Maybe not the best intro to the subject, but you have to admit that these acronyms that are coming more and more, are, more and more, simplifying our life, while complicating it.
i wanted to include many faces to the blog but at this point in time, based on the limited material that is publicly available so far about ViPR, here are a few thoughts about SDDC, SDSP and …. ViPR
SDDC & SDSP??
So the concept of SDDC, or “Software Defined Data Center” is truly a differentiator, and i believe that if you’re not on top of that game today, tomorrow, someone above you will be looking down and question why you’re not moving forward.
Now, introduced earlier this year, SDSP, or “Software Defined Storage Platform” is truly shaking the storage space.
Let’s be frank! this is NOT a new concept, agreed. Netapp and IBM to only name a these two have been doing it for many many years now, but the unique approach of SDSP is to completely abstract the underlying arraysssssssssss.
… (what’s in it for me)…. Well many aspects of ease of management to name one, but truly enabling a complete abstraction of the actual control paths. the result? A single interface to manage transparently many difference arrays.
Although svc and v-series are great appliances to manage multiple storage vendors, the differentiator in ViPR is to be able to group different storage devices through a single common interface into a single virtual storage pool: now you’re starting to see the difference
Now a key point is the automation. Everyone knows that the “cloud is calling” and hopefully tomorrow the datacenter, all datacenters, will be virtualized and elastic to the hybrid requirement of such strategy. But, because there is a “but”, great that you can “SDDC” your datacenter, abstracting the platform and the network, but what about the storage piece? How do you “abstract” it?
ViPR offers a single API for managing various vendors; in other words a single point of “contact” to automate the operations of data, and managing their life cycle; we all know that automation is driven the cloud discussion and a key player in a SDDC discussion driving the private-public-hybrid cloud discussion.
And what about integration and “VASA’?? well friends, ViPR will directly plug-in the API and address your concerns; a single “VASA” (vSphere APIs for Storage Awareness) provider instead of the many needed in a multi-vendor environment. sweet isn’t it?
Do i believe you should run to your datacenter and take out of the current array and replace it with ViPR?? Please don’t defeat the purpose of ViPR LOL
Let’s be clear: ViPR is not THE or A solution for everyone but it it bridges a painful gap. Definitely it can add a tremendous amount of value for those who can’t abstract / pool / automate anything with their current arrays. On the other end not everyone can afford to swap out their full storage infrastructure to follow a trend and a new acronym (SDSP); that is where ViPR will help
straight out of an informal training book i received. The future will surely define the list of items below, but for the moment, they are… there, let’s say
Broad storage support: EMC is making the APIs for ViPR open for customers and other storage vendors to use, and the software will take advantage of the capabilities of the underlying arrays (snapshots, replication, etc).
Storage virtualization: ViPR separates the control and data plane in its storage virtualization. At this point the data movement can be done using VPLEX or RecoverPoint.
Self-service provisioning: EMC is using software from its iWave acquisition in its ViPR provisioning engine, which has also been used in the VMAX Cloud Edition.
Object data services: Is the first service that will be available with ViPR, and will allow customers to add object storage capabilities to existing storage systems. ViPR’s object service will have compatibility with EMC’s Atmos, Amazon’s S3 and OpenStack Swift.
Agreed ViPR is a compelling offer; i’m not saying that IBM SVC or Netapp appliances are not performing nor fulfilling the requirements, they do and do good. They surely will not let this one pass, but for the moment, the Gatner’s NAS leader has defined the game, and elevated the conversation one notch.
On that note, happy learning friends