is rapidly adopting cloud solutions."

All three products will be available in May.

Tintri OS 3.2 requires a Tintri VMstore with a valid Tintri support contract. Tintri Global Center 2.0 will be available to all current Tintri Global Center owners with a valid support contract, and as separately licensed software for all other Tintri VMstore owners.

Tintri SyncVM will be available for purchase as an add-on for Tintri VMstore.

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