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Tintri, Inc. is an American information technology company based in Mountain View, California. Tintri provides flash-based VM-aware storage (VAS) products designed for virtual machines and cloud computing. The company’s core product line is the VMstore. It is a box designed to simplify the administration of data center hardware and software, supporting a large number of virtual machines with high performance. Tintri was founded in 2008 by Kieran Harty, who had led development at VMware as their executive vice president of engineering from 1999 to 2006. A native of Ireland, Harty had graduate degrees from Trinity College, Dublin and Stanford University. The initial objective for the company was solving the mismatch between conventional storage and the demands of applications in virtual machine (VM) environments, which causes complex configuration and management as well as over-provisioning. Tintri means "lightning" in the Gaelic language. Early investors included David Cheriton (Hartys Ph.D. adviser) and venture capital from New Enterprise Associates and Lightspeed Venture Partners. The first two rounds raised about $17 million before being disclosed in 2011. Another round of about $25 million was disclosed in July, 2012, with Menlo Ventures as additional investor. Pete Sonsini, (son of Silicon Valley attorney Larry Sonsini) was an early board member. In October 2013, Ken Klein, a Tintri board member and former president of Wind River Systems, became chairman and chief executive. Ian Halifax, also from Wind River, was named chief financial officer in January 2014.


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