This week at EMC World 2015, EMC announced the intention to open source or offer free downloads for a number of their recent software acquisitions, most notably ScaleIO and ViPR. ScaleIO was acquired in 2013 for around $300 million, ViPR is a mixture of iWave Software (acquired 2013) and other EMC intellectual property developed internally by the company.

ScaleIO allows standard servers (bare metal or virtualised) to be transformed into storage providers, with other servers acting as storage consumers.  This configuration creates a mesh of consumers and providers, implementing a…