Many IT organizations are running thousands of virtual machines that legacy storage systems were never designed to efficiently support. To address that issue, Tintri developed a file system that was specifically optimized for virtual machine environments. This week, Tintri pushed the virtual machine density envelope even higher with the introduction of a VMstore T800 Series storage array capable of providing up to 3,500 virtual machines with up to 100TB of effective hybrid storage capacity at up to 140,000 IOPS in a single 4U system.
Saradhi Sreegiriraju, vice president of product management and technical marketing for Tintri, says with the addition of Tintri Global Center software, IT organizations can ultimately scale their environments up to 35,000 virtual machines accessing 1PB of usable capacity at up to 1.4 million IOPS in a single 42U rack.
Tintri this week also announced an upgrade to its storage operating system integration with VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM), support for SecureVM data encryption and a software development kit (SDK) based on a REST application programming interface (API) to advance workflow automation and integration.
With tens of virtual machines running on every physical server, Sreegiriraju says IT organizations are contending with I/O performance issues at a scale never before seen. Right now, Tintri supports VMware environments, but Sreegiriraju says support for Red Hat KVM and Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machine environments is coming soon.
Managing I/O requirements in virtual machine environments requires delicate balance. The issue, of course, is whether the expertise needed to strike that balance should reside in the mind of the storage administrator or be baked into a storage system that was designed to provide that balance from the ground up for not only one type of virtual machine, but all the virtual machines that will be commonly used across the enterprise.