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Huawei OceanStor Enterprise Storage Marks Another Year of Remarkable Achievements

Sep 03, 2013

Shanghai, China, September 2, 2013 – Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, shared with an audience of analysts, customers and partners the latest achievements of Huawei’s OceanStor enterprise storage systems at the Huawei enterprise storage forum at Huawei Cloud Congress 2013 (HCC 2013). Since the launch of Huawei’s OceanStor series in 2012, the enterprise storage system has received wide recognition on performance and efficiency.

Market performance: successful entry in major market segments

According to Wei Wu, Director, Huawei IT Solution Sales Department, by August 2013, over 70 Huawei enterprise storage systems have been deployed in over 20 major sectors, including telecom, public security, finance, taxation, electricity, large-sized enterprises, governments, social security, medical care, transportation, and oil, Current customers include the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of China, the Provincial Taxation Bureau of Hunan, the People's Procuratorate of Beijing, the Research Institute of China Southern Power Grid, Sinopec, China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom, among others.

"Huawei Enterprise Storage has now been deployed in a number of value industries and we are confident that this would lead to more sales revenue in 2014," said Wei Wu. "Huawei enterprise storage solutions have won the SNW2013 Product Award from SNIA and Computer World, the Oscar of the storage industry, as well as the Red Dot Product Design Award, which is widely acclaimed as the Oscar of the design industry. The two awards are testaments to the strength of Huawei’s Enterprise Storage industry. In addition, Gartner mentioned in their report that "[Huawei] is designed to compare with top-class solutions in the market."

"Seven Huawei Enterprise Storage Systems are currently deployed in our data center and they provide 1.2 PB of capacity in total," said Wang Ziqiang, senior expert of Huawei Data Center Operation and Management. "Facing exponential data growth and increasingly complex service systems, the data center, which stores 39.8 PB of data from over 150,000 employees across more than 140 countries, must meet any extreme demands on storage requirements. Huawei Enterprise Storage is an integral component of our core systems, including the database platform and the information security monitoring platform. It provides centralized storage for various service systems and it provides better security, reliability, as well as better price and performance ratio than its counterparts."

During the Forum, guest speakers Yan Ming, Former Director of the number one Research Institute of the Public Security Bureau and Director of the Professional Committee of Computer Security of China Computer Federation, Ning Jiajun, Director of the Expert Committee of State Information Center, and Gong Yan, Chief Engineer of Expressway Development Division of Guizhou also shared their views on enterprise storage.

Technology breakthrough: storage virtualization and adopting flash technology in enterprise storage

Last year, Huawei unveiled its core technologies for enterprise storage, such as Smart Matrix Architecture, 3D data flowing technologies, and 4S scalability design. This year, Huawei has made new breakthroughs in enterprise storage technologies, including storage virtualization and the adoption of flash in enterprise storage. Huawei introduced the Flash based Enterprise Storage System OceanStor 18800F, and Huawei proprietary RAID 2.0+ technology that features two-layer virtualization.

"To keep in line with the latest trend in flash, we adopted a flash-oriented system reliability design to prolong its service life-cycle and reduce failure rates," said Zhang Liwu, General Manger, Huawei Unified Storage. "Solid-state drives developed by Huawei provide industry-leading performance. They have enhanced reliability due to advanced capabilities such as global bad page management, wear leveling, and error-correcting code. Moreover, the global control technology designed for flash memory deeply consolidates flash and storage systems to ensure a minimum of 7.5-year service life-span. The achievements made to flash core technologies help to reduce costs while optimizing their reliability. Our deep technology accumulation helps us innovate the Flash based Enterprise Storage System HUAWEI OceanStor 18800F."

"The innovative RAID 2.0+ technology combines underlying storage media virtualization and upper-layer resource virtualization. RAID 2.0+ enables rapid data reconstruction and smart resource allocation. The time spent in reconstructing 1 TB data is shortened from 10 hours to 30 minutes, a 20-fold increase in reconstruction speed. RAID 2.0+ uses HUAWEI Smart series software to allocate resources in a smart way, improving resource utilization by three times and simplifying management by 90%," said Zhang Liwu.

In terms of storage hardware, Huawei storage passed the 9.0-magnitude shockproof test in China this year, and Huawei is the only storage vendor that has obtained this certification. In addition, Huawei storage adopts a proprietary double anti-corrosion design to mitigate sulfidation risks, thereby further improving reliability.

Industry cooperation: win-win resource consolidation

Vernon Turner, senior Vice President of IDC, attended the Huawei enterprise storage forum and shared IDC's perspectives about the trends in enterprise-class data center storage. During the forum, IDC and Huawei jointly released a white paper titled "Enterprise Storage System: Secure and Trusted".

According to IDC, reliability is the core of enterprise storage, and enterprises are advised to pay attention to hardware architecture reliability, data storage, and service application in particular. IDC studied the system architectures of Huawei Enterprise Storage for an in-depth understanding of system designs covering system architecture, data storage, and service protection. Through the research, IDC also learnt about how Huawei enterprise storage fully meets customers’ needs for security and reliability.

"Secure, trusted, flexible, and efficient are the core attributes of the design of Huawei enterprise storage. Secure and trusted are the essential and ultimate goals of Huawei enterprise storage," said Peng Xiaowu, Senior Marketing Manager of Huawei Enterprise Storage.

"Performance, price-performance and power consumption are three key factors to a successful storage product," said Walter Baker, Administrator and Auditor of the Storage Performance Council (SPC), "They are three key factors and elements of successful development of a storage product from a vendor perspective, the key elements and key factors in a successful purchase or upgrade from an end-user or customer perspective," said Peng Xiaowu. " Huawei has been putting great emphasis on storage performance and since 2010, we have submitted thirteen testing applications to SPC. Test on enterprise storage started recently and the expected IOPS would be over 1,000,000. "

"Huawei has been open to collaborations with various partners and analyst firms to provide the best storage solutions for our customers," Fan Ruiqi, President of Huawei Storage Product Line. "Ensuring customers' data security is our mission. Huawei has been dedicated to providing customers with secure and trusted data storage services and will continue to spare no efforts on this path."