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Tintri VM-awareness extended to vCenter UI

Tintri already provides one of the easiest and most user friendly management interfaces I’ve ever seen on a storage platform. Today sees the announcement of their new management plugin for Virtual Center which gives virtual administrators access and visibility to their VMstore environment in the familiar vSphere web UI format. The plugin is free to all Tintri customers and will be available for download on March 24th.

Tintri now offers management capabilities at the following levels:

  • VMStore UI – Individual node management console
  • vSphere Web UI – Multiple VMstore/Datastore management from Virtual Center
  • Tintri Global Center – Manage up to 32 VMstores from a single UI

Here’s a rundown on the key features of the new plugin:

Centralised VMstore Monitoring

  • VMstore level dashboard
  • Alert monitoring & management
  • Performance & Space resource gauges and changers
  • Real-time and historic monitoring

Easy Configuration

  • Install & setup in a few minutes
  • Scales incrementally by adding more VMstores
  • Centrally updates VMstore configuration and Hypervisor optimisation settings

Per-VM Data Management

  • Space efficient snapshots and clones
  • WAN efficient replication
  • Instantly diagnose VM performance issues with end-to-end latency breakdown

I’ll walk you through some of these capabilities:

Below is a screenshot of the Datastore overview panel. From here you get a summary view of the performance & capacity data, plus a list of the main VM’s that have changed their resource consumption.

Tintri VCP VMStore Overview

Each panel in the in the Datatsore overview window can be expanded. Below is a view of the Datastore latency and you can see the end-to-end breakdown by clicking on any point on the chart. You can also see a list of the top VM contributors on the right.

Tintri VCP TopLatencyConributors

You can look at each VM’s latency in more detail.

Tintri VCP VMsummary latency

Adding additional VMstores is very simple and applying optimisation/best practice setting can be done my right-clicking each Datastore.

Each Datastore will be added to all ESX hosts

Tintri VCP Add VMstore To All Hosts

Then apply the best practice setting.

Tintri VCP ApplyBestPractices

Once applied you can then view these settings

Tintri VCP ApplyBestPractices detail

By right-clicking on a VM you can see the Protection options. From here you can take a Snapshot, clone or replicate.

Tintri VCP Protect Replication Snaps

Plus you can set the Snapshot & Replication schedules:

Tintri VCP ScheduleSnaps

To see the product in action there is great demo on the Tintri website. Click here.