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Tips for Investing in an Enterprise Storage Portfolio

Companies investing in ICT do so with the idea of transforming their businesses and catapulting their corporations into positions of leadership within their industry. As the world gears up for full connectivity with “smart technologies” and the coming Internet of Things (IoT), protecting digital assets in modern enterprise storage platforms is understood to be a key factor in the process of ensuring the security and stability of mission-critical data.

Technical innovation is required to move the enterprise storage industry forward. Banks, for example, must reliably protect the personal information and financial assets of their customers. Due to increasing volumes of information — making it difficult to efficiently access and analyze disparate types of data — traditional storage solutions are bottlenecks for growth in today’s digital economy.

Corporate R&D and fast-track product development are essential for meeting the growing demand for ICT-based storage in a market where legacy information islands and isolated data are routine obstacles. The best practice, look-ahead option is to design a “flexible” architecture that accounts for the ability to seamlessly retrofit one’s current architecture for optimal data accessibility and the prevention of excessive redundancy.

Storage solution providers need to adjust R&D and product development plans based on changing industry trends, future data applications, and customer needs. Common issues include the resolution data sharing issues, business continuity over the transition period between technical infrastructures, support for disaster recovery, and offering high-levels of security.

Huawei offers five investment tips for profiting from a converged storage system.

Tip 1: Unified Resources for Maximum Advantage

One way to tackle the data isolation problem is to establish a unified resource pool, which eliminates and encourages data flow as well as mobility between resources. A converged data platform solves the challenge with the benefits of 1) managing a range of storage mediums, 2) accommodating legacy systems, 3) enabling a variety of services, 4) provisions for comprehensive data protection, and 5) compatibility with third-party storage products.

Tip 2: Leveraging Convergence

The key to establishing a future-looking resource pool is to build an integrated software platform that includes all of the capabilities required by its users into a single solution.

One example is Huawei’s next-generation OceanStor V3 series storage system, in which the OceanStor operating system has incorporated the protocols for Hard Disk Drive (HDD) and Solid-State Drive (SSD) primary storage with integrated backup; transparent data migration, support for heterogeneous devices, and policy-based control between entry-level, mid-range, and high-end storage devices.

Tip 3: Virtualizing SDN and the Cloud

Future cloud data centers, with IT services at their core, are expected to be the next major transformation of ICT systems. Helping to achieve the necessary alignment of integrated business needs are virtualization technologies such as Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and cloud management.

Tip 4: Accelerated Agility with SFV

Storage Function Virtualization (SFV) facilitates data storage, management, and services, with an emphasis on deployment flexibility. Basic data storage with advanced data management functions, such as retrieval and analysis, are integrated such that future enterprise storage platforms are less focused on physical devices. Similar to mobile applications that upload and download their data from cloud platforms, SFV enables a virtualized environment based on business needs for a flexible data storage system.

Through continuous R&D, Huawei will accelerate the implementation of SFV service architectures by overcoming technical difficulties and expanding its expertise in the area of converged storage.

Tip 5: Profit with an Open Ecosystem

As the Industry 4.0 era begins to unfold, the IT market remains influenced by open interface standards that enable an increasing number and variety of market opportunities. For instance, with enterprise storage platforms, it is essential that transparent data migration, similar to Huawei’s roadmap for the OceanStor OS, be incorporated with innovative IoT-driven applications developed by partners and customers.

Huawei is committed to a strong, long-term R&D program for enterprise storage. We are currently collaborating with more than 500 partners across the globe, including Intel, SAP, Seagate, Microsoft, and Sobey. The goal is to provide our customers the best possible opportunities for sustained growth by investing in future-oriented IT ecosystems that include a converged, open-source data storage solution that is built for easy integration and the ability to generate revenue from collaborative and customer-oriented operations.

By Zheng Yelai

President, IT Product Line, Huawei Technologies, Inc.