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Because storage needs to get smarter, Tintri raises US$125 million

Ben Kepes | Aug. 6, 2015
Tintri is all about making storage smart. In the old days, storage users looked for the staunchest storage they could find. It was a case of smashing storage problems by simply applying more force (i.e., bulk) to the storage pool. Those days are rapidly ending, and customers are now looking for smart storage solutions -- ones that can answer their real and, most importantly, rapidly changing, needs.

The company isn't shy to prognosticate doom for this venerable storage company, telling me that "NetApp is struggling. Their overall revenue and product revenue is declining because they are failing to deliver products that solve real customer problems. They are using storage architecture built for physical workloads when 75 percent of workloads today are virtualized. Tintri, on the other hand, is built for virtualized workloads: its performance is 6x faster, footprint is at least four times smaller, and the time required to manage storage is 98 percent less."

Fighting talk indeed. It will be interesting to see if Tintri continues to perform the way it talks. One thing is certain, the storage industry is changing, and those changes will be toxic to traditional vendors.


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