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The 360º Video Cloud Storage Ecosystem that Ushers in a New Video Age

Holding strong to "Make IT Simple, Make Business Agile", Huawei has invested heavily in technology and application innovation, and has successfully created an open ecosystem with its global partners to deliver top-notch video cloud storage solutions and services. During Huawei Cloud Congress 2014, Huawei hosted a special session to discuss topics concerning the application of video cloud storage in Safe City projects. Customers, special guests, and project partners from such areas as public safety, IDC, IT development, and telecommunications attended the seminar. During the session, attendees exchanged views on topics like Smart City, intelligent video analysis technologies, smart law enforcement, and public security platform rollout. Their discussions provided insights into how to leverage IT to make cities and all of the society safer as technology continues to develop. 

Group photo of partners in video cloud storage at HCC2014.

Participants crowd into the video cloud storage session.

Huawei's partners delivering speeches.

Video cloud storage embraces "being integrated and open" strategy

Developed cities over the globe have rolled out their Safe City initiatives in one form or another over the past several years or even decades. Driven by public and private partnership, the security protection industry has witnessed many breakthroughs in both theory and practice. As the initiatives and technologies involved become more mature, Safe City will be rolled out in smaller and less well-developed cities while large metropolises with systems already in place are adding such intelligent functions as smart analytics and preemptive warning (early intervention) to their Safe City arsenals.

Safe City requires collaboration between people, physical facilities, and technologies, with security protection and monitoring systems at the core. The system functions as the "eyes" of the city, which means a simple and flexible structure is required to adjust to the ever-changing urban dynamics. The surge in demands for high quality, reliability, and security of video data raises the need for an intelligent video storage solution. In response, Huawei launched its video cloud storage solution.

The overall Safe City architecture is comprised of many elements, and the video cloud storage system is a key component of the security protection and monitoring system forming the core. Therefore, the storage system must be integrated into the whole project and be open enough to work with other video surveillance services. In addition, security protection and monitoring is a basic capability of Safe City, so it must be compatible with the overall project to maximize return on investment (ROI) and improve system competence. In this sense, Huawei's video cloud storage system must integrate with its ecosystem partners and even with upper-layer partners. "Being integrated" makes Huawei's solution future-proof.

As an extension of "being integrated and open" provides the following advantages: 

  • Allows the system to easily access existing resources, reducing initial investment. 
  • Removes concerns over incompatibility issues. 
  • Enables upper-layer ISVs to focus on designing and optimizing upper-layer service software rather than managing storage systems.

Huawei places a high premium on the importance of being integrated and open when designing video cloud storage solutions. Its next-generation converged video cloud storage solution, the OceanStor 2800 v3, adopts an open design and is built on a virtual platform. In this way, the solution can be integrated with third-party ISV software and deliver open and direct storage for video streams. In addition, Huawei's storage product portfolio provides eSDK open interfaces for storage management, which allows customers and partners to use their own network management systems to manage Huawei storage devices, lowering the total cost of ownership (TCO) and achieving a simple and centralized management approach.

Huawei completes more than 80 interoperability tests with 38 ISVs

By 2015 Q1, Huawei had worked alongside with its 38 ISVs to implement more than 80 interoperability tests and customer verification tests, and summarized best practices based on the test results to guide future project rollout. The results and superior functionality speak for themselves, making Huawei video cloud storage solutions the ideal choice for customers with demonstrated best-in-class openness and compatibility.

All these interoperability tests were conducted at Huawei's IT OpenLab, which provides a video storage test environment with more than 1000-PB in capacity and 100,000 disks, and has witnessed the birth of 24 world records in storage performance. This lab is able to simulate:

  • An ultra-large solution verification scenario
  • An end-to-end solution verification scenario in which hundreds of thousands of video streams are recorded, forwarded, and accessed
  • A video cloud in which video data flows from edge nodes to the center

With its ground-breaking capabilities, Huawei IT OpenLab stands ready to collaborate with partners in finding the solutions that work best for customers.

Huawei video cloud storage builds a 360-degree ecosystem

As urbanization expands and as global economic patterns continue to change, Safe City has the potential to be rolled out in every corner of the world. To date, Huawei's video cloud storage solution has been successfully applied in more than 100 cities in over 30 countries around the world, serving more than 400 thousand residents. Huawei will continue to invest in developing innovative technologies and enhancing the ecosystem with its ISV partners, aiming to deliver more customer benefits and optimal solutions in the new age of video.

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