Trapped in the past with outdated solutions?

If your virtual infrastructure is creaking under the workloads needed to power modern working, you’re not alone! 

This short video takes you into the Tintri Quantum Geek accelerator and leap ahead of legacy storage, a quantum leap forward in your management of VMs!

Tintri offers a robust PowerShell Toolkit which enables administrators to automate administrative tasks, create workflows, and design custom dashboards. There are no limits to where you jump to next.

Alter your virtual data management history!

Dr. Sam Beckett (aka. Tintri Field CTO Shawn Meyers) and his trusted assistant Al Calavicci (aka. Tintri Principal SE Steve Phillips) will help you alter your virtual data management history by demonstrating:

  • How to get started
  • How to time travel in a virtual machine
  • How to make clones
  • How to view inventory
  • PLUS an added surprise, if Ziggy can keep the demo gremlins away!

Don’t awake to find yourself trapped in the past of outdated solutions, facing complex systems that are not your own. Change your IT future for the better!

Want to find out more?

As a Tintri Partner, Complete IT Systems can offer you expert advice on the solutions and how they could be effectively deployed in your business.

To find out more please call us on 01274 396 213 or use our contact form and we’ll arrange a good time to call you back.

Webinar – lock, load, and protect: Storage’s role in defending against ransomware

Ransomware attacks are now a serious threat to companies. It is no longer a question of “if” but “when” it will impact you. 

Therefore, appropriate protection is especially relevant, and all possible measures should be used to combat the threat.

Be the hero! Know how to leverage all capabilities to protect within your organisation and understand how storage snapshots offer a “first line of defence” when it comes to protecting your data.

Join us on a webinar on 15th May where we will address the following points:

  • Ransomware numbers, data, facts
  • General data protection options available
  • Tintri snapshots and what’s different
  • Tintri’s Immutable Snapshots
  • Use cases for Tintri Snapshots

If that’s not enough, all webinar attendees will go in the hat to win a £50 Amazon voucher (or charitable donation of equivalent value if you would prefer or are unable to accept gifts).

When and where?

  • 📅 Wednesday 15 May, 2024
  • 🕑 14:00 GMT
  • 📍 Online – register here

Want to find out more?

As a Tintri Partner, Complete IT Systems can offer you expert advice on the solutions and how they could be effectively deployed in your business. More information is available on our Tintri solutions page.To find out more please call us on 01274 396 213 or use our contact form and we’ll arrange a good time to call you back.

The case for VM-aware storage

VMware remains central to many UK organisations’ data center infrastructures, and is showing no signs of going away.

Despite this stronghold, many infrastructures still grapple with fundamental data management and protection challenges. While All-Flash arrays have mitigated the notorious IO blender issue to some extent, numerous storage hurdles persist. Among these challenges, gaining insight into the storage IO demands and behaviours of individual virtual machines (VMs), as well as the imperative to forecast and plan for scalability, stand out as critical areas for innovation.

Transitioning from visibility to insight

The majority of storage systems supporting VMware environments operate on a block-based model, inherently lacking visibility into specific VM IO activities. VMware introduced VVOLS in 2015 to enhance VM visibility, yet its volume-based nature constrains rapid response to specific IO conditions. Alternatively, a file-system based storage architecture, treating VMs as files, offers visibility into each VM’s IO profile.

However, harnessing this granular view necessitates more than merely hosting VMs on an NFS volume. Intelligent software embedded within the storage system is required to continuously analyse each VM’s IO pattern, storage capacity consumption rate, and provide predictive forecasting and modeling of future utilisation. Armed with such insights, IT can promptly address storage performance issues, either through corrective measures or by disproving storage as the bottleneck source.

Advancing from insight to learning

Insight into the IO characteristics of individual VMs empowers IT to swiftly and precisely intervene when issues arise. Intelligent infrastructure, through learning from analytics, can autonomously take corrective action. Informed by analysis, it should proactively mitigate outages or adapt to changing performance demands. Leveraging machine learning on existing storage system data enables organisations to evade the burdens of manual storage monitoring and management.

