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Huawei OceanStor Pacific Upgrades for the Yottabyte Era

May 12, 2022

[Munich, Germany, May 12, 2022] At the Innovative Data Infrastructure Forum, Huawei announced the upgraded features of the OceanStor Pacific distributed storage, including the disaster recovery solution of multiple active data centers and converged storage solution for data lakehouses. The OceanStor Pacific series meets the needs of new applications like HPDA, big data, and mass data backup and archiving.

Hugo Doucet, Executive Account Representative at Huawei, presenting at the 2022 Innovative Data Infrastructure (IDI) Forum

Hugo Doucet giving a keynote speech

At the Forum, Hugo Doucet, the executive account representative at Huawei, said, "In the yottabyte era, cutting-edge technologies such as HPC, big data analytics, and AI are the main reasons why we have so many new applications and service flows today. We can use the word ‘hybrid’ to describe their typical characteristics, for example, hybrid performance model, hybrid multi-protocol access mode, and hybrid analysis based on historical and streaming data. The nature of Hybrid ‘X’ comes from the uncertainty of new workloads. To embrace new workloads with ease, we need to use certain solutions to cope with the uncertainty of service flows. The key to this lies in storage system innovation."

The OceanStor Pacific series adopts SmartBalance, a fully balanced system design, to improve the efficiency for hybrid workloads. Converged indexing for unstructured data means that one copy of data is shared over multiple protocols with zero data copying, truly achieving native seamless multi-protocol interworking. In addition, with the data flow adaptive to large and small I/Os, the OceanStor Pacific delivers all-round high performance, with up to 160 GB/s bandwidth, 6.4 million IOPS, and 640,000 OPS, significantly improving the data processing efficiency of hybrid workloads.

The OceanStor Pacific houses 120 disks per 5 U chassis. Such a high-density design combines with the 22+2 high-ratio erasure coding (EC) algorithm to deliver a 20% higher disk density per unit space than similar products and a 14.5% higher storage space utilization rate. This, in turn, increases the return on investment (ROI) of mass data storage.

Thanks to the disaster recovery solution of multiple active data centers, the OceanStor Pacific enables users to build a maximum of 12 data centers that simultaneously provide online data services. The overall storage space utilization rate remains at 61%, which is industry-leading, and even if one or two data centers fail, service continuity is maintained.

Powered by the innovative designs, the OceanStor Pacific offers customers new benefits in various new application scenarios. For example, in HPDA scenarios, the OceanStor Pacific uses the SmartBalance system architecture and high-density design to easily handle hybrid workloads, making it a one-for-all storage system. In the high-performance genomic analysis field, the OceanStor Pacific shortens human WGS data analysis from 24 hours to just 7 minutes. In big data scenarios, it uses the decoupled storage-compute big data architecture and implements converged storage for data lakehouses to help customers make informed decisions in minutes. In mass data backup and archiving scenarios, the OceanStor Pacific leverages its ultra-high-density design, metadata indexing in seconds, and the disaster recovery solution of multiple active data centers to help customers unlock the value of warm and cold data.