Tintri Grabs $75M for Application-Aware Storage

By Pedro Hernandez

Tintri, a Mountain View, Calif.-based data storage systems provider, announced today that it had raised $75 million in a Series E round of funding.

The company's flagship offering is VMstore, a virtualization-friendly storage platform that prioritizes application performance. According to the company, VMstore handles "storage operations such as snapshots, clones, and replication are done at VM level, which eliminates the need to deal with underlying the complexity of traditional storage."

VMstore employs a hybrid, "FlashFirst" storage approach for speeding up virtual machine (VM) workloads. Built-in intelligence tracks VM I/O and serves active data out of solid-state drives (SSDs), ensuring that 99 percent of all I/O delivered by the system "is served from flash sub-millisecond latencies," claims Tintri.

In 2011, Tintri's co-founder and then-CEO (now CTO), Kieran Harty, told InfoStor in 2011 that the company built "a hardware appliance that is not general purpose storage, rather it is specifically for virtualization environments. It does not have the traditional storage concepts of volumes or other low level details; instead it deals with things at the virtual machine level."

Tintri's enterprise customer base numbers in the hundreds and includes AMD, F5 Networks, Sonicwall and Washington State University. They have deployed 100,000 VMs, accounting for an increase of 300 percent in one year, and have over 7 petabytes of user data under management by its systems.

The new "oversubscribed" round of financing brings the company's total haul to $135 million. It also brings the company closer to a planned IPO. In the meantime, the company plans to expand its operations to bring its application-aware storage platform to more markets. The company also announced today a new Australian headquarters in Melbourne.

"With the additional funding, we are excited to offer our solutions to an ever larger audience," said Tintri's current CEO Ken Klein in a statement. It's his company's "strong belief that applications drive business and infrastructure exists only to support applications."

"The concept of application-aware storage goes way beyond merely replacing some disks with flash," added Klein.

Tintri competes with other hybrid storage providers whose wares target virtualized workloads. Tegile, a Newark, Calif.-based startup, leverages hybrid SSD-HDD arrays to help organizations implement responsive virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) setups. Likewise, Nimble enlists both SSDs and traditional hard drives, along with its Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout Architecture (CASL), to give VMs a flash-enabled boost.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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This article was originally published on February 13, 2014