I believe all good things come in understanding the use case for something. I’ve been a part of building Enterprise Clouds since 2010 and I can honestly say this is something I know customers could have used back in the early vCloud Director days. If you want to read the SyncVM Datasheet you should, but I wanted to simply explain one popular use case for this. Granted it can be used for a dozen more, but this is one that I and others have used in demos and I will continue to use at coming events. In fact Rob Girard posted a series of six SyncO-De-Mayo short videos about this topic back in 2016 that covers this use case as well as some others that is worth watching.
Tintri SyncVM Enterprise Cloud Use Case – Software Development and Testing
When I stood up one of my first vCloud Director based enterprise clouds in 2010, the customer was building it to replace Lab Manager. They were primarily a software development shop and 90% of the cloud users were in fact developers, QA, and UAT working on their produce at various stages of development. Let’s face it we’ve all been part of an SDLC at some point in our career and throughout the process at some point, someone asks for a copy of production data. Imagine that same customer could achieve today with this technology.
The short of it is if that production data is sitting on a Tintri backed virtual machine, you can simply and easily copy that data to other individual or group of virtual machines. Within minutes your developers or UAT folks can have access to real data without actually affecting the real data. Since you are building this as an Enterprise Cloud with some level of self-service through the magic of the Tintri API stack you can even expose this to users in a self-service portal shown below.
We even have this in a ChatOps demo with the Slack TBot located on GutHub.
You can even do the SyncVM process on a schedule of some kind and control all of it through the workflow tool of your choice. This is all made possible by the Tintri API and various plugins for products like vRealize Orchestrator.
By putting some of this control right in the user’s hands you free up the other teams to do more than just carve up LUNs and volumes. Instead they could spend their time working on the Storage Analytics side of things to keep projects on the move. I am willing to bet if you try out this time-saving feature you will agree that it’s just another way to move your Enterprise Cloud forward and you will also agree this is why Tintri is the best foundation for an enterprise cloud. You can also visit Explore.Tintri.com to learn more or click the image below. Over the coming weeks I will dive into some specific Enterprise Cloud use cases and how Tintri can dramatically improve them.