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ECS Appliance differentiation

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What is ECS Appliance's overall differentiation?

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Re: ECS Appliance competitive differentiation

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EMC ECS Appliance is different from other solutions in three areas:

  • ECS Appliance is Turnkey: ECS features universal protocol support in a single platform with support for Block, Object, and HDFS access, with more to follow such as File-based access and Key Value. ECS also provides a single management view of a globally distributed infrastructure

  • ECS Appliance is Hyper-scale: ECS supports unlimited applications and users on a single, scale-out architecture; customers can start at 360 TB and scale to multiple petabytes or even exabytes

  • ECS Appliance is Flexible: The ECS appliance is a scale-out commodity hardware platform available in multiple form factors that can be deployed and expanded incrementally; it gives customers the flexibility to choose the right size for their immediate needs and provides limitless scale

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EMC ECS Appliance is different from other solutions in three areas:

  • ECS Appliance is Turnkey: ECS features universal protocol support in a single platform with support for Block, Object, and HDFS access, with more to follow such as File-based access and Key Value. ECS also provides a single management view of a globally distributed infrastructure

  • ECS Appliance is Hyper-scale: ECS supports unlimited applications and users on a single, scale-out architecture; customers can start at 360 TB and scale to multiple petabytes or even exabytes

  • ECS Appliance is Flexible: The ECS appliance is a scale-out commodity hardware platform available in multiple form factors that can be deployed and expanded incrementally; it gives customers the flexibility to choose the right size for their immediate needs and provides limitless scale

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Another unique aspect of the ECS Appliance, and ViPR Services generally, is that ViPR Services features distinct storage engines for unstructured content (HDFS, Object and File in the future) and structured content (Block). The unstructured storage engine is optimized for throughput and scale, the structured storage engine, ViPR Block, is powered by ScaleIO software and is optimized for IOPS. EMC believes that the unique requirements of Block workloads and unstructured workloads are best served by storage engines optimized for each.

The other things that makes ECS Appliance and ViPR Services unique is its geo-scale efficient replication. Most object platforms require some trade-off between data access (performance) and efficiency (low storage overhead) when replicating data across sites. ViPR Services features a unique hybrid encoding approach that erasure codes locally and across multiple sites. This model not only reduces storage overhead; it reduces the number of WAN traffic required to read data  -even in the event of a disk, node, rack or site failure. ViPR Services always seeks to deliver data locally with minimal WAN traffic - this is a big deal when you consider that the most expensive line item on a monthly public IaaS bill is most often bandwidth charges.

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