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EMC unveils software-defined storage platform

EMC ViPR is world's first software-defined storage platform, will manage both control and data plane

EMC unveils software-defined storage platform
ViPR was announced at EMC World 2013 in Las Vegas.

EMC has unveiled what it describes as the world's first software-defined storage platform, called EMC ViPR.

ViPR is intended to help organisations to manage storage infrastructure and data reaching multiple petabyte volumes. The technology will allow companies to automate storage processes, and build modern storage architecture that will be suitable for future application deployments, without requiring a large amount of technical resources to build or operate.

The company says that ViPR is unique in that it manages both the storage infrastructure - the control plane - and the stored data - the data plane. The control plane can be decoupled 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.

ViPR also offers the ability to view objects as files and provides file access performance without the latency inherent to object storage; and allows for a software-based implementation, that will run on commodity hardware from a range of vendors.

Amitabh Srivastava, President, Advanced Software Division, EMC said: "Building the web-scale data centre is critical for service providers and large enterprises. The rise of the software-defined data centre is a groundbreaking step toward delivering the management and performance capabilities needed to protect and leverage data. Only by separating the data centre from its underlying hardware can IT truly deliver resources as customizable, on-demand services. 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."

Vernon Turner, Senior Vice President, Infrastructure Research Group, IDC commented: "With the unveiling of ViPR, EMC is sending a clear message that the combination of arrays with a powerful software layer is unbeatable in terms of speed and simplicity. Customers want to extract more value from their storage investments while scaling back on management, and ViPR meets these needs while embracing open architecture and catering to all arrays."

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