Dell EMC ViPR is a solution implemented as software to not only abstract attached storage resources but also provide a common set of data services. Dell EMC calls ViPR with the abstraction of storage and addition of data services “Software Defined Storage”. A key capability of ViPR is the separation of the control of storage from the data access function. Dell EMC calls this a “control plane” and a “data plane.”
The ultimate goal of ViPR is to reduce the complexity of storage environments and reduce the costs for storage including both management and acquisition costs. The abstraction provided by ViPR enables automation to be applied for providing and managing storage resources. Storage abstraction with ViPR includes heterogeneous storage systems – both in different types of systems and from different vendors. By abstracting the storage, the storage resources can be pooled and managed by ViPR. There is also the capability to translate storage accesses of any type to any of the underlying resources with software functionality added. The first instance of this type of capability is the release of the Dell EMC ViPR Object Data Service, which will enable object storage access to file storage using Dell EMC or other vendor storage.