Wednesday, 18 May 2016 10:27

Tintri goes scale-out with T5000 extensions


Tintri's VM-aware storage (VAS) portfolio has been expanded with the announcement of new VMstore T5000 all-flash arrays along with software to support scale-out storage.

Tintri says its new scale-out storage platform for enterprises and cloud service providers supports up to 160,000 VMs, 10 petabytes of capacity, and 6.4 million IOPS, for less than $1/GB.

It comprises nine new Tintri VMstore T5000 all-flash configurations with capacity expansion capabilities, VM Scale-out software including analytics for predictive capacity and performance planning, and two new Tintri Cloud Suites.

The Tintri VMstore T5000 family originally announced last August had already grown to three models, the T5040, T5060 and T5080.

All three have now been updated with new capacity options ranging from 17 TB to 308 TB, using 3D NAND technology and high density drives for higher capacity and lower cost per gigabyte. Capacity upgrades for some existing models are planned.

The VM Scale-out software collects operating statistics every 10 minutes and takes into account peak loads for the most accurate predictions, with deep workload analysis to identify VMs that are growing rapidly.

It also makes least-cost recommendations for optimising VM migrations around the pool of VMstores, and retains policy settings and statistics when a VM is moved.

Tintri's scale-out storage platform treats multiple VMstores as a pool, and is designed to to scale to more than one million VMs with low latency and scalability across a very large number of storage nodes without proprietary interconnects.

One Tintri T5040 all-flash system can be scaled out to 32 fully populated T5080s.

Tintri's new Cloud Suites comprise Tintri Foundation Cloud (1.2PB) and Tintri Ultimate Cloud (10 PB), complete with scale-out software.

"Scale is a defining characteristic of cloud. While many companies aspire to build cloud-scale infrastructures with agility and automation for diverse virtualised workloads, they are held back by conventional storage architecture that's simply not designed to support those requirements," said Tintri chairman and chief executive Ken Klein.

"Customers have been forced to choose between limited scale-out that requires a large number of disks or expensive and inefficient scale-out, without the benefits of VM-level visibility, QoS and automation.

"With today's announcement, enterprises and CSPs can scale far more effectively — building their own Amazon-like cloud infrastructure — with a VAS platform that allows for control, security, cost efficiency and simplicity."

The new capacity options for the T5000 series will be available later this month.

VM Scale-out will be available in June 2016 as part of Tintri Global Centre Advanced, which will be licensed separately or as part of the Tintri Software Suite.

Tintri Foundation Cloud and Tintri Ultimate Cloud will be available for purchase in June 2016.

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