SearchStorage senior news director Dave Raffo covered the product's announcement and highlights some of ViPR's features in this video. EMC said the virtual appliance gives customers the ability to bring storage arrays together as a single pool. Although today's announcement at EMC World said ViPR is compatible with EMC products, as well as some NetApp arrays, subsequent versions will also work with storage from other vendors and with commodity systems.
According to the company, ViPR is aimed at service provider environments and includes a controller and data services, which under ViPR are referred to as the "control plane" and "data plane," respectively. (And no, the name isn't an acronym; company officials apparently just like the name "ViPR.")
Raffo said that ViPR is a brand new architecture for EMC that is a combination of features for storage virtualization, cloud management and object storage. EMC said ViPR provides the ability to view objects as files and provides file access performance without the latency inherent to object storage.
"It's the first step down this path for EMC," Raffo said. "I think one of the things they're trying to do is actually define 'software-defined storage,' because it's a term that's thrown around a lot without a lot of definition."
ViPR is slated for release to customers sometime in the second half of 2013, according to the company.