EMC plans to release an open source project based on EMC ViPR Controller named Project CoprHD into the open source community.
The project will make the code for ViPR Controller — the storage automation and control functionality — open for community-driven development. The code will be available on GitHub in June 2015 and it will be licensed under the Mozilla Public License 2.0 (MPL 2.0).
Project CoprHD APIs are engineered to provide developers a single, vendor-neutral control point for storage automation with deep integration into Cloud automation frameworks from VMware, Microsoft and OpenStack. Just as with the EMC ViPR Controller, with the commercial version of Project CoprHD, customers, partners, service providers and system integrators can develop new service catalog offerings with automated workflows to meet their customers specific needs. ViPR Controller is designed to provide simple storage management for EMC and third-party arrays, and we will continue selling ViPR Controller as a commercial offering. ViPR Controller and Project CoprHD share the same core features and functionality. However ViPR Controller customers benefit from access to EMC’s support and professional services.
In the modern data center, storage vendors compete on the merits of their solutions to deliver compelling customer experiences. As Project CoprHD and ViPR Controller expand to support more features and more storage platforms, benefits are offered across multiple constituencies:
- In open source software projects, customers typically realize the benefits of vendor neutrality, flexibility, better and more frequent enhancements, and more choice.
- EMC partners can develop and deliver new service offerings for their customers and expand storage coverage to offer more choice for their customers and additional revenue opportunities.
- Storage vendors are invited to plug into Software-Defined Storage frameworks where they can gain access to a growing Project CoprHD ecosystem and participate in helping to drive the overall increased adoption of Software-Defined Storage.
What does that all mean?
EMC President Global Presales Chad Sakac writes on his blog: This is not JUST about the ViPR Controller going opensource. This is about a fundamental EMC strategy shift and embrace of open source. Expect this to be the first of much, much more to come.
To summarize, this is fantastic news for all our customers and partners because:
- The customers and partner can now contribute to the solution and faster address specific needs
- The community can contribute (think of other Storage Companies or Partners providing other solutions) which will provide a broader acceptance of the solution
- And most important: It can never be a control/lock-in point for our customers!
An new area in the Software-Defined-Storage world just started!
(Interested to get more insides: http://virtualgeek.typepad.com/virtual_geek/2015/05/emc-world-day-3-vipr-controller-is-now-open-source.html#more)