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Developments of the week in storage
Tintri last week announced is second-generation Tintri VMstore appliance, which now provides visibility into virtual machine performance bottlenecks and corrects misalignment problems between the guest file system and storage infrastructure.
The Tintri VMstore lets IT administrators view virtual machine or vDisk latency and identify where performance issues are taking place. VM misalignment is automatically corrected with the Tintri appliance.
Featuring dual storage controllers, the Tintri VMstore appliance is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2011.
Tintri is addressing two long-standing storage pain points with this release, and they're doing so in an efficient, intuitive manner. Giving VM administrators deeper visibility into performance and introducing an auto-alignment feature for VMs will eliminate two of the more tedious tasks associated with managing storage in a virtual environment. This release — and Tintri's VM-aware nature — is a refreshing approach to storage for VMs.
On other news, Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple stepped down last week, leaving his job in the hands of Tim Cook. While the bench at Apple is deep, Jobs has been recognized as a fantastic team leader, mentor and motivator. The next phase of Apple's development will likely be a reflection of Steve's success at building a team to carry on the excellence. His expertise will be reflected by his succeeding team.
Finally, Drobo last week introduced the Drobo B1200i, a storage array for the small and medium-sized business. The 12-bay array includes solid state drives (SSD) and Serial Attached SCSI (SAS). It also deploys an automated tiering method that allows the migration of data into and out of the SSD tier. The B1200i is available now starting at $10,000 for 12TB of SAS storage.
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