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​​EMC Debuts Elastic Cloud Storage Appliance, Updates Software-Defined Storage Platform

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At EMC World 2014 in Las Vegas, EMC announced a new ​​EMC Elastic Cloud Storage appliance for high-density private cloud storage, and a major update to its ViPR Software-Defined Storage platform.

Formerly known as “Project Nile”, the EMC ECS appliance provides high-density per rack unit, cramming as much as 2.9 Petabytes into a single rack, with the ability to be clustered for Exabyte scale. But the EMC ECS appliance is also designed to bring the ease-of-use and agility of a public cloud to the private cloud.

According to EMC, the EMC ECS appliance also offers significant savings over public cloud solutions when it comes to hyperscale cloud storage. For an enterprise with 1.4 PB raw data and 740 TB of it utilized, the appliance can cost nine percent less than Google and 18 percent less than Amazon. For larger implementations (11.5 PB raw/5.7 PB utilized), it can cost customers 23 percent less than Google and 28 percent less than Amazon to operate.

And while public clouds are dealing with issues around control and security, an on-premise appliances are still very attractive given their they don’t require moving data in and out of the public cloud environment, and that it is safe from outside system outages and service provider security breaches.

The general release of the ECS appliance will be in the second quarter of 2014, along with new EMC architecture and design professional services for the ECS Appliance to help customers identify the application workloads best suited for the ECS Appliance, and architect and design suitable system configurations.

​​ViPR 2.0

EMC ViPR 2.0 is the latest version of EMC’s ViPR SDS platform, offering simple management of both existing and new storage infrastructures including new data services to underpin applications like Big Data analytics. ViPR 2.0 adds new block data services and new geographic replication and distribution. It also provides support for commodity drives and additional third-party arrays through OpenStack.

Software Defined Storage separates the control plane from the data plane, allowing software to manage arrays intelligently based on automated policies. The ViPR Platform not only provides SDS management, but it also plugs into higher-level management and orchestration tools from VMware, OpenStack and Microsoft to make storage a part of broader data center workflows.

According to IDC Storage Practice program vice president Laura Dubois, “The advancements in core capabilities – such as added third party array support, including commodity hardware, along with leading edge geo-replication and geo-distribution features will be necessary for any customer looking to leverage and expand their existing storage infrastructure. ViPR’s self-service storage capabilities reduce human error and provide a very simple, fast and smooth provisioning experience.”

EMC ViPR 2.0, available in the second quarter of 2014. ViPR SRM and SAS 9.3 will be available in Q2.

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David Hamilton is a Toronto-based technology journalist who has written for the National Post and other news outlets. He has covered the hosting industry internationally for the Web Host Industry Review with particular attention to innovative hosting solutions and the issues facing the industry. David is a graduate of Queen’s University and the Humber College School of Media Studies.

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