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
- 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.
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.
You can look at each VM’s latency in more detail.
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
Then apply the best practice setting.
Once applied you can then view these settings
By right-clicking on a VM you can see the Protection options. From here you can take a Snapshot, clone or replicate.
Plus you can set the Snapshot & Replication schedules:
To see the product in action there is great demo on the Tintri website. Click here.