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Tintri dives into all-flash storage with the T5000 series

Tintri is the second hybrid flash storage startup of the summer to debut an all-flash array series, the T5000, with two capacity variants for transactional and VDI workloads

VM-aware hybrid flash array maker Tintri is to launch a series of all-flash arrays, the T5000 models, with 23TB or 11.5TB of all-flash capacity.

The move comes in response to customer requirements for all-flash storage to handle larger transactional database and virtual desktop workloads, said Tintri.

Tintri is the second pioneer hybrid flash maker to debut all-flash arrays in its product ranges this summer, following Tegile's similar move in June.

The two new Tintri arrays are the T5080 with 23TB of raw capacity, which can handle up to 72TB with data deduplication and compression and house about 5,000 virtual machines; and the T5060, which is 11.5TB raw and up to 35TVB effective with data reduction and can handle about 2,500 VMs.

Latency is claimed to be sub-millisecond with IOPS of 200,000 per box on a T5080.

The T5000 series are 2U in size, compared to 4U for the T800 hybrids. They all run the same operating system, with a key feature being the ability to hold data in formats native to the virtualisation environment, of which VMware, Hyper-V, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and OpenStack are supported.

Tintri product marketing director Chuck Dubuque explained some of the thinking behind the move to add all-flash.

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“In our hybrid arrays, flash is the primary location for hot data and is only flushed away when it goes cold. These are suited to 'normal' mixed enterprise workloads with, for example, transactional databases of up to 5TB possible on our T880,” he said.

“But we have found customers that have very flash-hungry workloads, such as very large transactional databases and VDI when the VMs are persistent. These cases can be a challenge for hybrid arrays because they take up so much flash and when they start to hit the HDDs, performance dips.”

Like the hybrid models, replication is available only as an add-on, and is only asynchronous.

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