First impressions on the Tintri VM aware storage appliance
I was able to see one of the new Tintri VM aware storage appliances get installed into our demo lab today. The storage unit was very simple to rack and setup took just a few minutes. After racking a short console session was established to set the management IP address then the remaining config was done via web browser. The web page only asks for vCenter login credentials, smtp mail server details, NTP and lets you set a new password. Pretty darn simple.
Just minutes later we were sVmotioning VMs over to the new NFS datastore that we created by pointing VMware at the Tintri appliance. Just seconds later by looking at the Tintri console page we could see transfer rates, IOPs, capacity and other settings on the dashboard. The device is truly VM aware and the inventory listing page shows us all virtual machines that are on the datastore and lists each virtual disk that belong to each VM. You also get details like percent of Flash traffic and latency for each disk.
I have included a few screen shots below of the dashboards. I will be writing more about the Tintri in the future as it looks like an exciting piece of storage technology. I think it could really offer some outstanding performance at the price point, one area that I’m anxious to see more from is how it performs with VDI loads.
About Brian Suhr
Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design