Tintri VMstore Review

Upgrades are super easy and can be done during business hours without interruptions in production

What is our primary use case?

Tintri T5060 SSD array used for high performance requirements of Windows 10 VDI environment using Citrix XenDesktop.

KPI: Performance must be equal to or better than a local user environment.

How has it helped my organization?

The Tintri VMstore was faster than most local user laptops and desktops available at the time. Most users were on spinning disk or hybrid storage. 

In the VDI environment, the "VM-aware" T5060, along with its extremely fast speeds, has removed storage as your typical bottleneck.

What is most valuable?

  • Its VM-aware features have been excellent to use and integrate with XenServer as well. 
  • Its speed has been absolutely fantastic. 
  • Upgrades are super easy and can be done during business hours without interruptions in production.

What needs improvement?

  • I would love more insight into each virtual machine statistic. 
  • The Tintri Analytics site is excellent for long-term trending, but more data would be great.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues.

How is customer service and technical support?

Technical support has been excellent, Their engineers are excellent and easy to access.

Which solutions did we use previously?

No previous solution was used.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup was very straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

Implementation was done in-house.

What was our ROI?

ROI is excellent, but have no specific data.

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

Ensure the storage system "natively" supports the protocols that you wish to use (i.e., CIFS) without the need for the overhead of internal "conversion VMs" that run the protocols.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Pure Storage SSD arrays.

What other advice do I have?

Tintri has been a breeze to deal with!  We have had no issues.

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