Simplifying Storage Chargeback/Showback with Tintri- Part 1

Enterprises today are moving towards a Private Cloud based model for running their IT Infrastructure or they are looking at Public Cloud for some of their select workloads. One of the key requirements of deploying a Private Cloud or consuming the public cloud is Chargeback or Showback.chargeback

As we know, with Chargeback, the IT Department/Service Provider hands over a formal bill to the Line of Businesses (LOB)/Customer to recover costs of delivering the service to them whereas with Showback, there is no exchange of any Bills or money.With Showback, IT just tries to introduce a culture of Cost Awareness, Cost Justification, Capacity Planning and Awareness. The model chosen by different enterprises depends on policies and objectives that different Enterprises have.

Chargeback/Showback – The Storage Challenge

Both Chargeback and Showback require some definitive metrics at various levels based on which the overall cost can be measured for delivering a service. Here the discussion will focus on the Data Storage side of the equation.

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Why Tintri’s milestone of 200,000 VMs and 16PB of Storage is bigger than you think?

Yesterday we announced a significant milestone of 200,000 VMs deployed on Tintri with close to 16PB addressed by these VMs.

Now, these numbers may not look big on their own, but they become really interesting when you combine it with the fact we have doubled the number of VMs in last 6 months and that capacity numbers are for VMs experiencing sub-ms performance. All of this has come at the cost of incumbent storage providers where Tintri beat Modern & Traditional Storage Vendors in process.

Tintri brought a revolutionary Storage platform in 2011 designed for Flash just to run VMs and vDisks. The idea was to have a storage platform that was designed with Virtualization in mind and not Physical Workloads. To date, Tintri VMstore is the only external, best-of-breed platform that has laser focus on Virtualization. The General Purpose Platforms (Traditional & Modern, Flash & Hybrid) continue to focus on Physical workloads even as the customers are moving towards 100% virtualization.=

Where Tintri continues to have edge across multiple Hypervisors is the vDisk level visibility of workloads as compared to General Purpose Platforms that have no idea about what happens at the Hypervisor layer.

One of the drawbacks of this is the IO blender effect that everyone talks about with no effort to provide any solution except throwing flash at it. Tintri is the only platform that addresses it, delivering high performance, sub-ms response times, vDisk granular isolation, predictability, analytics across the infrastructure and per VM data services.

VMware VVOLs is the step in the right direction but it is just an enabler for one hypervisor and it’ll depend upon a vendor on what functionalities it brings to the storage platforms. With all our experience in managing and understanding VMs, Tintri is committed to bring all the goodness that the customers have experienced on the VMstore and much more to VVOLs. And only Tintri would be able to provide customers a choice of deploying VMs either with VVOLs or with an open implementation like NFS without compromising on functionality.

How will we maintain this growth, as the base gets bigger?

Tintri has a solid roadmap. Our focus on Virtualization allows us to bring better functionality around Virtualization & Cloud, much faster to the market. We don’t have to try to be good for all workloads as other General Purpose Platforms and in process compromise everywhere. We are the best Storage Platform for Virtualization & Cloud and would continue to be so for a long time.

If you want to experience all-flash performance for all your virtualized applications (not just the critical ones) at 1/4th of the cost of an over-provisioned flash array (through over-sold dedup and compression) with all the analytics, auto-tuning, VM granular goodness and isolation that our customers are experiencing, I would encourage you to contact your Tintri Rep or your preferred partner. If you plan to attend VMworld, we are going to have big presence there. You can book a Private meeting with Tintri or attend one of our sessions. See details here.

Cheers..

@storarch

Converged Infrastructures – Trying to Cure the Symptoms not the Disease

Converged Infrastructures (CIs) and Reference Architectures like vBlock from VCE, VSPEX from EMC and FlexPod from NetApp have seen a lot of growth in the last few years. The growth did not come as a surprise to anyone given the perception around CIs solving some of the big IT pain points around Sizing, Architecting, Standardizing and Faster time to market.

The big benefit that Vendors promised with CIs was that it would reduce time required for making infrastructure ready to provide service by reducing or eliminating the time needed in various phases like Architect & Size, Detail Design, Deployment and Test.

Reality

But what was the real need for CIs and reference architectures?

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Reduce the Storage Best Practices to be followed for your Applications by 99%

Yes, you read it right – With Tintri you can reduce the number of Storage Best Practices to be followed for your Applications by 99%. Don’t believe me? Refer our Citrix XenDesktop Best practices documents as an example. There are five papers written by Rob Girard, an ex-Tintri customer who jumped over to Tintri to be a Tintri TME. He knows exactly what it means to be on both sides of the fence (give him a shout on Twitter).

Three things that standout in the papers are that –

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Do you wear dress shoes when going for a Run?

Perhaps not and you don’t wear running shoes with your dress suit as well, unless you are a Justin Timberlake fan.

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Usually we have at least 2-3 types of shoes (could be more and one may have more than one of each type). Each for what it is meant for and based on what type of foot we have. There is no shoe that works for all type of feet, one that we can use for running, for wearing with suits and for our casual wear. If at all there were one, it would compromise on all fronts and risk your health.

Well, this is not a fashion or health related blog. So you know where I am going from here….

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My favorite part about VSAN…

Right from the day it was introduced by VMware at VMworld 2012, VSAN has attracted me with at least one thing – Simplicity. At that time, it was amazing to see the storage getting enabled in vCenter by just clicking a couple of check boxes. VSAN has seen its supporters and detractors but one thing that everyone agrees on is its simplicity.

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How does Tintri deliver 99% IO from Flash?

This comes up a lot in my conversations with Customers, Prospects and Partners. Delivering 99% of the IO from Flash is one of the biggest differentiators for Tintri that allows us to maximize the value of Flash, delivering sub millisecond latencies to workloads.

One of the toughest jobs for any product that has both spinning disks and Flash is to keep the Flash filled with meaningful data in order to maximize the IO from Flash. This is something that the engineering teams really struggle with, resulting in products that deliver less than 50% IO from Flash in real life situations.

Tintri delivers this with the help of four key technologies –

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Is VVol the solution to VM awareness ??

VVols is ‘THE’ solution to VM awareness for many.

Yes, we have been waiting for it for a long time now and we are still unsure about its whereabouts.

For those of you who want to understand why there is a need for VM awareness, there are a lot of blogs on this topic by some of the best in the industry. Stephen Foskett covered it in three parts – Part1, Part2, Part 3. Tintri has a great infographic explaining it on a page here and in a blog post here .

VVols is bringing in a new type of model which basically helps one define policies and data services at a VM level, getting granular than the current model used by traditional storage devices, which is at a Volume/LUN level and at the same time preventing the IO Blender situation to an extent.

In my opinion, adding VVols to vSphere is a great step by VMware but it is definitely only a small part of the solution. In fact, I think it is just an enabler and there is a lot that is needed at the underlying storage level to make it an ideal VM aware storage. Let’s dig more into this.

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A new beginning ……

Yes, I have taken the plunge and I am on to a new challenge. I had a great ride at NetApp and I will cherish every moment I spent there, learning a lot which helped me grow both personally and professionally.

I think it is important to take on new challenges and adapt to changes because nothing ever stays the same, which means unless you can adapt and change too, you will be stuck doing the same things, which could then make your life a lot harder than it needs to be.

So, what makes Tintri so special?

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