New Year – New Innovations: Introducing ECS 2.2

Today EMC has announced general availability of the newest version of ECS (EMC Elastic Cloud Storage), v2.2. With the industry’s most complete suite of software-defined storage (SDS) solutions, EMC is firmly committed to helping organizations harness today’s digital transformation. A key part of EMC’s SDS portfolio, ECS is a software-defined, object-based cloud storage platform that provides global, up to Exabyte scale with compelling economics to customers. 

Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook recently announced his New Year’s resolution is to build an artificial intelligence system that will be able to control his home – way more interesting than the traditional “lose weight” resolutions! The amount of data created and ingested by this “Iron Man” influenced platform will definitely require a storage system with a modern, flexible and versatile architecture.

You may not have the resources of a Tony Stark or Mark Zuckerberg, but for organisations trying to keep up with the blazing pace of digital transformation, ECS can help. ECS is built from the ground up to handle the massive burden generated by object data from mobile devices, social media and the Internet of Things (IoT), something many traditional storage platforms aren’t designed to handle.


Announcing ECS version 2.2

With new features under the hood, EMC ECS 2.2 delivers:

  • Software Defined Storage: ECS can be deployed on certified hardware or as a turnkey appliance.
  • A Multipurpose platform: With native support for multiple protocols (like AWS S3, OpenStack Swift, HDFS), ECS breaks down dedicated storage silos. With native NFS support, ECS can also support file data without the need for a file gateway.
  • Smart storage: With ECS, users can search metadata across exabytes of unstructured data without a dedicated database. This enables data analytics that can harvest valuable insights while greatly simplifying cloud and IoT application development.”
  • Low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO):  Today’s release further lowers the storage overhead for cold archive scenarios. A new single-pane-of-glass view that provides complete system health can help customers to reduce operational costs. 
  • Data Protection: With “data at rest” encryption support, users can apply protection to business-critical data. ECS also fully complies with SEC 17 a-4(f) and CFTC 1.31(b)-(c) regulations. 


Customers around the world are seeing great success with the ECS platform. Case in point: ATOS SE, a leader in digital services, has seen exciting results with ECS. ATOS’ 93,000 employees in 72 countries provide tech and transactional services to clients in a variety of industries. In 2015, ATOS was able to transform its services using ECS. Check out their story in this video. 

The momentum doesn’t end with customers. ECS is compatible with a growing number of ISV solutions such as Hortonworks, and has been certified on four levels of HDP. Check out what Hortonworks VP of Global Channels and Alliances, Chris Sullivan, has to say about ECS:

“After rigorously testing and certifying Hortonworks Data Platform with EMC ECS, we are saving customers time to implement the solution, while providing them with an assurance of interoperability. With ECS, customers can benefit from a software-defined object storage system with HDP for analytics and unlocking business insights.”

Want to learn more? Check out the ECS homepage, follow @EMCECS on Twitter or test out the ECS Free + Frictionless edition software.

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