ECS series index:
Part 1 – What is ECS? (this part)
Introduction – what is ECS?:
Well first of all I tell you what it isn´t – it is not the type of cloud storage where you put your data to a place you don´t know. That´s not why it is called Cloud Storage. It is called Cloud Storage because you can consume storage like you would out of the cloud:
- inexpensive – without throwing around with the numbers, but comparable or below the prices of all those cloud storage providers out there
- scalability – you will never run out of storage in the cloud, neither you will with a ECS. Scale to Peta- and Exabytes.
- agile – if you need more storage, get more and consume more
And why do you know where your data is? Because it is a physical storage array (ok there is also a software only version, the DIY option…) and you can choose where to put it.
In your data center for example.
A picture says more than a thousand words…
Some technical specs:
- Intel x86 server with JBOD attached storage (up to 60 disks per server)
- 10 GbE Node connectivity
- 4 / 8 – Node configurations
- Unstructered storage up to 3840 TB per rack
Use cases & combinations:
The really amazing thing about ECS and that´s the main point of this blog post is the diversity of ECS… there are so many different use cases for it.
- File services and storage for remote offices without deploying a storage array to the remote office: Combine ECS with EMC Cloud Array
- Isilon (Scale-Out NAS) with a policy-based automatic tiering of files to low-cost storage: Combine ECS with Isilon (Cloud Pools)
- Classic Archiving 2.0: Use the ECS as archive storage (successor of the EMC Centera)
- Longterm retention backup: Combine ECS with EMC Cloud Boost
- Development with Object Storage: With nowadays development of mobile apps it is difficult to connect them to known storage protocols like FC and NAS without having some sort of “gateway” like a webserver. Mobile Apps can benefit from accessing the storage directly with HTTP/HTTPS and retrieve/save their objects.
If you want to test ECS, register for free and get a test drive: https://portal.ecstestdrive.com/
Or download the software-only version from GitHub: https://github.com/EMCECS/ECS-CommunityEdition
Product Page: http://www.emc.com/storage/ecs/index.htm