At EMC World 2014 in Las Vegas, EMC Corporation introduced the EMC Elastic Cloud Storage Appliance (ECS), formerly known as “Project Nile.” ECS is a hyperscale cloud storage infrastructure that delivers the ease-of-use and agility of a public cloud with the control and security of a private cloud — offering between 9%-28% lower TCO in object storage implementations than public clouds from Amazon and Google.
The ECS Appliance allows customers to add hyperscale cloud capabilities to existing private and hybrid cloud environments, offering ease-of-use through self-service capabilities, fully automated provisioning, and data services for next-generation applications. The ECS Appliance is a modular, scale-out solution developed to provide up to 2.9 Petabytes in a single rack. It can be clustered to achieve Exabyte scale — a requirement for the 3rd Platform of IT.
Customers who choose to store their data in a public cloud environment often perceive immediate benefits in terms of ease-of-use and ability to scale; however, they may incur other risks such as system outages and the costs of moving their data in and out of the public cloud environment. In many instances they can also run into compliance issues as they may not know where their data is stored, if or how it is backed up, and whether it is being accessed by unauthorized users. The EMC ECS Appliance provides a solution that removes these tradeoffs inherent within the public cloud.
EMC is also introducing the new Architecture and Design services for the ECS Appliance. The services will help customers identify which of their current application workloads will drive the greatest business return with the ECS Appliance, and will architect and design a system configuration within their environment. The services will be available with the general release of the ECS Appliance in the second quarter of 2014.