Tintri VMstore Review

We have been using NetApp for several years and made the switch for increased performance.


Valuable Features

Performance of flash at a much lower cost.

Improvements to My Organization

No longer need to manage LUNs and reclaim space. No need to worry about performance degrading when capacity exceeds 80%. Space savings is great.

Use of Solution

1 month

Deployment Issues

No, the deployment was very quick and easy to setup.

Stability Issues

Never any stability issues. Even OS upgrade is simply and can be done during production hours.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

Great customer service!

Technical Support:

Haven't had the need for technical support.

Previous Solutions

We have been using NetApp for several years and made the switch for increased performance. The performance of the T820 exceed that of our NetApp FAS8040 with 46x 10k RPM drives with 5x SSD drives for Flash Pool.

Initial Setup

Initial setup was very easy. Just fill in some information including IP addresses, jumbo frames, LACP, and you are good to go.

ROI

TBD, but had we purchased the Tintri prior to spending money on NetApp there would have been a huge cost savings.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

Pricing is great, especially for what you are getting. The closest competitor I would match Tintri too as far as performance vs price is Nimble and I am glad we purchased Tintri.

Other Solutions Considered

Primarily looked at Nimble, but also considered SolidFire and Tegile.

Other Advice

Look at where datacenters and virtualization are going. Many people consider "Software Defined" as simply a buzzword, but the truth is software is driving the datacenter. With Tintri you can save on compute resources by taking advantage of their VM-aware Storage. I honestly stumbled upon Tintri when I was looking into VVOLs with vSphere 6.0 and our NetApp. After lots of research it was apparent that VVOLs is not ready for prime-time and Tintri does A LOT more than what VVOLs can accomplish. Plus it was clear that VMware was simply taking the direction that Tintri already had a solution to. I couldn't be happier with the decision we made to invest in Tintri and our customers are much happier too.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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