VM Storage Maker Tintri Rolls Out Appliance Upgrade

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-08-29 Print this article Print

Tintri positions VMstore as the first storage appliance designed exclusively for VMs, which allows enterprises to broaden their virtualized deployments at will.

Storage virtualization provider Tintri announced the completion of the second generation of its VMstore storage appliance on Aug. 29 at VMworld, where it also will demonstrate the device.

Tintri positions VMstore as the first storage appliance designed exclusively for virtual machines, which allows enterprises to broaden their virtualized deployments at will. Its purpose-built file system offers VM-aware functionality and can measure and control I/O performance individually for each virtual disk in a system.

Sophisticated data placement technology combined with inline deduplication and compression allows Tintri to deliver flash performance for all VMs, Tintri said.

New features in the second-generation version include the following:

  • Visualization of VM performance bottlenecks: Identifying and isolating performance bottlenecks is one of the most tedious VM management tasks. Administrators will have instant visibility from the guest OS layer all the way through to the storage layer. They can visualize and immediately identify per-VM or per-vDisk latency at any layer of the infrastructure, making it simple to identify the source of performance issues and take immediate action.
  • VM auto-alignment: Degraded performance due to misalignment between the guest file system and underlying storage is commonplace. With all conventional storage arrays, realignment requires manual remapping of the guest file system. Tintri VMstore now automatically adapts the storage layer to the guest file system without any user interaction or service impact.
  • Dual storage controllers: The next-generation appliance adds fully redundant controllers for high-availability configurations. Like the existing single-controller system, Tintri OS updates do not require system downtime.
Tintri, based in Mountain View, Calif., said VMstore will become generally available in the fourth quarter of 2011. 


Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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