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Three Key Observations From the Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure and Operations Management Conference

Posted by Brian Lett | Author Info

Dec 22, 2014 9:55:18 AM

I was fortunate enough to be part of the team that supported the EMC presence at the recent Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure and Operations Management Conference in Las Vegas earlier this month. Lots of hard work (briefings, meetings, staffing the expo booth) but also a great opportunity to speak with users and customers, as well as garner some interesting insights from the Gartner analyst-presented sessions.

 So what were some of the key themes I observed? First, the software-defined data center is moving a lot closer to reality for a lot of attendees. Key technologies such as software-defined storage and software-defined networking have moved for most from the “I’ll keep my eyes on it” bucket in 2014 into the “I’ve got to do something about this in 2015” bucket. That’s no surprise to our team; we’ve been observing a lot of the same behavior in our interactions with customers at places like executive briefings and user-group meetings. And it helped drive a lot of the insights we presented in our event-sponsor session on“Making the Software-Defined Data Center a Reality for Your Business,” in which the need for automation, especially at the management and monitoring level, was emphasized as a critical requirement to delivering on the promise of the software-defined data center.

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Topics: Software Defined Storage, software-defined data center, ViPR, ScaleIO, storage management, Service Provider, Gartner Data Center Conference

No Limits on Software-Defined Storage, EMC ScaleIO 1.30 Delivers Improved VMware Integration

Posted by Ed Beauvais | Author Info

Aug 25, 2014 9:00:00 AM

It is an exciting time to be a part of EMC as we are delivering software-defined storage solutions to our customers. I recognize that enterprise IT today is filled with multi-environment complexity and that we need to address head on the challenges of cost, architecture choice and cloud-like delivery. The ScaleIO team is focused on changing how customers think about their data center architectures and providing cutting edge, high-performance software that enables our customers to meet their business demands, improve ROI and achieve SLAs.

TCO optimized, agile and converged infrastructure built upon commodity platforms are driving storage innovation. As such, we are announcing enhancements to EMC ScaleIO that enable our customers and partners to leverage our solutions to deliver what customers and end users demand.

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Topics: Software Defined Storage, VMware, ScaleIO, flash

Predictability and Probability with the ECS Appliance

Posted by Michael Wehle | Author Info

Aug 18, 2014 9:00:00 AM

You may not know it, but life on earth almost came to an end back in early May. The HL129 asteroid came within 200,000 miles of the earth, which is closer than the distance to the moon. Ok, so earth may not have had a chance to get obliterated. But that got me thinking about the idea of predictability and probability of success, especially when it comes to running ViPR Services on commodity hardware.

In September 2013, EMC announced Project Nile, which officially became the ECS Appliance during the last EMC World in Las Vegas. One of the primary goals of the ECS Appliance is to run intelligent software on commodity hardware. This stack is designed to support running Object, HDFS, and Block services on hardware for massive global scale-out platforms. Combined with a single global namespace and an intuitive self-service portal capability, customers are able to build out a true private cloud solution within the Enterprise, or even enable public Service Providers to provide their own ECS-based cloud service.

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Topics: Software Defined Storage, ViPR, ScaleIO, ECS Appliance, Virtual Environments, storage management

EMC Has the Industry’s Strongest Software-Defined Storage Portfolio, AND, It Just Got A Lot Stronger

Posted by Christopher Ratcliffe | Author Info

Jul 8, 2014 5:30:00 AM

Since the announcement of ViPR 1.0 at EMC World 2013, it’s been a non-stop flurry of activity here at EMC and the last month has been no exception. We announced one all-new product and three significant updates to existing products at EMC World 2014, all of which shipped in the last few weeks of June. With the general availability of the ECS Appliance (Powered by ViPR), ViPR 2.0, ViPR SRM 3.5 and Service Assurance Suite 9.3 we have strengthened our Software-defined Storage portfolio and brought public-cloud hyperscale capabilities and economics to everyone.

These are some pretty strong claims and it would be easy to dismiss them as standard marketing hyperbole as, let’s be honest, pretty much every storage sales guy or startup is probably saying the same thing to their customers. The difference with EMC is that at this point, these are all-new products. We haven’t just taken the marketing hype around Software-defined Storage and applied it to a bunch of existing platforms. We’ve built two truly differentiated Software-defined Storage platforms from the ground up and applied a lot of what we learned during the process to significantly enhance our existing products.
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Topics: Software Defined Storage, storage resource management, 3rd Platform, ViPR, ScaleIO, ECS Appliance

365 Days Later

Posted by Amitabh Srivastava | Author Info

May 6, 2014 4:00:00 PM

Last year at EMC World, we introduced ViPR, EMC's first entry into the software-defined storage market.  Since then, ViPR became commercially available well ahead of industry expectations.  The customer response to ViPR has exceeded all of our 2013 targets. With ViPR, enterprises and service providers can access a simple, extensible and open software-defined storage platform.  The best part is – customers don’t have to just take our word for it, they can download VIPR at no charge for non-commercial use with no time limit just by going here.

 In a similar vein to our approach at EMC World 2013, we provided a sneak preview of EMC ECS Appliance (formerly known as Project Nile) at Milan last fall.  ECS Appliance is EMC’s Platform 3 offering that fundamentally redefines the economics and value of hyper-scale environments.  With ECS Appliance, any enterprise or service provider can deliver the economics and simplicity of public cloud services with the choice and control of private cloud infrastructure. 

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Topics: Software Defined Storage, storage resource management, 3rd Platform, ViPR, ScaleIO, ECS Appliance