Addressing scalability challenges

Scale presents a universal challenge for VMware and infrastructure administrators. Either the existing storage system will exhaust its capacity or fail to meet IO demands. Scaling typically entails integrating additional storage systems and migrating workloads, a process complicated by current solutions’ tendency to start large, lack granular scalability, and strain the storage network. A more intelligent approach involves a system capable of scaling up by adding storage capacity and scaling out by integrating additional storage systems. The latter can commence with minimal capacity and expand gradually to meet evolving needs.

The conventional obstacle with multiple storage systems lies in their management and determining which VMs necessitate migration. Innovations in storage systems should enable IT to forecast the requirement for new systems using the aforementioned methods. Additionally, there is a pressing need for innovations automating the selection and migration of VMs to new storage systems. Attempting migrations between systems lacking VM awareness proves arduous, time-consuming, and likely to impact production applications.

Empowered with intelligent scale-out capabilities, IT can procure a superior performing storage system with initially lesser capacity than the existing one. Leveraging analytics, the storage software can automatically migrate the most suitable candidates to the new system, liberating capacity on the current system and enhancing VM performance.

Conclusion

To enable IT professionals to focus on tasks with direct and positive organisational impact, self-managing technology is essential. Storage systems and infrastructure serve as an ideal starting point for this transformation. A VM-aware system, with proper intelligence, can furnish invaluable telemetry data empowering IT to optimise storage management. Ultimately, the endgame is to have storage systems autonomously learn from telemetry data and undertake corrective actions, freeing IT to tackle higher-level tasks.

Want to find out more?

As a Tintri Partner, Complete IT Systems can offer you expert advice on the solutions and how they could be effectively deployed in your business. More information is available on our Tintri solutions page.To find out more please call us on 01274 396 213 or use our contact form and we’ll arrange a good time to call you back.

Why VMware storage is a problem – and how to bring it into 2024

Just like all technology, outdated VMware storage can show its age by employing a broad-brush approach rather than a specific one.

While this sledgehammer approach may alleviate or mask certain storage issues within VMware environments, it often falls short, leaving many underlying problems unresolved.

In this article, we look at the consequences of outdated storage for IT teams, and how to solve them (aside from throwing out that old VHS!).

Enter the All-Flash sledgehammer!

All-flash arrays, increasingly cost-effective, offer IT professionals a solution to one of their most vexing issues—the notorious IO blender in VMware setups. This phenomenon occurs when multiple physical servers, each hosting numerous virtual machines, continuously access the storage system, creating a bottleneck. All-flash arrays mitigate this by swiftly responding to IO demands, thanks to their low latency, compared to traditional hard disk or hybrid systems.

However, despite the initial promise, the all-flash solution isn’t a panacea. As virtual machine density rises and workload types become more varied, the IO blender issue resurfaces. Merely reducing latency isn’t enough; intelligent resource allocation is crucial for consistent performance. Without such intelligence, organizations face a dilemma: either refrain from virtualising certain workloads or deploy dedicated storage systems for each workload type, leading to a management nightmare for IT professionals.

Next up, the Hyperconverged sledgehammer:

Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) emerges as another attempt to tackle the IO blender problem in VMware environments. HCI integrates storage software with the hypervisor and VMs on the same hardware, storing a copy of each VM’s data locally to reduce network traffic and the IO blender effect. While some HCI architectures adopt all-flash setups, they still encounter scalability challenges. Adding nodes to the cluster often introduces complexity and inefficiency, particularly in resource utilisation and network management.

HCI’s approach, though aiming to minimize the IO blender, inadvertently exacerbates other issues, such as increased write IO on the network. It sacrifices efficiency in its pursuit of IO optimisation.

It’s time to throw out that old VHS!

To truly address VMware challenges like the IO blender and optimise resource utilisation, a more sophisticated approach is necessary. This entails intelligently allocating infrastructure resources, tailoring solutions to the VMware environment, and efficiently scaling storage capacity and performance.

