New ViPR Software-Defined Storage Brings Cloud-Scale Capabilities to the Masses

EMC World 2014
Today at EMC World 2014, EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) announced ViPR 2.0 — a Software-Defined Storage platform that dramatically simplifies the management of both existing and new storage infrastructure, and provides new data services to underpin next-generation applications and Big Data analytics.

The 3rd Platform of IT is based on the mega trends of cloud, mobile, social and Big Data and is creating a new world of opportunity — and competitive threat — for businesses in every industry. New mobile applications are delivering unique and frictionless experiences for customers to both interact and transact. These applications serve hundreds to millions of users and generate 1000x the amount of information as their predecessors. These new applications will require new storage infrastructures but they must run alongside the back-office applications that run the business today.

ViPR 2.0 builds a bridge to the 3rd Platform by enabling customers to manage both existing and new storage infrastructures in a consistent, fully automated way. ViPR also plugs into higher-level management and orchestration tools from VMware, OpenStack and Microsoft so storage can be a part of broader data center workflows.

The value of EMC’s ViPR Software Defined Storage Platform is that it separates the Control Plane (which is the ability to centrally manage various storage array functions including discovery, provisioning and reporting through ViPR Controller) from the Data Plane (which are advanced data services that run on top of storage arrays through ViPR Data Services delivering, for example, object capabilities to file-based platforms or block capabilities to commodity platforms). By decoupling the Control Plane from the Data Plane, ViPR simplifies management of intelligent arrays while leveraging their underlying intelligence in a fully automated way that is based on policy.
New ViPR Data Services: Supports New Storage Types and New Applications

In addition to its management capabilities, ViPR Data Services have also been enhanced. Support for commodity drives is added to the existing object and HDFS storage implementation along with block data services, based on EMC ScaleIO.

ViPR 2.0 has added multi-site support through powerful new geo-scale storage capabilities which provide data access, integrity and protection. This means ViPR Object Data Services can now span multiple locations and offer state-of-the-art, patent pending geo-replication and geo-distribution capabilities to deliver new levels of efficiency and performance. ViPR Object Data Services also add additional compliance capabilities to ensure federal, healthcare and other industry requirements are met, and provide support for the EMC Centera CAS (Content Addressable Storage) API. This allows EMC Centera customers to maintain the unique retention and compliance features offered by their applications on any ViPR-supported platform with no software changes required. The bottom line is that new ViPR Data Services provide access to data wherever users are, wherever the data is, whenever it’s needed.

In addition, ViPR 2.0 also adds ViPR Block Services, new data services based on EMC ScaleIO server-SAN software. ViPR Block Services deliver block storage capabilities to any ViPR managed commodity storage array.

Enhanced ViPR Controller: Bridge to the 3 rd Platform of IT
ViPR Controller now natively, and through a new OpenStack Cinder plugin, supports commodity as well as even more storage arrays. The full list of natively supported arrays now includes EMC, Hitachi Data Systems and NetApp — as well as commodity storage. Additionally, through the OpenStack Cinder plugin, ViPR supports Dell, HP and IBM arrays. With expanded support, ViPR now supports the vast majority of the storage arrays in the market today. In addition, ViPR 2.0 delivers simple “pane-of-glass” management for customers to automate and standardize the management of an existing storage infrastructure, while bridging the support for the new storage infrastructure that is policy-driven.

ViPR 2.0 also extends support for EMC arrays with improved integration and management of EMC VPLEX and EMC RecoverPoint. This also includes the addition of multi-site capabilities and augmented multi-tenancy to support geo-scale storage environments that scale to hundreds of tenants in multiple locations all through a single namespace.

According to a recent Principled Technologies report, “EMC ViPR makes storage automation an excellent companion for virtualization administrators, and delivers on the promises of a software-defined data center. ViPR automation reduces the risk of human error, and the need for lengthy management reviews, and can make your organization more nimble.”
Enhanced Software-Defined Storage Suites

EMC’s Software-Defined Storage software suites, ViPR SRM and Service Assurance (SA) Suite have also undergone significant enhancements. The updates to these suites are designed to give customers maximum visibility into complex multi-vendor environments. In addition to support for a broad range of EMC and third-party platforms, ViPR SRM delivers improved integration with both ViPR and VPLEX, providing new chargeback capabilities to enable organizations to offer IT-as-a-Service beyond SLAs. Enhancements to ViPR SRM also include enhanced virtual storage management through the ViPR console. SAS 9.3 boasts integration with VMware NSX, providing deep visibility into compute and network infrastructure in both physical and virtual environments.

EMC ViPR 2.0, available in the second quarter of 2014. ViPR SRM and SAS 9.3 will be available in Q2.