December 13th 2016 marks the two-year anniversary since the first official GA release of Hyper-V support for Tintri’s VM-aware storage platforms. I thought I’d take a little time to cover some of the history and some of the achievements along the way.
Tintri VMstore was designed from the ground up to be a VM-aware storage platform for Enterprise and Cloud Service Providers. For the first few years, the NFSv3 protocol implementation and and vCenter management stack were the primary points of contact between the VMstore and customers’ virtualisation ecosystem.
Early in July 2013, we started the process of adding the necessary components for supporting Hyper-V customers. SMB 3.0+ support, Active Directory integration, an SMI-S provider and Hyper-V WMI support. All built on top of the same VM-aware storage platform that had already been serving our VMware customers in mission-critical applications.
A year and five months later (after a few months of alpha and beta), we brought our Hyper-V support to the world in a GA release.
It was a fairly basic implementation. Some VMware functionality didn’t exist with Hyper-V and we learned a lot about how we could best fit into a Hyper-V environment.
Since then, we’ve been busy making sure that innovative new Tintri functionality is exposed to Hyper-V customers as quickly as is practical, including some of the following:
- SyncVM, including File-Level Recovery
- Quality of Service
- Tintri VM Scale Out
- VM consistent snapshot integration with Hyper-V 2012r2 and 2016
- Tintri VM Analytics
We’ve also added a great deal of awesome Hyper-V specific functionality — some of which doesn’t yet exist in the VMware ecosystem — including:
- SMB Multichannel
- SMB Transport-level encryption
- SMB Offload Data Transfer (ODX)
- Distributed SMB Offload Data Transfer (ODX)
- Additional SCVMM integration
- SCOM integration
Plus a plethora of small little improvements and fixes.
None of this would be possible without all of the folks involved. We have a dedicated team of talented engineers developing, testing and supporting our Hyper-V featureset. They’re not alone though. Our entire Engineering organisation is dedicated to delivering the best possible product suite to all of our customers and right from that very first day in July 2013, the whole team has been there to help.
Our field teams and customerbase have also been invaluable. There have been countless long discussions around new features and improving current functionality. Thanks and keep those letter coming, folks.
We aren’t done yet though. We’ve come along way over the past two years, and there’s so much more that we want to do. The whole company is constantly looking for ways to continue to innovate and help make customers’ lives easier — no matter which hypervisor(s) they use.
Watch this space.