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Third Party Array Support in ViPR Through OpenStack

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Nov 24, 2014 9:00:00 AM

OpenStack, the truly open cloud operating system, has been evolving since 2010. Since its inception, there have been many projects contributing to the growth of the OpenStack ecosystem. One of them, project code name “Cinder,” provides block storage capability. Any vendor who would like to enable block storage capability for their proprietary storage system is developing the Cinder plugin or Cinder driver. Here is the list of vendors who have developed the Cinder plugin.

EMC ViPR – the first software-defined storage platform of its kind – has been in the news since 2013 and is continuously adding new features to keep it ahead of the competition. A distinguishing feature of ViPR is its ability to support multi-vendor storage systems. In order to extend support for many new storage vendors, ViPR is always looking to enhance its support matrix by adding new storage systems to the support list. Traditionally, adding new storage systems to the list means that EMC, as well as third party vendors are writing new native drivers. This requires a lot of man hours and effort. But what if they could leverage what exists already and save a lot of the time and effort? That would make a lot of sense, right?

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Topics: Software Defined Storage, 3rd Platform, ViPR, OpenStack, storage management

ViPR and OpenStack Integration: How It Works

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Mar 10, 2014 9:00:00 AM

This blog provides a brief overview of ViPR and OpenStack and then talks about they are integrated along with what features are supported. Additionally, I will explain the setup required from the ViPR side and the steps required for configuring the integration on the OpenStack compute host/cinder volume node.

ViPR-and-ObjectWhat is ViPR?
ViPR is a true Software-defined storage platform from EMC that for the first time revolutionizes the management of multi-vendor storage environments into a single centralized management console. In its first release, ViPR 1.0 supports EMC VNX, EMC VMAX, EMC Isilon, EMC VPlex and Netapp, a third-party arrays. In forthcoming releases it will add support for other 3rd party platforms as well as commodity arrays - support for Hitachi Data Services (HDS) arrays is being planned for ViPR 2.0. The unique value proposition of ViPR is that it decouples the storage data path from the control path. This means ViPR sits on the control path without interfering in data I/O; hence the underlying array features can be utilized without performance degradation. It is a solution built to enable the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC), by creating the software-defined storage abstraction layer.

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Topics: ViPR, OpenStack