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Huawei and Microsoft Launched All-Flash Azure Stack Solution to Accelerate Hybrid Cloud Services

Oct 15, 2018

[Shanghai, China, October 15, 2018] At HUAWEI CONNECT 2018, Huawei and Microsoft jointly released an all-flash Azure Stack solution that helps enterprises accelerate hybrid cloud services and improve data reliability, bringing ultimate experience.

Two executives standing behind a podium at the Microsoft and Huawei All-Flash Azure Stack Joint Solution launch ceremony

Huawei and Microsoft jointly launched an all-flash Azure Stack solution

In addition to Microsoft’s Azure Stack software, the joint solution includes Huawei's enterprise-level FusionServer 2288H V5, ES3000 V5 NVMe SSD, CloudEngine 6865 switch (CE6865, designed for data center networks in cloud computing scenarios), and eSight (management software).

The service-oriented 2288H V5 server can be configured with up to 24 Huawei ES3000 V5 NVMe SSDs. Compared with SSD-HDD hybrid configuration and all-HDD configuration, all-flash NVMe SSD configuration delivers much higher I/O performance and read/write bandwidth. The ES3000 V5 NVMe SSD incorporates Huawei HiSilicon’s new-generation Hi1812E ASIC SSD controller and supports NVMe PCIe 3.0 and SAS 3.0 ports. Its extraordinary 14 μs low latency, up to 3.5 GB/s read and 3.2 GB/s write bandwidth, and 825,000 and 300,000 read/write IOPS guarantee ultimate service experience.

Another remarkable component of the solution is the Huawei CE6865 switch, a next-generation high-performance, high-density, and low-latency 25GE switch designed for data centers. Fitting forty-eight 25GE ports in 1U space, the CE6865 switch delivers the highest port density in the industry. It supports 3200 Mpps L2/L3 forwarding capability and a maximum of eight 100GE high-performance upstream ports. Boasting various data center features, the CE6865 allows for flexible networking to build non-blocking network platforms, meeting the network requirements of data centers in the cloud era.

The solution also comes with Huawei’s eSight for efficient and unified management of servers and switches. eSight provisions the Huawei-developed fault diagnosis management (FDM) technology for intelligently and automatically diagnosing and analyzing CPU, memory, and PCIe card faults and providing handling suggestions accordingly, improving the overall operation and management efficiency.

“Microsoft is a technology-innovative, customer-focused company like Huawei and a very important partner for Huawei. This joint launch of the all-flash Azure Stack solution is another testimony of our strong partnership. Based on Huawei servers configured with Huawei's latest ES3000 V5 NVMe SSDs, the solution offers an ideal platform for hybrid cloud services, bringing fast and stable service experience to customers,” remarked by Kenneth Zhang, General Manager of Huawei IT Server Solutions. “Huawei will continue to break through computing boundaries, commit to technological innovation, and work with industry partners to provide customers with high-performance, flexible, and reliable hybrid cloud solutions.”

“We are very excited to partner with Huawei on the high performance Azure Stack integrated system, and we believe this leading hybrid-cloud solution will empower our mutual customers to win the opportunities of digital transformation. ” said Adam Owee, General Manager of OEM, Microsoft Greater China Region ,“As a global leading cloud service provider, Microsoft brought our advanced cloud technologies and operational experience into Azure Stack, so that our customers can now use the latest AI, IoT and Edge technologies for innovation, in their own data center. From China to the world, Microsoft is dedicated to cooperate with more partners like Huawei, to thrive the development of the cloud ecosystem.”

Azure Stack is an extension of Microsoft Azure public cloud. It brings cloud computing flexibility and rapid innovation into the local environment and allows customers to deploy Azure cloud services in their own data centers, addressing the concerns of data security and network latency in some application scenarios. This solution can meet strict security and compliance requirements of different markets and industries. By integrating software and hardware into hyper-converged infrastructure, Azure Stack offers real turnkey systems that enable enterprises and service providers to easily deploy, operate, and manage cloud applications. Built upon Azure Stack, the Huawei-Microsoft all-flash Azure Stack solution builds more efficient data computing and storage capabilities for customers, helping them accelerate digital

HUAWEI CONNECT 2018 – "Activate Intelligence" – is held at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center and Expo Center from October 10 to 12.This year's HUAWEI CONNECT conference is designed to help all businesses and organizations step over the threshold and stake their claim in the intelligent world. You will be joined by the best minds in the industry – including global ICT leaders, industry experts, and ecosystem partners – to chart the way forward and explore new opportunities.