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Tintri VMstore adds Red Hat support, Hyper-V still on deck

With hypervisors other than VMware gaining popularity, Tintri delivers on its promise for wider support with OS 3.0.

Tintri Inc. this week moved past the technical preview stage of its multi-hypervisor support when it made Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization generally available for Tintri VMstore storage.

Tintri, which has supported only VMware with its VM-aware storage, has offered beta support for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) and Microsoft Hyper-V for months, but that has not been generally accessible in the product. Red Hat support was part of Tintri OS 3.0, which was rolled out this week, and general availability of Hyper-V support is set for late 2014.

"The way we connect to VMware via NFS is the same stack needed to connect to Red Hat," said Saradhi Sreegiriraju, Tintri's vice president of product management and technical marketing. "We've had a number of requests from customers for Red Hat and Hyper-V. All customers who have Tintri VMstore can upgrade [to Red Hat] at no cost."

Tim Stammers, a senior analyst at 451 Research, said Tintri's support for multiple hypervisors reflects gains in the popularity of non-VMware hypervisors.

"They used to support just VMware, but now they support RHEV," Stammers said. "Red Hat KVM and Hyper-V are getting more popular. It used to be a one-horse race. Now it's a three-horse race."

Tintri's multi-tenancy capability allows customers to put Microsoft Exchange in one container and Red Hat in another container while they both reside in the same VMstore.

"You don't have to have separate infrastructures for Red Hat and VMware virtual machines [VMs], so there is less to manage," Tintri's Sreegiriraju said. "Both for Capex and Opex, it's a much cheaper and cost-effective solution."

Sreegiriraju said the typical use case for Red Hat is test and development, and the private cloud. Tintri also added support for Microsoft Active Directory and the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol.

In addition, Sreegiriraju said, Tintri has increased the density of its VMstore T650 model from 1,500 VMs to 2,000 VMs and 6,000 vDisks.

The Tintri Global Center has been upgraded with VMstore monitoring so administrators can get a 30-day history for VMstore performance statistics. It also added an alert collection featuring replication monitoring, replication topology display and automation PowerShell Toolkit. The Tintri Global Center can be used to manage 32 VMstore systems from a single view.

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Will Tintri's RHEV support help them to gain more customers?