Tintri VMstore Review: Fast as Flash, Cheap as Disk

Tintri's hybrid array delivers superfast storage and supersimple storage management for virtual machines

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The world of storage is in the throes of a significant upheaval, as the increasing affordability of flash and the ubiquity of virtualization spark new and innovative approaches to the back-end storage array. Among the new storage companies at the forefront of this revolution is Tintri, whose founders came out of companies such as VMware and Data Domain. Tintri's VMstore appliance combines flash, disk, inline deduplication, and other software magic to provide cost-effective, high-performance storage specifically for virtual machines.

I tested the Tintri VMstore in a VMware environment, but as of Tintri OS 3.0 and 3.1 (which arrived in August and November, respectively) the VMstore also supports Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and Microsoft Windows Hyper-V. In addition, Version 3.1 brings new capabilities for disaster recovery through tight integration with VMware's Site Recovery Manager, encryption for data at rest, and support for PowerShell scripting.

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