DDN’s Tintri business unit separates VMware-focused VMstore software from its device storage hardware to deploy it on-premises and in the public cloud on standard X86 hardware.
VMstore provides storage facilities to VMware virtual machines using VMware management concepts and language, such as vVols instead of LUNs. The software is based on Tintri’s TxOS currently running on a set of T7000 VMstore appliances.
Tintri announced on Monday a new virtual series, built on this decoupled VMstore/TxOS software, that provides autonomous QoS, predictive analytics and distributed data services layered in a virtual data workload management platform for hybrid cloud ecosystems.
Brock Mowry, CTO of Tintri, told us: “The Virtual Series is a software platform consisting of 10 features that will be rolled out over the next 15 months. Tintri has decoupled its TxOS software from the VMstore hardware platform, allowing Tintri to deploy the same intelligent SATA and virtual machine management capabilities across public and private cloud infrastructures.”
Those 10 “neXt” functions, as Tintri put it, are:
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- Backup to the cloud – Snapshot based with file index for faster file recovery
- Replicate to the cloud – Native asynchronous replication to protect on-premises workloads
- Restore to the cloud – Restore files, folders and entire VMs up to 10x faster than other enterprise backup offerings
- Workload migration – Move on-premises virtual workloads to the public cloud with data movement tools
- Centralized Cloud Management – Manage sites, VMstore systems and virtual workloads with Tintri Global Center management
- Ransomware Protection – Ransomware defense suite with virtual air-gap snapshot protection
- Data Security Services – Automated scanning for vulnerabilities
- Tintri Kubernetes Services – Manage QoS data protection and cloning for containerized workloads on physical and virtual clusters
- Tanzu Integration – Support for VMware Tanzu and other common Kubernetes distributions
Mowry said, “Due to VMstore’s unique ability to view and manage virtual workloads, these neXt features give users a complete picture of their hybrid cloud needs. Both performance and data protection are connected to Tintri’s Analytics platform, enabling users to design infrastructure, both in the cloud and on-premises, to best meet the entire application needs of the organization.”
The analytics platform features “patented predictive analytics technology that was traditionally only available within the VMstore hardware, but will now be a software solution that can be deployed on-premise or in the cloud. Tintri Analytics leverages and extends Tintri’s deeply proprietary VM-Aware foundations.” from.”
That’s because “Tintri’s Virtual Series platform can specifically show customers how the workload is performing on existing Tintri T7000 hardware and, in the future, on various cloud platforms.”
The cloud platforms haven’t been identified yet, but we think this means AWS and Azure, and hopefully GCP as well.
Mowry said: “Performance visibility and workload analytics are traditionally performed with decoupled tools from cloud providers and provide an overall view of the workload. The Tintri Virtual Series platform allows users to see how that workload is running and model the trends and needs within the Tintri Analytics suite to the edge, also within Tanzu and Kubernetes environments.…whether on-premises, in the cloud or in a VM, container or in a physical array.” Access to the data will be through the management facility of Tintri’s Global Center.
He told us, “Each of the 10 features in the Virtual Series will be produced so companies can choose to implement one or a combination of them into their infrastructure.”
The 10 Virtual Series features will be rolled out over the next 15 months. Tintri Data Security Services and Tanzu Integration are both available today for existing VMstore customers.
Mowry said: “The first feature releases will focus on supporting data management in the form of data protection with the expanded deployment models. As the remaining eight features are deployed, the solution will move towards supporting I/O for virtual and container workloads.” These “remaining eight functions will be deployed between Q4 2022 and EOY 2023.”
Tintri will also launch several beta programs as Tintri rolls out its next-generation platform. For new and existing customers interested in participating, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.