So, rather than adopting generic systems, purpose-built storage solutions designed specifically for VMware environments offer a more targeted and effective remedy. Read about how Panasonic did just that

Want to find out more?

As a Tintri Partner, Complete IT Systems can offer you expert advice on the solutions and how they could be effectively deployed in your business. More information is available on our Tintri solutions page.

To find out more please call us on 01274 396 213 or use our contact form and we’ll arrange a good time to call you back.

Was your storage great in the 90s, but not so much now?

Even great things don’t last forever. So much so, an eye-opening 24% of organisations cite technology as a business inhibitor, according to research by Tintri.

Due to the need to support more remote workers, virtual environments, cloud migrations, handling larger data volumes, cybersecurity threats, and managing more endpoint devices, increasing demands are straining limited IT resources to the limit and can feel like pushing a boulder uphill.

But smart, AI-driven storage infrastructure can make a significant difference. By eliminating 95% of storage administration tasks, empowering IT generalists and freeing up storage experts, it’s possible to provide a better experience for all stakeholders.

This infographic from Tintri outlines four areas where Intelligent Infrastructure drives IT success.

Want to find out more?

As a Tintri Partner, Complete IT Systems can offer you expert advice on the solutions and how they could be effectively deployed in your business. More information is available on our Tintri solutions page.
To find out more please call us on 01274 396 213 or use our contact form and we’ll arrange a good time to call you back.

Inference and legacy storage – the potential pitfalls

A significant shift is underway that is changing the way applications are deployed – it’s known as inference. This article explores the concept, and how to prepare.

According to DataCamp, Machine learning inference is crucial because it allows the model to be used for real-world use cases such as predictions, classifications, or recommendations. In other words, inference is how AI models decipher information or put in even more simple terms, it makes data usable.

How is inference changing things?

The emergence of highly sophisticated inference applications is reshaping the market landscape. These advancements necessitate finely tuned platforms supported by intricate distribution systems. With careful architectural planning, businesses can achieve remarkable leaps in efficiency, yielding undeniable long-term economic advantages.

To meet the demand for these mission-critical applications, we anticipate a revolutionary evolution in application delivery platforms and innovative availability frameworks. The year 2024 is poised to experience a surge in platform demands reminiscent of the late 1990s.

Undoubtedly, our world for the most part operates under the mantra of accomplishing more with fewer resources. This principle is particularly relevant in the realm of AI. Inference applications, known for their resource demands, pose a significant challenge for businesses striving to remain competitive amidst the necessity for costly and expansive systems.

Presently, managing AI processes and applications relies on specialised operators, intricate networking setups, demanding co-computing requirements, and sophisticated storage solutions. The application and data delivery landscape is changing – are you ready for it?

So what’s not to love?

That’s the good news. Needless to say with opportunity comes threat, and cyber criminals are also getting in on the act. This year will see new and undiscovered attack vectors leveraging the intelligence and power of AI. Find out more – and how to solve it – in this article from Tintri.

Want to find out more?

As a Tintri Partner, Complete IT Systems can offer you expert advice on the solutions and how they could be effectively deployed in your business.

To find out more please call us on 01274 396 213 or use our contact form and we’ll arrange a good time to call you back.

Storage stuck in the 90s? How VM-aware storage unlocks DevOps’ potential

Even the best things don’t last forever, and storage is no different. This week we’re talking about DevOps and your data centre.

DevOps, when implemented correctly, has a positive impact on how work gets done. A successful DevOps implementation leads to expedited workflows, quicker troubleshooting, improved communication, and better results overall. Businesses are facing rapidly changing data requirements and there are a few areas of focus that should prompt DevOps teams to consider what methodology works best to meet their business goals moving forward.

Find out more about how the real-time analytics and automation of Tintri VMstore’s VM-aware technology can unlock the full potential of your DevOps environment, providing unparalleled productivity and agility.

