Schulz: ViPR aimed at service providers, enterprise storage

Following the announcement of EMC Corp.'s ViPR software-defined storage platform at EMC World 2013, analyst Greg Schulz of Storage IO urges IT administrators to take a look beyond the company's marketing blitz and view ViPR as a tool to help bridge virtual and physical servers to new and existing storage.

"ViPR is more than software-defined storage … It's also an enablement tool to be able to support cloud service providers, managed service providers [and also] enterprises -- scaling with stability, without introducing bottlenecks or complexities," Schulz said.

According to EMC, ViPR will allow its users to see storage in heterogeneous arrays as a single pool of storage and will work with products from EMC, as well as some from NetApp. ViPR's architecture uses a controller to provide storage management functions across a storage pool, while data services are provided by underlying arrays.

Schulz said some EMC customers might hear the message of storage virtualization and think they've heard it before. But what's different about ViPR, he said, is how it gets out of the way. In other words, for block file-type activity, ViPR doesn't have to sit in the data path. However, ViPR can be easily called to service when you need it, he said.

ViPR can also turn traditional file-systems storage into object-based access to be compatible with applications, Schulz said.

"There's where ViPR can get involved to do that object translation, that object type mapping," he said.

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