Tintri T540 – Simple VM storage management

It’s the storage wars. Lots of new vendors on the storage array market doing their dog and pony show,  trying to get pieces of the pie over familiar giants like NetApp and EMC. Having  managed NetApp for a few years I was comfortable with their Filers so why change?

After spending a few years managing our VMware and it’s storage, our environment had grown and  started to show some performance bottlenecks. We needed to find a solution that would meet the demanding IO needs of our VMs  and  support the HA and DR requirements for our datacenter. This is where we decided to think outside of the box and look at all the new players in the storage industry. We started doing research and eventually decided on Tintri and their VMstore T540 appliance. If you haven’t heard of Tintri before they are a flash based storage array that was designed just to be used for datastore use of VMs. It’s purpose in life is storing VMs ,making it run better and faster. The storage array is designed to not only meet the demanding IO needs of VMs but also reduce the complexity of managing the storage the VMs.

The T540 not only met our requirements but also gave us simple storage management. Even though there isn’t very much to manage with the array it still offers features that were key to us such as NFS , hot cloning VMs, deduplication, compression and hardware replication. Tintri supports VMware vSphere 4.x and 5.x  using NFS, RHEVand even HyperV. VDI deployments of VMware Horizon View and Citrix XenDesktop can also run on Tintri.

The Tintri VMstoreT540 is a 3U rackmounted appliance that comes with:

  • Capacity: 26.4 TB (8x 300 GB SSD + 8 x 3 TB HDD) with 13.5TB usable space
  • Management Networking :  2x 1GbE (RJ-45)
  • Data Network : Option 1: 2x 10GbE (10GBASE-SR LC fibre or SFP+ direct attach copper) or  2: 2x 10GbE (RJ-45)
  • Replication Network: Optional: 2x 1GbE (RJ-45) or 2x 1GbE (SFP)

From start to finish it takes about 30 – 60 minutes to rack the appliance ( dependent on how fast you can rack it) in the datacenter and connect to vCenter. There is very little day to day management with the T540. Tasks such as  Hot cloning VMs and setting up replication takes minutes and is effortless. Once the T540 is racked you give it an IP address and you are off to configuring the appliance to connect to vCenter.

Easy and Simple

The following screenshots of the appliance’s settings  will show you how easy and simple it is to setup.

Datastore IP is just that, it where you assign the appliance with the IP address that the datastore will used when connected to vCenter
Fig1_TintriA

Datastore IP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Setup Snapshot schedules using the Snapshot tab
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Snapshot Configuration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
After supplying the Licenses for replication shown in Fig3_TintriC you can setup replication to another T540 shown in Fig4_TintriD
Fig3_TintriC

Replication License

 

 

 

 

 

Fig4_TintriD

Replication Settings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wow! I sound like an commercial for Tintri. There is no paid endorsement here, it’s just the  truth, the thing just works and does a great job at what it was designed to do. It runs just like they say it does.

To learn more about the Tintri and the their other products the VMstore T620 and T650 check out  Tintri’s website.

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