EMC on Monday unveiled a new cloud storage platform, the EMC Elastic Cloud Storage appliance, it claims offers the flexibility and scalability of public cloud storage with the control and security of private clouds.
The company also unveiled ViPR 2.0, the second-generation of its ViPR software-defined storage technology with expanded block and object storage capabilities and new integration with third-party storage.
These and other additions to EMC's storage line, including a new Data Domain backup solution and a new entry-level version of its VNXe series arrays, were introduced as part of the opening to the EMC World Conference, held this week in Las Vegas.
The introduction of EMC Elastic Cloud Storage and ViPR 2.0, both of which include object storage, come on top of other EMC platforms, including the EMC Atmos public cloud storage platform, EMC Isilon and EMC VNX2, said Keith Norbie, director of server, virtualization and storage for the Eastern U.S. for Technology Integration Group (TIG), a San Diego-based solution provider and EMC partner.
It is not yet sure how EMC will position its variety of platforms to support object storage, Norbie said.
"Do we need that many platforms?" he said. "Will customers be able to understand how they are positioned? That's where channel partners like TIG can excel, to show customers the right solution."
EMC has so far provided little in terms of details of its new storage offerings, and is expected to provide further information during sessions and meetings at EMC World this week.
The EMC Elastic Cloud Storage, or ECS, appliance is a way to build private storage cloud infrastructures with the agility and flexibility of public clouds, but with a 9 percent to 28 percent lower TCO (total cost of ownership) than Amazon and Google public clouds, EMC said.
It is a modular, scale-out solution that allows up to 2.9 petabytes of capacity to be configured in a single rack, but which scales to multiple exabytes of capacity. EMC, however, has yet to release details of the hardware and software underpinning that capacity other than to promise self-service capabilities, fully automated provisioning and next-generation application data services.
To help customers get started with the new EMC Elastic Cloud Storage, EMC also introduced new architecture and design services to help customers identify which application workloads are best suited for the appliance, and to configure their infrastructures to get the best impact from the new technology.
Both the EMC Elastic Cloud Storage and the related services are slated to be available in the second quarter of 2014.
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