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Hybrid flash-disk array startup Tintri is adding Red Hat-flavoured virtualisation to its storage gear – which already supports VMware-powered virtual machines.

Tintri will demonstrate support for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization using Linux's Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) at the Red Hat Summit 2014, which will be held in San Francisco, California, between 14 and 17 April.

Tintri's VMstore array stores data using virtual machine abstractions, with auto-aligned virtual machines and vDisks instead of traditional array constructs such as LUNs and volumes. This means, it says, virtual-server admins can manage its storage with no need for storage admin staff.

Tintri's formaggio grande Ken Klein said: “Red Hat customers can now benefit from the only hypervisor-neutral storage platform with VM-awareness and adaptive learning capabilities to support hundreds of mixed workloads – servers, VDI, dev and test – concurrently on a single Tintri VMstore. Customers can also deploy both vSphere and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation on a single VMstore at the same time."

Perhaps they'll be able to convert VMware VMs to KVM VMs at some stage too, and vice versa. Tintri claims its KVM-aware VMstore will feature:

  • A setup process that takes less than ten minutes with no need for any complex configuration or ongoing tuning.
  • Ability to seamlessly scale virtualised environments from few tens to thousands of VMs without additional storage provisioning.
  • Instantly identifiable performance hot spots at the hypervisor, network and storage levels, with comprehensive end-to-end performance and bottleneck visualisation at each layer.
  • Ability to protect individual VMs with customisable policies with space- and performance-efficient snapshots.
  • Ability to create hundreds of high-performance, zero-space VM clones for speeding up VM provisioning for VDI and test and dev workloads.
  • Per-VM data protection and disaster recovery with replication reducing WAN bandwidth usage by as much as 95 per cent with global dedupe and compression.

Red Hat GM for virtualisation and OpenStack Radhesh Balakrishnan played a cloud tune in his canned comment: “Tintri’s support for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation which leverages the new RHEV 3.3 backup API will provide Red Hat customers an on-ramp to deploy high-level functionality required for robust yet simple cloud computing services based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform.”

There are more details on a Tintri blog. ®

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