Gartner Magic Quadrant Names Tintri a Visionary for General-Purpose Disk Arrays for Third Time in a Row

Article Written by David Marshall

This week Tintri announced that it has been named a Visionary in Gartner Inc.'s 2016 Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays. This is the third straight year that Tintri has received this distinction. Gartner placed Tintri in the Visionaries Quadrant for completeness of vision and ability to execute. 

This year, it was Tintri's VMstore T800 Hybrid-Flash series that was evaluated. In its final 2016 report, Gartner notes, "Tight budgets and skills shortages have caused vendors and users to focus on technologies and features that lower acquisition and ownership costs while improving performance and throughput. This has resulted in thin-provisioning, auto-tiering, hybrid configurations (Flash and HDDs) and near-autonomic operation becoming ubiquitous general-purpose disk arrays. It is also driving the deployment of SSAs into I/O-intensive environments and creating opportunities for emerging storage companies that can refactor infrastructure designs to obtain incremental improvements in performance, economics and staff productivity." 

The Tintri VMstore T800 Series and the Tintri VMstore T5000 All-Flash Series are the foundation of the Tintri Enterprise Cloud Platform. Tintri claims that Gartner's report helps show that its platform is highly differentiated from other storage products-starting with its architecture. Tintri is built with a public cloud-like web services framework and RESTful APIs. Tintri says that, while other storage providers claim to be virtualization and cloud friendly, only Tintri can offer the following features: 

·       Performance isolation-the ability to assign every virtual machine its own lane, eliminating conflict over storage resources

·       Per-VM QoS-the power to guarantee the performance of any individual virtual machine by setting minimum and/or maximum IO thresholds

·       Cross-infrastructure troubleshooting-visibility across compute, network and storage to identify the root cause of latency in one click

·       VM-level analytics-real-time analytics and predictive analytics that forecast capacity and performance needs and allow for what-if modeling

·       Unmatched scale-management of up to 10 PB and 160,000 virtual machines from a single console and by one or more IT generalists

·       Extensibility-support for multiple, concurrent hypervisors on a single platform-spanning VMware, Microsoft, OpenStack, Citrix and Red Hat

·       Automation-automated policy management and storage actions fueled by PowerShell scripts and REST APIs. 

"Tintri is honored to three times be positioned as a Visionary in the Magic Quadrant," said Ken Klein, chairman and CEO of Tintri. "We see this as acknowledgement that Tintri stands apart from other storage providers. We don't offer incremental benefits over legacy storage-customers choose us because they want to completely change the equation, massively improving productivity and reducing operating costs. We were prescient in building a platform similar to public cloud's web services and APIs, as it enables far greater innovation for our customers. And it makes Tintri uniquely suited to deliver an enterprise cloud platform with the automation, analytics and self-service required in a modern data center." 

To access the report, visit: Gartner Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays 2016


About the Author

David Marshall is an industry recognized virtualization and cloud computing expert, a seven time recipient of the VMware vExpert distinction, and has been heavily involved in the industry for the past 16 years.  To help solve industry challenges, he co-founded and helped start several successful virtualization software companies such as ProTier, Surgient, Hyper9 and Vertiscale. He also spent a few years transforming desktop virtualization while at Virtual Bridges.

David is also a co-author of two very popular server virtualization books: "Advanced Server Virtualization: VMware and Microsoft Platforms in the Virtual Data Center" and "VMware ESX Essentials in the Virtual Data Center" and the Technical Editor on Wiley's "Virtualization for Dummies" and "VMware VI3 for Dummies" books.  David also authored countless articles for a number of well known technical magazines, including: InfoWorld, Virtual-Strategy and TechTarget.  In 2004, he founded the oldest independent virtualization and cloud computing news site,, which he still operates today.

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