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Mass Data Backup and Archiving: Powered by Multiple Active Data Centers for DR, OceanStor Pacific Provides Data Read and Write Services Anytime, Anywhere

May 10, 2022

Unleashing the value of data helps organizations thrive in an age of mass diversified data.

Organizations are now fully realizing the growing importance of data value and the fact that they need to store more data over a longer period of time. This is causing data volumes to leap, from petabytes to exabytes . In addition, the types of data that emerging applications generate are also changing. For example, unstructured data, such as images, videos, audio, and documents, are growing at astronomical rates. Huawei's Global Industry Vision 2025 (GIV 2025) report predicts that global data volumes will increase from 33 ZB in 2018 to 180 ZB in 2025, 88% of which will be unstructured data.

Mass Data Pose Growing Challenges to Data Storage

Data are now increasing in both volume and value. Document imaging, video operation, content collaboration, and Internet of Things (IoT) applications are used everywhere. Additionally, organizations have a large amount of unstructured production data . Such data are too important and valuable to lose. In the past, data were either stored on expensive Network-Attached Storage (NAS) with limited scalability or on inexpensive but offline tape or optical disc storage. However, such storage approaches are outdated. Indeed, to unlock data value, boost operational efficiency, and support business growth, organizations need to both efficiently use mass data and retain this data over a long period of time. Choosing the right storage technologies for Information Technology (IT) infrastructure is a matter of when, not if.

When it comes to persistent storage of exabyte-level data, organizations should be more concerned about storage systems' performance and data processing efficiency, to promote more efficient data storage and sharing. High-quality online data services that can be accessed anytime, anywhere not only require data to be stored and used nearby, but also demand cross-regional data protection to improve data availability and service Disaster Recovery (DR) capabilities. This helps organizations fully tap into the value of mass diversified data.

Powered by Multiple Active Data Centers for DR, OceanStor Pacific Provides Data Read and Write Services Anytime, Anywhere

In mass data backup and archiving scenarios, Huawei's OceanStor Pacific series uses multiple active data centers for DR, along with an elastic high-availability design, helping users unlock the value of both warm and cold data.

Long -lasting: The OceanStor Pacific series enables users to build a maximum of 12 data centers, which simultaneously provide online data services. Even if one or two of them fail, services continue to run, protecting core content assets.

Efficient: In terms of elastic expansion, OceanStor Pacific supports 100 billion objects per bucket without affecting performance, to avoid bucket reconstruction for large-scale applications. Index retrieval takes mere seconds, ensuring data services are efficient and always on.

Economical: OceanStor Pacific implements tiered storage of hot, warm, and cold data, enabling online, near-line, and offline service data to move freely between different storage media without manual intervention. In addition, compared with a traditional multi-copy mode, cross-data center high-ratio Erasure Coding (EC) improves the storage space utilization rate, boosting overall resource utilization and Return On Investment (ROI).

Powered by cross-regional multiple active data centers for DR, OceanStor Pacific meets the high availability needs of mass data archiving and content libraries, making mass data storage more economical, efficient, and long-lasting.

Success Case: An Online Video Carrier Ensures 24/7 Continuity of Internet Services with the OceanStor Pacific Series

A large online video carrier with hundreds of millions of monthly active users has deployed three active storage systems across multiple regions for DR, with EC implemented between them. These storage systems support the online operations of High Definition (HD) and Ultra-High Definition (UHD) videos in real time, ensuring zero service interruptions upon the failure of any data center. Compared with traditional three-data center multi-copy DR, the EC mechanism increases the storage space utilization rate from 33% to 56%, greatly improving ROI.

In the future, more use cases of mass data will emerge as more industries choose to go digital. Digital transformation in every industry takes on a different form and encompasses both similar and unique business challenges and goals. The Huawei OceanStor Pacific series provides dedicated, industry-leading hardware for different industry applications, meeting diversified user needs. It also enables seamless interworking between file, object, and Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) protocols to deliver better unstructured data services, satisfying a full range of data storage requirements with just one device. Providing cutting-edge products and solutions for different service scenarios in different industries, Huawei creates more efficient, economical, and long-lasting storage products, helping customers properly store and fully utilize their invaluable mass data.

Related product: OceanStor Pacific Distributed Storage