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Tintri moves into VMware's vSphere

Tintri, which designs its VMstore storage appliances to be virtual machine-friendly, is releasing a plug-in to let customers manage VMstore inside of VMware’s vSphere.

The plug-in lets Tintri customers manage their VMstore appliances from the vSphere vCenter management tool. It makes VMstore dashboards visible from the vCenter server, and they can get alerts and monitoring information there. They can also set snapshots, clones and replication policies in vCenter.

“The end users care about the ESX application or the virtual desktop or the SQL Server application, not so much the storage system,” said Saradhi Sreegiriraju, Tintri senior director of product management. “We’ve exposed all the information from our VMstore dashboard into vCenter. Anything you can do from the VMstore UI – snapshots, clones, replication or monitoring – you can now do from the vCenter UI.”

TheTintri vSphere Web Client Plugin will be available next week as a download from Tintri.

Tintri’s selling point is it lets customers provision storage from the VM-level instead of having to deal with the LUNs and volumes associated with traditional storage arrays. Its greater integration with VMware comes as VMware moves more into storage with its virtual SAN (VSAN) software that turns hard drives, solid-state drives and compute running on VMware-connected servers into networked storage. VSAN is seen mainly as competitive to hyper-converged storage systems such as those from Nutanix, SimpliVity, Scale Computing and Maxta but it can also hurt VM-aware storage vendors. After all, VSAN enables companies to do many of the same things as Tintri does.

Sreegiriraju said Tintri doesn’t consider VSAN a competitor because VMstore has been on the market for three years and its hardware is tuned to work with VM-aware software. He said VSAN will compete more with traditional storage systems. “VSAN is validating the architectural underpinnings that we have,” he said. “We agree with VMware that you need a system that understands VMs at the VM level rather than  at the LUN level.”

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