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RobertoAraujo1
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Ask the Experts: ECS 2.2- A Cloud Unlike Any Other

Welcome to the EMC ECS Community Ask the Expert conversation.

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On this occasion we will be covering the recently announced ECS 2.2 software. Among many of the areas will be discussing, our experts are available to answer your questions in regards to the latest features, capabilities, use cases and any further questions about ECS.



Meet Your Experts:


profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=8631&size=350Jason Cwik

Sr. Manager ECS Engineering

Jason Cwik is the manager of the ECS Customer Advisory team. Jason works helping customers get applications integrated with the ECS platform by providing SDKs, training, tools, and troubleshooting. Prior to that, he was a member of the Atmos group and was responsible for development and support of the Atmos SDKs. Find Jason on Twitter: @jasoncwik

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Corey oConnor

Product Marketing Manager

Corey has been with EMC for 5 years initially starting out his career working in Human Resources before transitioning into his current role as product marketing for the Emerging Technologies Division. Corey currently supports EMC’s Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS), Atmos and Centera. Find Corey on Twitter: @corey_oconnor

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Neil Salamack

Senior Product Marketing Manager

Neil is experienced with Replication Manager, PowerPath family, ASD products. Find Neil on Twitter: @AdvStorageMgr

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RobertoAraujo1
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Re: Ask the Experts: ECS 2.2- A Cloud Unlike Any Other

This Ask the Expert session is now open for questions. For the next couple of weeks our Subject Matter Expert will be around to reply to your questions, comments or inquiries about our topic.

Let’s make this conversation useful, respectful and entertaining for all. Enjoy!

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SALAMN
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Re: Ask the Experts: ECS 2.2- A Cloud Unlike Any Other

Looking forward to a lively discussion on all topics and questions on Cloud and specifics about EMC's Elastic Cloud Storage!

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Nelseh
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Re: Ask the Experts: ECS 2.2- A Cloud Unlike Any Other

What are a few of the use cases for ECS 2.2?

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corey_oconnor
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Re: Ask the Experts: ECS 2.2- A Cloud Unlike Any Other

ECS has 5 main uses cases which are as follows: Global Content Repository, Modern Applications Platform, Data Lake Foundation, Cold Archive, and 'Internet of Things' Cloud Storage Platform. 

Here's a bit more detail for each use case:

Global Content Repository - ECS enables any organization to consolidate multiple storage systems into a single, globally accessible and efficient content repository.

Modern Application Platform - ECS provides a single turnkey platform designed for modern application development, management and analytics. 

Data Lake Foundation - ECS establishes a data lake foundation for any sized organization. ECS fully maximizes user data with its powerful HDFS service making Big Data applications and analytics a production reality.

Cold Archive - ECS can serve as a secure and affordable on-prem cloud for archival and long term retention purposes.

‘Internet of Things’ Cloud Storage Platform - ECS offers an efficient ‘IoT’ architecture for unstructured data collection at massive scale.

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Nelseh
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Re: Ask the Experts: ECS 2.2- A Cloud Unlike Any Other

Is ECS an object platform with file access? How does that work? Is it through a cloud storage gateway?

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corey_oconnor
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Re: Ask the Experts: ECS 2.2- A Cloud Unlike Any Other

Great question!  ECS v2.2 features a built in native NFS file head. ECS users can now store file data on a globally distributed object infrastructure eliminating the need for cloud gateways and breaking down dedicated storage silos for varied workloads.

The NFS file handle is mapped to an object ID and since the file is mapped to an object, ECS NFS has features similar to the object data services which we provide.  The NFS feature which also include quota management, retention and encryption at the object level.

If you want more information on some of the ECS 2.2 features, check out this video here: https://youtu.be/dVQIyKD_VKY

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gchamak1
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Re: Ask the Experts: ECS 2.2- A Cloud Unlike Any Other

The ECS architecture documentation discusses active-active object access from geographically dispersed sites in the context of geo-replication.  Is geo-replication required for active-active?  I was under the impression that geo-federation would be sufficient, and that if an object is owned by a VDC in another site, that the object would be retrieved remotely and cached, regardless of whether it is replicated.

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gchamak1
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Re: Ask the Experts: ECS 2.2- A Cloud Unlike Any Other

In a 2 site active-active geo-federated/geo replicated configuration, if an object read is initiated from the non-owning site, is the object read from the owning site or from the local replica (assuming that the replica is not stale)?  If an object is written from the non-owning site, does this site now become the owner of the object?

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gchamak1
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Re: Ask the Experts: ECS 2.2- A Cloud Unlike Any Other

When considering the CloudPools use case of tiering data from Isilon to ECS, at what point does it become cost effective?  I know there are many variables but assuming that the customer is an existing Isilon customer and not an ECS customer, at what point (if any) does it become economical to buy ECS exclusively for CloudPools tiering, rather than scaling out Isilon, or tiering to another Isilon cluster?

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