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DDN Tintri IntelliFlash H-Series Released

by Michael Rink
IntelliFlash H-Series

Two years ago, DataDirect Networks (DDN) decided to buy Tintri. So far, DDN has continued releasing products under the Tintri brand name while slowly incorporating Tintri’s technology. Today, DDN has taken another step along their surprisingly long road to fully absorbing the company they bought. Tintri just released a new hybrid NVMe/HDD series of systems that will be available under both the DDN and Tintri brand names, the IntelliFlash H-series. The company also announced an addition to their VMStore product line, the VMStore T7000. The VMStore T7000 is due out Q1 CY2021. We interviewed the Field CTO of Tintri earlier this year; you should listen to the conversation if you’re interested in an inside look at the company. DataDirect Networks was formed by a merger of MegaDrive and ImpactData in 1998. DDN focuses on storage solutions.

Two years ago, DataDirect Networks (DDN) decided to buy Tintri. So far, DDN has continued releasing products under the Tintri brand name while slowly incorporating Tintri’s technology. Today, DDN has taken another step along their surprisingly long road to fully absorbing the company they bought. Tintri just released a new hybrid NVMe/HDD series of systems that will be available under both the DDN and Tintri brand names, the IntelliFlash H-series. The company also announced an addition to their VMStore product line, the VMStore T7000. The VMStore T7000 is due out Q1 CY2021. We interviewed the Field CTO of Tintri earlier this year; you should listen to the conversation if you’re interested in an inside look at the company. DataDirect Networks was formed by a merger of MegaDrive and ImpactData in 1998. DDN focuses on storage solutions.

IntelliFlash H-Series

The IntelliFlash H-Series of hybrid flash systems is available from both DDN and their wholly-owned subsidiary, Tintri. The systems are, or rather will be, available in two sizes. The larger, H6200 systems are extra deep, measuring 6.9” H x 17.56” W 42.52” D (175.3mm H x 446mm W x 1080mm D) , and are available immediately. The company also plans to release a more typical depth H6100 system with lower capacity in the first quarter of next year. Both versions are split into 2U controller units and 4U expansion units. It looks like both platforms will use the same or nearly identical controllers that support up to 24 NVMe SSDs to provide the flash half of the hybrid system. In both cases, the controller has a different depth than the expansion units, with the controller measuring 3.45″ H x 17.58″ W 33.5″ D (87.6mm H x 446.4mm W x 850mm D). The larger H6200 expansion units support up to 90 SAS HDDs per expansion unit. The smaller H6100 expansion units support only up to 24 SAS HDDs per expansion unit. A surprisingly low capacity for such a tall expansion unit. Both systems offer the same networking options. Administration ports consist of 4x 1GbE, 2x 1GbE (IPMI). Customers have a choice of 16x 10GbE, 8x 25GbE, or 8x 100GbE for ethernet data ports. Fiber ports are also available in either 8x 8G or 16x 16G FC. The system comes with Tintri’s IntelliFlash Operating Environment that provides deduplication, compression, snapshotting, cloning, and a host of other features common to the entire line. The H-Series also supports both SAN and NAS protocols on a single system.

DDN Tintri IntelliFlash H-Series Key Specifiactions

Model

H6100

H6200

Storage Capacity

NVMe RAW Capacity (TB)

23 to 92

46 to 368

HDD RAW Capacity (TB)

96 to 1344

720 to 6480

Hybrid E ective Capacity (TB)

384 to 5376

2880 to 25920

Storage Controllers

Dual Controller (active/active), fully redundant architecture

Ethernet Data I/O Ports

Choice of: 16x 10GbE, 8x 25GbE or 8x 100GbE

Fibre Channel Data I/O Ports

Choice of 8x 8G or 16x 16G FC

Network Admin Ports

4x 1GbE, 2x 1GbE (IPMI)

Controller Form Factor

2RU (24x NVMe SSDs)

2RU (24x NVMe SSDs)

Controller Physical Dimensions

3.45”(H) x 17.58” (W) 33.5” (D) (87.6mm (H) x 446.4mm (W) x 850mm (D))

3.45”(H) x 17.58” (W) 33.5” (D) (87.6mm (H) x 446.4mm (W) x 850mm (D))

Weight

105lbs (47.63kg)

105lbs (47.63kg)

Typical Power Usage (Watt)

800 W (2730 BTU/hr)

840 W (2866 BTU/hr)

Environmental Speci cations

Operating temperature: 10°C to 25°C (50°F to 77°F) Non-operating temperature: -40°C to 70°C (-40°F to 158°F) Operating relative humidity: 20% to 90% (non-condensing) Non-operating relative humidity: 5% to 95% (non-condensing)

Expansion Shelves

Expansion Form Factor

4RU (24x SAS HDDs) per expansion shelf

4RU (90x SAS HDDs) per expansion shelf

Expansion Shelf Physical Dimensions

7.0”(H) x 17.2” (W) 27.0” (D) (178mm (H) x 437mm (W) x 686mm (D))

6.9”(H) x 17.56” (W) 42.52” (D) (175.3mm (H) x 446mm (W) x 1080mm (D))

Software Services

Block and File Protocols

SAN Protocols (iSCSI, Fibre Channel), NAS Protocols (NFS, SMB)

Capabilities

IntelliFlash Operating Environment:
Real-time deduplication and compression, snapshots and clones, space e cient thin provisioning,
synchronous replication, full featured le services, S3 Cloud Connector, Live Dataset Migration, data-aH-rest and data-in- ight encryption

Management

IntelliFlash web UI, con guration wizard, Analytics for IntelliFlash, VMware plug-in for vCenter and support for vCenter Linked Mode, RBAC, SRA and VAAI NAS; Microsoft SCVMM/SMI-S, IP-KVM, SNMP, PowerShell Toolkit

Hardware Availability

Redundant storage controllers, fans, power supplies, and network ports; removable SSDs and HDDs, SAS expansion

Tintri hasn’t shared many details about their not too distant release of their Vmstore T7000. What we do know is that they claim the system will offer a higher density of NVMe storage to support more VMs in the same physical volume than their previous products. Each unit is expected to support just 10 drives with support for what Tintri is calling “non-disruptive drive-by-drive expansion.” They also claim the system will be 30% faster but have not yet shared details on what processors they will use to achieve that improvement.

Availability

IntelliFlash H-Series H6200 – Immediately

IntelliFlash H-Series H6100 – expected Q1 CY2021

VMstore T7000 – expected Q1 CY2021

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