• EMC unveils ViPR software

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    LAS VEGAS: At the annual EMC World held in Las Vegas, Nevada, the leading information infrastructure provider introduced EMC ViPR, the world’s first Software-Defined Storage platform.

    As service provider and enterprise data centers grow to tens and hundreds of peta­bytes, the cost and complexity associated with managing them becomes untenable.
    “Building the web-scale data center is critical for service providers and large enterprises,” says Amitabh Srivastava, president, Advanced Software Division at EMC. “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.”

    By using EMC ViPR to manage storage infrastructure and the data residing within that infrastructure, organizations can both drive groundbreaking improvements in automation and lay down a modern storage architecture for future application deployments. Using EMC ViPR, service providers and IT departments can drive towards the operational model of web-scale data centers without hiring thousands of technical experts to build a custom environment.

    “Only by separating the data center from its underlying hardware can IT truly deliver resources as customizable, on-demand services,” Srivastava. “As the only solution on the market today, ViPR is able to support IT services in a heterogeneous storage environment while retaining and extending the value of underlying arrays. This is a game-changer for storage.”

    EMC ViPR is unique in a number of ways: Managing both storage infrastructure (called the Control Plane) and the data stored within that infrastructure (called the Data Plane); Decoupling the Control Plane from the Data Plane, allowing the use of both together — or enabling customers to use only the Control Plane to manage the underlying intelligence of the storage arrays through policy-based automation. This is a radical departure from prior attempts to virtualize storage; Offering the ability to view objects as files and provides file access performance without the latency inherent to object storage; Providing the capability to be implemented entirely in software and will run against EMC, non-EMC and commodity hardware.

    The EMC ViPR Controller (the Control Plane, which manages the storage infrastructure) can deliver dramatic improvements in automation because it virtualizes the underlying storage infrastructure. Common storage management functions, like provisioning or migration, are abstracted so that different storage arrays can be managed as a single pooled resource in exactly the same way. Now for management of these highly complex functions, ViPR delivers a single point-and-click approach. Customers no longer need to engage in the complex and all-consuming task of interacting with multiple management interfaces that permeate heterogeneous storage arrays.

    “Through the software-defined data center, VMware is extending the benefits of virtualization to all areas of IT infrastructure beyond compute to networking, security, management and storage,” Raghu Raghuram, executive vice president, cloud infrastructure and management at VMware. “With EMC ViPR and VMware solutions, organizations are able to get more value, automation and simplicity out of their storage infrastructure through integrated systems and software innovation.”

    With ViPR, EMC is doing for storage what VMware has already done for servers—abstracting, pooling and automating the infrastructure. Pools of storage created with EMC ViPR will leverage VMware APIs to simply appear as an array within VMware vSphere. In addition, the ViPR Controller will integrate with the overarching VMware SDDC management and orchestration tool vCloud Automation Center as well as vCenter Operations Manager. In this way, storage can be managed by ViPR as an entity in its own right (and surfaced into the Microsoft and OpenStack virtual environments) or as an integral part of the VMware Software-Defined Data Center.

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