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 supported 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, along with the ability to redistribute data upon addition or when nodes are retired for technology updates, allows customers to meet ongoing growth demands.
ECS has a wealth of advanced features including integrated software to do storage resource management functions. Additional features for improving performance are also available. As expected, geo-dispersion of data and geo-replication are both available meeting availability and protection requirements.
Key competitors include IBM Cloud Object Storage, Scality Ring, Cloudian HyperStore, DDN WOS, Hitachi HCP, and HGST ActiveScale.
Dell EMC ECS Appliance Product Analysis Includes:
- Product Architecture
- Software Architecture
- Data Protection and Security
- Advanced Features
- File Access
- Reliability, Availability, Serviceability Features
- Evaluator Group’s Comments
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