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Tintri VMstore T5000

Like all of its VM-aware storage systems, Tintri’s first all-flash array -- the Tintri VMstore T5000 -- allows admins to bypass LUNs and NAS mount points when provisioning storage.

Silver winner in the Storage magazine/ 2015 Products of the Year Storage Systems: All-Flash Systems category

Tintri, known best for its virtual machine-aware storage, was a late arrival to all-flash storage. Tintri arrays had flash in them from the start, but they were hybrids that used solid-state drives to handle all writes and most IOPS in the system. Around 15% of total capacity on a Tintri hybrid array is solid state with SATA hard drives making up the rest.

The arrival of the Tintri VMstore T5000 All-Flash shows how all-flash is becoming almost mandatory for storage vendors. It also comes as no surprise that the T5000 takes the same VM-aware approach to storage as other Tintri VMstore arrays.

The Tintri VMstore T5000 can scale to support 5,000 VMs in just two rack units. It can isolate each VM in its own lane through quality of service, and allow for provisioning, replication, analytics and management at the VM level. The T5000 uses the same OS as Tintri's T800 Hybrid-Flash arrays, so admins can balance workloads across all-flash and hybrid systems and manage their entire footprint from one pane of glass. The system supports any server hypervisor. Tintri VMstore all-flash arrays also make use of data deduplication that is built into Tintri's hybrid arrays.

The Tintri VMstore T5000 uses a 12 Gbps SAS backplane to 24 SSD drives for up to 23 TB of raw capacity. It is a dual-controller system, with each controller supporting up to four 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections. The T5000 uses a 64 Gbps non-transparent bridge between controllers for high speed with data integrity. Tintri claims the T5000 can deliver sub-millisecond latency, and that the system can be installed and configured in less than 40 minutes.

As with all Tintri storage, VM-aware management means customers don't have to provision LUNs or deal with NAS mount points.

Tintri VMstore T5000

"VMstore was very innovative when it first came out several years ago, and this iteration evolves it," one judge said.

The Tintri VMstore T5000 All-Flash series consists of the T5080 and T5060. The T5080 holds 23 TB of raw capacity and the T5060 holds 11.5 TB and can handle 2,500 VMs. Both are 2U systems. Pricing for the Tintri VMstore T5060 starts at $250,000 for 11.5 TB of raw (36 TB) effective capacity.

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