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Make Storage Simple, Make Business Agile

By Deng Xing, Marketing Director, Huawei Storage Product Line

Enterprises are constrained by the endless investment in inefficient storage systems that give a limited payoff. Cloud-based architectures improve efficiency by providing storage services that support on-demand data flows across devices, regions, and applications. The cloud storage approach simplifies capacity expansion, database acceleration, file sharing, backup and recovery, and integration of heterogeneous devices.

In the meantime, enterprises must cope with the execution of emerging business on an aging platform. One path to help enterprises deal with these issues is to converge a number of storage system types into a single, unified architecture.

To this end, Huawei offers a converged storage system that builds on the OceanStor Operating System (OS). The OceanStor platform is the first in the industry to enable seamless convergence of key functional modes: performance and capacity, backup, and heterogeneous interoperability among low-end, mid-range, and high-end devices. The OceanStor system is built to help enterprises build private clouds to support key applications.

By consolidating data storage, archiving, and caching for analytics, the OceanStor delivers industry-leading performance, extensive scale-out capabilities, and an ultra-large file system to provide shared storage for unstructured data. The system suits a wide range of data-intensive requirements, including storage for video, satellite mapping, gene sequencing, energy exploration, scientific research, education, and telecommunications carrier data.

In production environments where the data for a single person’s genome requires as much as 92 TB of storage, and the genomics library for the global population is on the order of 460 ZB, a storage system purpose-built for Big Data is essential. With a single file system capacity of up to 40 PB, the OceanStor Big Data storage system leverages intelligent tiering, indexing, and scheduling to enable free and efficient data flow.

In the near future it is expected that software-defined Server + Storage Area Network (SAN) converged resource pools with on-demand capabilities will become increasingly popular. OceanStor solutions, built on general-purpose hardware and powered by the OceanStor OS, are designed to evolve into such pools, wrapped within private clouds, and are intended to provide multi-tenant service capabilities targeted for diverse data interfaces (block, file, object, and SQL), and the decoupling of software and hardware via open access interfaces such as OpenStack.

Taking Advantage of the Public Cloud

A growing number of enterprises have chosen to deploy their applications and data on third-party public clouds. In 2014, the amount of cloud-carried data has already exceeded 7 EB. Among cloud-based applications, data-intensive applications dealing with video media are driving the fastest growth, with contributions from scientific, medical, financial, and telecommunications industries.

By 2018, the storage capacity within public clouds will account for 60% of the world’s total. Enterprises expect the cloud to provide first-class storage services and support for local and inter-cloud data flows, disaster recovery, and service migration.

Based on a future-proof cloud architecture, the OceanStor OS implements flexible resource proportioning — both online and offline — to meet the burst-resource needs of enterprise-scale activities. The benefits of having burst resources in a public cloud include high cost-effectiveness, as public clouds cost far less than private clouds; performance; availability; and versatile functionality. The OceanStor solution suits a variety of such scenarios, including low-cost disaster recovery, active-active redundancy, and optimization for Big Data analytics.

Free and Efficient Data Flow

Using the intelligent OceanStor OS, Huawei’s converged storage solutions enable free and efficient data flow between private clouds and public clouds. Free data flow creates sustainable value, simplifies systems, and makes business agile for enterprises, allowing CIOs to embrace all future challenges with confidence.

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