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EMC ViPR and ECS Appliance

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Does EMC ViPR run on ECS Applance? What is the difference between ECS Appliance and ViPR Controller/Services?

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Regarding your first question, yes, EMC ViPR runs on ECS Appliance. ViPR is the software that manages and controls ECS Appliance. The ECS Appliance is a commodity hardware platform differentiated by ViPR software that offers an economical turnkey, cloud-scale solution.

Regarding your second question, the ViPR Controller abstracts and pools multivendor block and file storage arrays in to a single virtual storage pool that can then be managed by policy.  ViPR Controller automates repetitive storage provisioning tasks leveraging years of EMC storage experience and best practices that can be tailored to meet customers’ specific needs; it also provides self-service access to storage from a services catalog. ViPR makes it as easy to consume enterprise storage as it is to consume a public cloud storage service. ViPR Services can be thought of as a storage engine – entirely in software - that support multiple access methods – Object, HDFS and in the future, File. The software deploys on a vApp cluster - it separates the software layer of storage from the hardware. This separation allows ViPR Services to be installed on commodity servers. For more information about ViPR including the ViPR Controller and ViPR Services, check out the ViPR product pages on EMC.com and the documentation, how-to videos, and technical discussions on the ViPR Community.

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Regarding your first question, yes, EMC ViPR runs on ECS Appliance. ViPR is the software that manages and controls ECS Appliance. The ECS Appliance is a commodity hardware platform differentiated by ViPR software that offers an economical turnkey, cloud-scale solution.

Regarding your second question, the ViPR Controller abstracts and pools multivendor block and file storage arrays in to a single virtual storage pool that can then be managed by policy.  ViPR Controller automates repetitive storage provisioning tasks leveraging years of EMC storage experience and best practices that can be tailored to meet customers’ specific needs; it also provides self-service access to storage from a services catalog. ViPR makes it as easy to consume enterprise storage as it is to consume a public cloud storage service. ViPR Services can be thought of as a storage engine – entirely in software - that support multiple access methods – Object, HDFS and in the future, File. The software deploys on a vApp cluster - it separates the software layer of storage from the hardware. This separation allows ViPR Services to be installed on commodity servers. For more information about ViPR including the ViPR Controller and ViPR Services, check out the ViPR product pages on EMC.com and the documentation, how-to videos, and technical discussions on the ViPR Community.

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I'd like to just add a bit more detail on ViPR Controller, ViPR Services and the ECS Appliance and software deployment.

The ECS appliance includes server nodes, the purpose of which is solely to run the ViPR Services software. The ViPR Controller instance that manages ECS Appliance resources needs to be deployed by the customer on a separate VMware infrastructure – not on the ECS Appliance itself. Also, the ViPR Controller instance for the ECS Appliance only manages ECS Appliance resources. A customer would need an additional ViPR Controller instance to manage other arrays or third-party commodity.  

A future ViPR release will enable customers to use a single ViPR Controller instance to manage EMC and third-party arrays as well as the ECS Appliance. However, today, ViPR uses the new geo-distributed features of ViPR Controller 2.0 to enable ViPR Controller instances to be federated. This creates a single overall platform. A customer will have a single service catalog but the individual ViPR Controller instances for each of the platforms (traditional arrays, ECS Appliance and commodity) only create virtual storage pools (VSPs) on their respective storage. For example, you can have one view of arrays, commodity and ECS Appliance resources but you cannot create a VSP that includes both ECS Appliance and array (VNX, VMAX, etc) resources.

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