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95% of New Applications Are Developed in Containers.
Is Your Organization Ready?

Containers use lightweight Operating System (OS) virtualization technology, allowing containerized applications and dependent components to run in a resource-isolated process. These applications and components can be packaged into images for reuse, ensuring that containerized applications run consistently no matter where they're deployed. Container technology also delivers faster application deployment, patching, scaling, and upgrades, accelerating application development and testing while shortening production cycles.

  • Lower Costs

    Compared with traditional Virtual Machines (VMs), the size of container images stays at the MB level, requiring fewer resources to run containers.

  • Superior Portability

    Images ensure the consistency of environments where containers run. In other words, containerized applications can be easily migrated to different OSs and hardware platforms, on or off the cloud.

  • High Efficiency

    Container images can be started and stopped within seconds, enabling faster application deployment, patching, scaling, and upgrades.

  • Development and Test Acceleration

    Containers allow organizations to transform applications into microservice-based architectures to accelerate application launch and shorten the release period.

Challenges to Container Deployment

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    The Rise of Stateful Container Storage

    Today, 78%* of enterprises have either deployed, or plan to deploy stateful applications in containers. But stateful containers rely on persistent storage, therefore requiring new technology breakthroughs to handle future workloads.

    *Source: CNCF Survey 2020
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    The Explosion of Container Applications

    Of all enterprises that use machines, both physical and virtual, 17%* of them deploy more than 5000. This increase in containers brings with it complexity, of course — and challenges.


    *Source: CNCF Survey 2020
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    The Need for High Data Security

    Generally speaking, container uptake in the container ecosystem is low given very real security concerns. The security of containers, and especially the data inside them, has therefore become one of the major challenges facing enterprises.

Industry-Leading Container Storage Solution

Huawei provides industry-leading container storage solutions that combine its storage, which features optimal performance, easy O&M and sharing, and solid reliability, with the diverse products of its many container partners.

Currently, Huawei storage interconnects with many industry mainstream container management platforms, including Kubernetes, OpenShift, VMware Tanzu, Rancher, Cloud Container Engine (CCE) agile edition, FusionCompute, FusionStage, DaoCloud, and Alauda to help customers quickly deploy and run stable containers.


A diagram to show the various features of Huawei's OceanStor Dorado industry-leading container storage solution

CSI: Container Storage Interface
CDR: Container Disaster Recovery

Key Technologies

  • Efficient Backup and Rapid Recovery

    Container Disaster Recover (CDR) is a Huawei-proprietary container Disaster Recovery (DR) management plug-in that runs in the K8s cluster to back up, clone, and restore applications. These application services directly invoke the snapshot and clone functions of storage devices without additional backup software, reducing the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). With the restore service running in the background, data is available as soon as restoration begins.

  • Easy-to-Use with Fast Deployment

    K8s interconnects with a Container Storage Interface (CSI) plug-in specially developed by Huawei, to manage Huawei storage and efficiently distribute storage resources on demand, making batch deployment of mass containerized applications 30% faster.

  • Optimal Performance, Easy O&M, and High Data Security

    Huawei OceanStor Dorado storage delivers industry-leading performance when storing tens of billions of small files. That makes it a smart choice for persistent container storage scenarios, providing a high performance, easy-to-maintain, and secure container foundation for stateful applications.

    Optimal Performance: Huawei OceanStor Dorado supports business success, offering 30% higher performance for both Network-Attached Storage (NAS) small files and Input/Outputs (I/Os), compared to other vendors. It also delivers 640,000 Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPS) for Storage Area Network (SAN) databases, twice that of other vendors. And it offers Non-Volatile Memory express over Fabric Plus (NoF+) technology that reduces latency to just 0.05 ms.

    Easy O&M: SmartMatrix full-mesh architecture and gateway-free active-active deployment for SAN and NAS ensure up to seven-nines — 99.99999% — storage reliability, simplifying O&M and supporting more service innovation.

    High Data Security: Industry-leading SAN/NAS ransomware protection technology protects data from ransomware attacks.

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