Sink Your Teeth into EMC’s New Object Storage Solution, ViPR

Jonathan Kowall

by Jonathan Kowall

Around the globe, people tweet, send emails and access data without giving a second thought to how all of this information is managed. That is, of course, unless you’re like those of us in IT. We’ve witnessed the growth of big data and are quickly realizing that it’s getting out of control. Take a look at the numbers, and you’ll see for yourself:

  • 168 Million Emails A Minute
  • 50 Million Tweets A Day
  • 1.3 Exabytes of Mobile A Month

To put these numbers into perspective, think of it this way: we currently have more bits of data than stars in the sky. So, how do we begin to wrap our arms around managing the massive storage needs of next-gen, Web and mobile applications?

Start by Understanding Your Options: File-Based Storage (NAS) and Object Storage To keep up with growth demands, many of us have heavily invested in traditional file-based storage solutions such as servers and Network Attached Storage (NAS). While the traditional options do allow us to manage and protect information including end-user files, PDFs, email and multimedia files,  they simply lack the ability to scale and support the unstructured data of modern web applications. Where do we go from here?

Unwilling to replace our current solution for financial reasons, many organizations have opted to “Scale-Out” NAS platforms by implementing additional storage islands across disparate systems. This “Band-Aid” type fix, however, creates its own set of challenges. These siloed, multi-vendor storage environments lock data and applications to individual systems. They are also inefficient, costly to manage, and force our developers outside IT for instant storage access – ultimately limiting ITs ability to drive innovation.

Is object storage the right fit for you? Object storage provides you with a better way to meet today’s data growth by offering a single control plane for multi-vendor, heterogeneous storage systems. These object solutions allow you to store unstructured data by combining object storage software with your legacy storage resources; creating a multi-PB repository.

Think of it this way: consider for a moment that your storage solution is a parking lot and your file is a car. On NAS, you have to remember which row and space you parked your car in, when you return to pick it up.  With Object however, you simply drive up and leave your car with the valet. When you need your car again, you hand your ticket to the valet and they deliver your car to you.

Beyond the convenience of object storage, this innovation is more than capable of meeting new application and user demands. Object allows you to improve operational efficiency at scale while also delivering storage services at cloud scale. The chart below provides a brief overview of how NAS and object storage solutions work.

Sink Your Teeth into EMC’s New Object Storage Solution, ViPR Now you can extend the power and functionality of your existing IT infrastructure with EMC® ViPR®. EMC ViPR is a lightweight, software-only solution that transforms storage into a simple, extensible, and open platform. The image below shows how ViPR provides a single platform that centralizes and automates storage management and delivery across mixed storage types (file, block, object, HDFS, commodity) and vendors (EMC, NetApp, HDS, IBM and HP).

Moreover, this EMC platform allows you to deliver on-premise, fully automated storage services, efficiently and easily. ViPR not only abstracts physical storage to create virtual storage arrays, but also centralizes storage management and automates provisioning to deliver self-service access to storage in minutes, not days.

This API-driven platform works with EMC products: VMAX, VNX, VPLEX, Isilon, RecoverPoint, ViPR SRM and integrates with other solutions including:

  • Third-party storage including: Dell, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), HP, IBM, NetApp, Oracle and SolidFire
  • Certified commodity storage: HP
  • Third-party storage including NetApp
  • Cloud stacks: OpenStack, VMware, Microsoft

Are you ready to extract more from your datacenter?