EMC Unveils ViPR and ScaleIO Software Updates

By Pedro Hernandez

EMC is rolling out new updates for its software-defined storage lineup that promise to help administrators embrace the platform's automated management capabilities and make the most of their growing flash capacity.

ViPR Controller 2.2 storage virtualization software and ViPR SRM (Storage Resource Management) 3.6 are due in the first quarter of 2015, and when they arrive, IT managers will have an easier time managing, monitoring and optimizing their storage environments, according to Sam Grocott, senior vice president of EMC's Emerging Technology Division. "With the added support for EMC XtremIO and EMC VMAX3 arrays, storage admins are able to enact policies that automate delivery of storage services for high-transactional workloads in 5 simple steps, all while providing comprehensive automation and visibility," he boasted in a company blog post.

New flash monitoring and alerting capabilities will provide administrators with the "insight they need to reclaim and reallocate flash capacity — helping to improve storage utilization by up to 20 percent," continued Grocott.

Also new are expanded ViPR Controller backup options. The updates solution will "offer Data Protection-as-a-Service support for EMC Data Domain backup and archive solutions and EMC VPLEX MetroPoint topologies, allowing customers to automate storage provisioning, data protection and recovery services — reducing manual steps by an average of 89%," claimed Grocott.

ViPR SRM, meanwhile, "will provide enhanced integrations with EMC Data Protection Advisor to automate SLA reporting of compliance with backup policies for Avamar and Symantec environments," he revealed.

The announcement comes a week after the company announced the general availability of ScaleIO 1.31, a VMware-friendly upgrade to the virtual storage area network (SAN) technology acquired by EMC last year.

"This release provides a 2X performance improvement in VMware environments from an IO perspective and for the VMware administrators, there is the added benefit of an improved vSphere deployment process with support for VMware's installation manager," stated Grocott in a separate blog post. The latter is good news for administrators since ScaleIO's elastic architecture can stretch to cover thousands of nodes, he said.

ScaleIO now slots more seamlessly into VMware environments, said Grocott. "As of today, administrators will deploy software that now has the ScaleIO Data Client (SDC) as part of the ESX 5.5 hypervisor." Rounding out the new features are support for Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) trap, CentOS Linux 7.0, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 and the Juno release of the popular OpenStack cloud software platform.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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This article was originally published on January 16, 2015