EMC Releases Project CoprHD; Open Source Version of ViPR Controller

By CIOReview | Thursday, May 7, 2015

LAS VEGAS, CA: EMC Corporation reveals plans to release an open source project based on EMC ViPR Controller called Project CoprHD, into the open source community. It is the firm’s initial attempt with open source project based on one of its commercial software products and involves making code for ViPR Controller—the storage automation and control functionality—open for community-driven development.

To be licensed under the Mozilla Public License 2.0, Project CoprHD will allow customers, partners and developers the ability to access, expand and contribute to Project CoprHD’s features and functionalities. Storage vendors are also being encouraged to contribute in Project CoprHD and be a part of the expansion process of the ecosystem and embracing open and standard APIs.

The APIs of Project CoprHD have been designed to deliver developers a single, vendor-neutral control point for storage automation. Combined with the EMC ViPR Controller, the commercial version of Project CoprHD allows customers, partners, service providers and system integrators to develop new service catalog offerings with automated workflows to meet customer needs. Positioned in the data center as a single, open control plane for multivendor storage, Project CoprHD offers the same level of flexibility, choice, security and transparency as ViPR Controller, while adding the ability to create new services and applications.

ViPR Controller which was initially developed to deliver intuitive storage management for both EMC and third-party arrays, will continue to be sold on a commercial basis even as ViPR Controller and Project CoprHD share the same core features and functionality.

“ViPR Controller was the perfect candidate for open source contribution. As fully transparent software focusing on storage automation, both the software and its users will benefit from community contributions,” states CJ Desai, President at EMC Emerging Technologies Division.

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.