EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS), formerly Project Nile, is an object storage software product marketed by EMC Corporation. ECS was designed to adhere to several tenets of object storage, including scalability, data resiliency and to take advantage of existing or new commodity server hardware in order to manage costs. It is marketed as software-defined storage.[1]


EMC Elastic Cloud Storage has a number of applications, including the Internet of things[2] and financial services, where it was determined by Cohasset Associates Inc. to meet “the relevant storage requirements of SEC Rule 17a-4(f) and CFTC Rule 1.31(b)-(c)” when “Compliance is enabled for a Namespace and when properly configured and utilized to store and retain records in non-erasable and non-rewriteable format.”[3] Its use of object storage and flat namespace, according to the Edison Group, “allows for multiple types of data to be stored side by side. Regardless of the data, it is all viewed as object, their globally unique IDs, and metadata.”[2] This approach allows multiple data types from multiple sources to be stored alongside one another, including:

  • Large data sets: Financial, pharmaceutical, geospatial, biotech, and legal
  • Public data sets: Weather, government
  • Security, imagery, and social media: Images, videos, blogs
  • Revenue chain data: Sensors, devices, Internet of Things[4]

ECS was mentioned by a marketing firm for object storage in 2014.[5] (note: EMC’s bubble size is reflective of only ECS)


  1. ^ "EMC Debuts Elastic Cloud Storage Appliance, Updates Software-Defined Storage Platform". TheWHIR.
  2. ^ a b "Bridging the Infrastructure Gap for the Internet of Things with Object Storage" (PDF). Edison Group.
  3. ^ "SEC 17a-4(f) & CFTC 1.31(b)-(c) Compliance Assessment: EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS)" (PDF). Cohasset Associates Inc.
  4. ^ "EMC Elastic Cloud Storage Offers Resilient Scalability for the New Generation of Workloads" (PDF). Enterprise Strategy Group.
  5. ^ "IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Object-Based Storage 2014 Vendor Assessment" (PDF). IDC.