Welcome to ECS

ECS provides a complete software-defined cloud storage platform that supports the storage, manipulation, and analysis of unstructured data on a massive scale on commodity hardware. ECS can be deployed as a turnkey storage appliance or as a software product that can be installed on qualified commodity servers and disks. ECS offers all the cost advantages of commodity infrastructure with the enterprise reliability, availability, and serviceability of traditional arrays.

The ECS online documentation consists of the following guides:

Administration Guide The Administration Guide supports the initial configuration of ECS and the provisioning of storage to meet requirements for availability and data replication. Also, it supports the ongoing management of tenants and users, and the creation and configuration of buckets.
Monitoring Guide The Monitoring Guide supports the ECS administrator's use of the ECS Portal to monitor the health and performance of ECS and to view its capacity utilization.
Data Access Guide The Data Access Guide describes the protocols that are supported by ECS for user access to ECS object storage. In addition to the S3, EMC Atmos, OpenStack Swift, and Centera (CAS) object APIs, it introduces the ECS Management API, which can be used to configure ECS before user access, and details the use of ECS as a Hadoop Filesystem (HDFS) and the integration of ECS HDFS with a Hadoop cluster.
Hardware Guide The Hardware Guide describes the supported hardware configurations and upgrade paths and details the rack cabling requirements.
ECS Appliance CRU Guides The ECS Appliance CRU Guides describe the supported SSD read cache deployments and SSD and HDD replacements on ECS EX Series and Gen2 U Series appliance servers.
  • You must register in ECS Solve Online or www.dell.com/support to access the ECS Appliance CRU Guides.
  • The SSD read cache deployment procedure for EX300 servers is not a customer activity, contact Dell EMC Deployment Services for assistance.
API Guide The API Guide use the ECS Management API to configure, manage, and monitor ECS.

PDF versions of these online guides and links to other PDFs, such as the ECS Security Configuration Guide and the ECS Release Notes, are available from https://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/04.