Despite growing knowledge and interest in server virtualization, storage virtualization seems to be lagging behind. The truth is that if you’re interested in or are currently deploying server virtualization, storage dilemmas – and budgets – can hold you back.
Former leader of research and development at VMware, Kieran Harty’s new company, Tintri, is aiming to take virtualization to the next level. When Harty understood that many companies hesitate to include mission-critical operations in their virtualization deployments because of storage performance issues, the seed for VMstore was born. Harty’s team members at Tintri have backgrounds in virtualization at VMware and Citrix and storage background at Data Domain and NetApp.
The goal of VMstore is to create a storage solution specifically for virtualized environments from the ground up, reducing complexity. While traditional storage accounts for 20 percent of a typical enterprise’s IT budget, virtualization budgets see closer to a 60 percent dedication to storage. Harty told the Computer Technology Review that “the key bottleneck slowing virtualization adoption is the legacy storage systems that were architected before virtualization was even a consideration. Our products are designed to help enterprises virtualize 80 percent or more of their IT infrastructure.”
VMstore more boasts what it doesn’t have – LUNS, volumes, tiers, RAID groups, or other traditional storage objects – rather than what it does. The major selling point of VMstore is its customization to virtualized environments from its inception, making “VMware administrators feel right at home: The VM objects in VMstore are the same ones used in VMware Center, and the VMs and vDisks will be familiar to VMware vSphere users.” Since VMstore’s design was created with VMs in mind, it caters more successfully with its hybrid flash/disk architecture, allowing applications that previously resisted virtualization to be virtualized.
Other features include:
- A gauge to help you measure the available storage capacity in each of your machines.
- VMstore’s dashboard keeps track of your machines’ chances for the past seven days.
- VM pinning ensures certain VMs or vDisks, perhaps containing mission-critical workloads, perform.
- Setup that includes only connecting VMstore to your server and migrating your VMs over.
- Array-side snapshots allow you to keep track of individual VMs and vDisks without having to take snapshots of entire volumes.
What do you think?
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