EMC Moves Into Software-Defined Storage Realm With ViPR
NEWS ANALYSIS: EMC's idea is to offer customers a way to retain the value of the current storage infrastructure while building out capabilities that reflect developing cloud models.LAS VEGAS—EMC is betting that by providing a transitional software-based storage management architecture the company will be part of its customers' transition to the cloud. ViPR, introduced at the currently ongoing EMC world customer conference, is designed to provide abstraction layers for both the control and data path storage operations in companies. The concept underlying ViPR is to offer customers a way to retain the value of the current storage infrastructure while building out storage capabilities that reflect the developing cloud storage models without having to abandon previous storage investments. EMC's promise to maintain the old while preparing customers for the new resembles what the company undertook with VMware in 2003 and the virtualization of the server environment. It also runs counter to the public cloud providers that contend the cost, complexity and time involved in creating hybrid cloud environments will overwhelm the resources of many companies. The introduction of ViPR marks a major change in EMC, which profited from selling reliable, yet expensive storage systems. The ViPR service is just that: a software service that will collect information about storage resources, assemble those resources, allocate the storage resource where needed and manage the storage infrastructure.
Any one of those activities is a big undertaking in itself; creating an offering that can do all those pieces is indeed a big accomplishment.
About Eric LundquistEric Lundquist is a technology analyst at Ziff Brothers Investments, a private investment firm.
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