Want to find out more?

As a Tintri Partner, Complete IT Systems can offer you expert advice on the solutions and how they could be effectively deployed in your business.

To find out more please call us on 01274 396 213 or use our contact form and we’ll arrange a good time to call you back.

Intelligent storage management that drives efficiencies – and more!

As we’ve been exploring in recent weeks, running virtual environments can be admin, resource and budget-heavy for IT teams. 

Whether you’re looking to reduce IT admin costs, lower storage TCO, or modernise data management, Tintri’s SQL Integrated Storage is an innovative Intelligent Infrastructure solution that delivers unparalleled visibility, automation and control for virtual and physical Microsoft SQL Server databases.

The result? A new era for SQL Server customers, enabling simplified, intelligent storage management that drives efficiencies, empowers DBAs and provides a consistent end-user experience. This short video (1 minute), gives you the lowdown.

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To find out more please call us on 01274 396 213 or use our contact form and we’ll arrange a good time to call you back.

 

The pain points of managing a virtual environment

Lacking resources, staff and inefficiency?

If so, perhaps some of the following sound familiar?

Tintri VMstore can help alleviate some of these issues, as demonstrated by the following success stories:

DevOps agility

A leading provider of digital healthcare solutions struggled to manage multiple storage platforms and protocols creating slow application deployment and testing times. With Tintri VMstore, they were able to spin up hundreds of VMs quickly, test and tear them down with ease, enabling them to reduce deployment times, while also freeing up IT resources for other critical tasks.

👉 Read more.

Perfect for virtualised workloads

An NHS trust in the UK suffered major latency and bottleneck issues with their existing SAN unable to support their virtualised infrastructure. With Tintri VMstore, they were able to quickly pinpoint storage-related issues and resolve them, with zero downtime since installation.

👉 Read more.

Optimise IT department

An academic institution faced challenges with limited numbers of skilled IT staff and managing a growing infrastructure, helpdesk, and software applications . Tintri VMstore’s “set it and forget it” value proposition reduced the need for specialised storage expertise, thereby freeing up their IT staff for more strategic projects.

👉 Read more.

Measureable impact on bottom line

A UK based B2B provider of unified communications (internet, IT, telephone, mobile, hosting and cloud services) struggled with systems maintenance and administrative backlogs across its disparate servers. The company resolved this by consolidating multiple hosts into a single VMstore platform, reducing administration time by up to 20%. Additionally, it achieved significant power cost savings since it was able to turn off excess servers.

👉 Read more.

Ransomware recovery

A customer was hit with a ransomware attack and needed to recover their VMs quickly. With Tintri VMstore’s advanced snapshot and cloning features, they were able to quickly identify the infected VMs and recover the clean ones in minutes, reducing the impact of the attack.

👉 Read more.

Want to find out more?

As a Tintri Partner, Complete IT Systems can offer you expert advice on the solutions and how they could be effectively deployed in your business.

To find out more please call us on 01274 396 213 or use our contact form and we’ll arrange a good time to call you back.

Revolutionise data management and cut costs

Virtual machines (VMs) have transformed the way businesses manage their IT infrastructure. But how can you continue to optimise your environment?

This article from our partners Tintri shows how to revolutionise your data management and cut costs.

With virtualisation, companies can run multiple virtual machines on a single physical server, which has dramatically improved server utilisation and reduced costs associated with hardware and energy consumption. However, with the increased number of virtual machines, IT complexity has also grown, and storage has become a major bottleneck. Traditional storage systems were not designed to work with virtualised environments, leading to inefficiencies and high costs.

Enter data management solutions like VM-aware storage – which simplifies IT complexity and reduces costs versus the traditional tech stack.

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Want to find out more?

As a Tintri Partner, Complete IT Systems can offer you expert advice on the solutions and how they could be effectively deployed in your business.

To find out more please call us on 01274 396 213 or use our contact form and we’ll arrange a good time to call you back.