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Why the Wait?
For traditional workloads that use file and block, EMC ViPR steps out of the way and lets the underlying array fulfill the role of Data Plane, or the data stored within the storage infrastructure. This represents the majority of application workloads within the data center and EMC estimates those workloads will grow approximately 70 percent by 2016. But new application workloads are emerging -- often operating on Big Data -- and servicing tens of thousands or millions of users. EMC estimates these workloads will grow approximately 700 percent by 2016.
We asked Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst at ZK Research, for his reaction to the news. He told us this is long awaited solution from EMC. In fact, he said, he's been expecting something that looks like this from EMC for a long while.
"The ViPR software creates a lot more flexibility and mobility of storage. If you look at what's gone on with server virtualization and software-defined networks, you could argue that storage, in some ways, was the one missing piece of the fully software-defined data center," Kerravala said. "With EMC being the storage vendor that they are, it was really up to them to deliver this type of functionality. I think the only surprise is that it took them so long."
EMC ViPR will be generally available in the second half of 2013.