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Dell Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) / ObjectScale – Product Analysis

Last updated December 16th, 2022 for end of year updates and product name change. Comprehensive 16-page overview of object storage offering Dell ECS (Elastic Cloud Storage). Download the full Product Analysis now!

Dell 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 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 ObjectScale is a container-based implementation for object storage primarily with the ECS software that has been refactored. There is a licensed version of ObjectScale software and a free version targeted at developers.

Dell 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.

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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