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Dell EMC ECS Appliance – Product Analysis

Last updated June 13th, 2019 for release of ECS 3.3. Comprehensive 16-page overview of object storage offering EMC ECS (Elastic Cloud Storage).

Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) is an object storage system that is offered as a software-only solution or as an appliance with different configurations. ECS was developed by Dell EMC and is not a derivative of Atmos or Centera but does support the Atmos and Centera APIs in addition to S3 and Swift object protocols. A native NFSv3 file interface is also supported with files mapped to objects by the ECS nodes. HDFS is support for Hadoop environments, usually associated with storing analytics data.

Dell EMC is focused on covering the many different usage areas for object storage including service providers and as an archiving system with full support for the compliance features that were included with Centera. ECS can scale extremely large with the software implementation and within the capacity limits of the appliances. Scalability in adding nodes with more capacity and the ability to redistribute data on addition or when nodes are retired for technology updates allows customers to meeting ongoing growth demands.

For a relatively recent product delivery, ECS has a wealth of advanced features. Additional features for improving performance are also available. As expected, geo-dispersion of data and geo-replication are both available meeting availability and protection requirement.

Key competitors include IBM Cloud Object Storage, Scality Ring, Cloudian HyperStore, DDN WOS, and HGST ActiveScale.

Dell EMC ECS Appliance Product Analysis Includes:

  • Highlights
  • Overview
  • Product Architecture
  • Software Architecture
  • Data Protection and Security
  • Advanced Features
  • File Access
  • Reliability, Availability, Serviceability Features
  • Performance
  • Evaluator Group’s Comments
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