T600 Series moves Tintri hybrid flash arrays into enterprise class

Tintri T600 Series expands hybrid flash array family into enterprise class with T650 high-end model with room for 2,000 virtual machines, plus the entry-level T620

Tintri has moved its range of hybrid flash arrays into the enterprise level with the addition of a VMstore T600 Series.

It has also added Tintri Global Center, a management system that allows operation of up to 32 Tintri devices as one pool managed from a single screen.

The 4U rackmount T600 Series hybrid flash array family will comprise: the entry-level T620, which can provide storage for up to 500 virtual machines and has Gigabit Ethernet connectivity; and the T650, which can accommodate up to 2,000 virtual machines and has 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity.

The T600 Series is an expansion of Tintri’s hybrid flash offerings and increases capacities over the existing T540 series by up to 2x.

The T540, launched in 2011, is a dual controller array that comes in a 3U form factor with eight 300GB MLC drives and eight 3TB Sata. It can accommodate around 1,000 virtual machines per 3U node.

That model came after the T445 system, launched early in 2011, a 4U single-controller system that is sold as an entry-level system.

Tintri builds hybrid flash/HDD devices that specifically target VMware users. It uses data deduplication and tiering between flash and Sata drives to ensure the vast bulk of I/O hits solid state storage.

Tintri specifically targets virtual machine (VM) environments and does away with volumes, LUNs and RAID groups, mapping I/O requests directly to the virtual disk. This tight VM integration lets VMstore control I/O performance for each virtual disk.

Tintri is among a small band of startups that pioneered the hybrid flash market. This sees high-performance flash storage for hot data tiered with traditional spinning disk HDDs for bulk data. Typically, data deduplication and compression enable bulk storage capacity on the spinning disk element of the hybrid setup.

The addition of Tintri Global Center addresses a customer gripe that Tintri instances could only be individually managed. Global Center allows up to 32 devices and 10s of 1,000s of virtual machines to be managed in a single pool, said Tintri marketing vice-president Geoff Stedman.

“We have the software architecture to support up to a million virtual machines, but today’s limit is 64,000,” he said.

Tintri Global Center comes as part of an upgrade from version 2 to 2.1 in The Tintri OS, a combination of storage operating system and file system built around virtual machine disks that also allows monitoring and management of storage on a per-VM basis.

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