This week in Las Vegas, coinciding with the Interop IT Conference, EMC is making waves with its own EMC World event, introducing a variety of products including a new Software-Defined Storage platform for data centers. Dubbed ViPR, the new software technology aims to drive automation and lay down a modern storage architecture for future application deployments.
EMC noted that service provider networks and enterprise data centers have grown to tens and hundreds of petabytes, making the cost and complexity of managing them far too unreasonable. The company says its new ViPR technology will help ease the pain by improving the way data storage infrastructure is managed. The ViPR model aims to help service providers and IT departments move towards the operational model of "web-scale" data centers without hiring hundreds technical experts to build a custom environment.
"Building the web-scale data center is critical for service providers and large enterprises. The rise of the Software-Defined Data Center is a groundbreaking step toward delivering the management and performance capabilities needed to protect and leverage data," said Amitabh Srivastava, who is president of the Advanced Software Division at EMC. "Only by separating the data center from its underlying hardware can IT truly deliver resources as customizable, on-demand services."
A Stealth ViPR
EMC said ViPR is unique in that manages both the storage infrastructure (called the Control Plane) and the data stored within that infrastructure (called the Data Plane). The ViPR strategy also decouples the Control Plane from the Data Plane so IT can use both together or customers can use only the Control Plane to manage the underlying intelligence of the storage arrays through policy-based automation.
ViPR also offers service providers and IT departments the ability to view objects as files and provides file access performance without the latency inherent to object storage. The whole solution can be implemented entirely in software and will run with EMC hardware as well as non-EMC and commodity hardware. (continued...)