EMC Updates Cloud Storage Platform with ECS v2.2 Release

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EMC has updated its software-defined, object-based cloud storage platform, Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS), with lower cost cloud storage. ECS v2.2 has been released to general availability, the company announced Tuesday, touting the success the service has had as a multi-purpose, shared global storage solution.

ECS was unveiled in spring 2014 to provide high-density storage with exabyte scalability in a private cloud, with the ease and agility of a public cloud.

The new ECS features lower storage overhead for cold archive scenarios, and provides a single pane of glass view of complete system health to help reduce operational costs, deployed either on certified hardware or as a turnkey appliance. The software defined storage product includes “Smart Storage,” which allows metadata searches and analytics insights without a dedicated database, “data at rest” encryption support, and NFS support.

ECS also breaks dedicated down storage silos with native support for multiple protocols, including AWS S3, OpenStack Swift, and HDFS, EMC said.

“(F)or organizations trying to keep up with the blazing pace of digital transformation, ECS can help,” EMC Senior VP of Engineering, Advanced Software Division, Manuvir Das in a blog post said. “ECS is built from the ground up to handle the massive burden generated by object data from mobile devices, social media and the Internet of Things (IoT), something many traditional storage platforms aren’t designed to handle.”

A planned cloud services joint venture between EMC and VMware under the brand of EMC’s $1.2 billiion acquisition Virtustream was dumped in December. The new Virtustream was slated for Q1 2016 launch, and EMC will likely soon share more about the direction it will take with cloud services besides storage.

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