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Tinti Review

Tinti Review

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Published by alexpsi14
The Tintri VMstore storage appliance operates at the VM level for snapshots, clones, and replication.
The Tintri VMstore storage appliance operates at the VM level for snapshots, clones, and replication.

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Published by: alexpsi14 on Aug 31, 2013
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Review: Tintri datastore in a box
By Derek Schauland in Data Center,August 28, 2013, 12:13 PM PST
The Tintri VMstore storage appliance operates at the VM level forsnapshots, clones, and replication. Derek Schauland takes an in-depth look at what it offers.
Managing storage in a virtual environment can be quite a challenge; with constantly growingand shrinking LUNs,you have to ensure that everything in your environment is just right. Then you have to connect your ESX hosts and build datastores to hold any number ofvirtual machines your environment requires. Whew. That seems to be quite a bit of work justto get things prepared to function.Fortunately, another storage vendor has taken a different approach to the management ofthe virtual environment. The company is Tintri,and the approach to storage is focused on the datastore. The VMstore appliance is a datastore-in-a-box that aims to streamline the
management of any VMware-based virtualization environment.
Getting started
Once the unit is installed in the rack, configuration requires little more than powering on thedevice and assigning an IP address. ESX hosts will use the assigned IP address to connectto the Tintri appliance. From here, a datastore can be created in vCenter against the TintriVMstore appliance. Once this is up and running, your virtual machines can be moved into(or created against) the Tintri VMstore appliance.
: For the purposes of this review, I was granted access to the Tintri’s Partner “LightningLab” to get a feel for the appliance and how it is managed.
The management interface is also all web-based, removing the need for the installation ofadditional software.
Figure A
Tintri Dashboard
From the dashboard the visibility of information and operations available for virtualmachines in the datastore is huge. Because of the integration available between Tintri andvSphere using VAAI(vStorage APIs for Array Integration), many actions available for the
guest systems, especially cloning of guest systems, is greatly improved.The most noticeable feature available in the application is overall reporting andmanagement. Almost every aspect of your environment is visible in just a few clicks; we willlook at the details of these features as we move forward.The dashboard displays overall performance of the datastore, covering the following items:
the number of input/output operations per second for the entire datastore
the total throughput for the datastore
the overall latency experienced for the datastore
Flash hit ratio
the percent of used flash storage
Figure B
Top level details for the datastore and latency information
When you mouse over a portion of the overall information, the details that make up thecollective are displayed in a tool tip. In the demos I saw with Tintri and during the time I wasable to use the lab, this feature seemed to be one that made the most sense to me. Beingable to see which portions of an environment, guest, host, or network may be the root causeof a problem without having to visit these pieces individually is an enormous time saver.In addition to the overall datastore information displayed, Tintri looks at performancereserves and available space which presents a complete picture of an environment. This isavailable in other storage platforms as well, but only the truly usable storage is displayed.Within the Tintri appliance, the actual resource usage for each VM is known and the realperformance data is displayed. This allows organizations to make honest decisions aboutgrowing their storage to best suit their needs, avoiding the need to make guesses withoutmuch consideration for the performance of the array, only the disk space remaining.
Figure C
Performance and space
Have you ever wanted to know which VMs in your environment are changing to consumemore resources in terms of storage space consumed or performance data? Because Tintri

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