Tintri VMstore Review

The hybrid flash is fast with low latency, but we didn't get the expected data compression ratios in deployment.


What is most valuable?

Speed - the hybrid flash has low latency even at high bandwidth.

Performance Metrics - the ability to see which VM is having issues in now only 3 clicks away.

How has it helped my organization?

Since our purchase Tintri has added QoS. While that works great the vmstores are so good at eliminating noisy neighbor issues we have not had to use it.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see better integration of the Tintri features directly into vSphere. Some of this is an extensibility issue in vSphere. They need to keep improving single pane of glass management across many Tintri units and not just monitoring of all units. They are making progress on both of these issues.

For how long have I used the solution?

9 months

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

We do not get the expected data compression ratios. This has been true for all data-dupe/compression technologies.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No. I can perform OS upgrades during the day. The active-passive architecture switches so fast the upgrade causes no issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is just an add-more proposition. It is easy and the units come essentially in small, medium, and large.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

They have been very responsive to all questions and tickets.

Technical Support:

They have been responsive and helpful.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were using NetApp FAS3240. They are older models and too slow. Their OnCommand Balance product never lived up to expected monitoring.

How was the initial setup?

Setup is easy. The storage is only for virtualization so it is ready to go. Add some basic configuration information, add the datastore, move VMs. No knobs to turn to tune it in.

What about the implementation team?

We implemented this in house. One shouldn't need a team to setup a Tintri.

What was our ROI?

How do you value a trouble free solution that works and provides metrics you cannot get anywhere else?

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is nice that we can add encryption later if we need it. It is so common to need encrypting disks with initial purchase to get this feature.

What other advice do I have?

Get a POC. The time it takes to setup and test is so minimal.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarRaffaello Poltronieri
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Agree especially on the last point: Get a POC. Best way to feel the experience