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Intelligence on Demand, Convergence for Future

Huawei recently brought forward the concept of "intelligence on demand, convergence for future" in the storage industry. "Intelligent" refers to intelligent elastic architecture, intelligent data distribution, and intelligent management and scheduling. "Convergent" refers to protocol convergence, product technology convergence, and lifecycle management convergence. HUAWEI intelligent and convergent storage solutions meet customer requirements for virtualization and big data &cloud, and help customers address challenges posed by rocketing data amount and continuous changes in application systems, reducing the TCO.



Intelligence on Demand

Intelligent Elastic Architecture


Huawei employs distributed elastic architecture for its storage products, including the HVS series (high-end distributed SAN product for critical enterprise applications), N9000 (distributed NAS product for big data scenarios), and UDS (distributed object storage for massive cloud storage scenarios). Because of this architecture, HUAWEI storage systems support intelligent capacity expansion together with linear performance improvement. In addition, this architecture enables HUAWEI storage systems to grow together with applications systems, reducing initial deployment cost of HUAWEI storage systems.


Intelligent Data Distribution


Huawei uses two-layer virtualization for bottom-layer data distribution in many of its storage systems such as the T series, HVS series, N9000, and UDS. Instead of traditional physical disk-based RAID groups, such storage systems use logical disks with finer granularity to form data protection and resource allocation units, achieving better support for QoS in host virtualization environments and faster data reconstruction. The two-layer virtualization technology reduces the dependence of data storage on physical disk groups, and smashes the limitation on the number of member disks of a disk group. This technology helps customers mitigate potential service risks in the future and improve storage efficiency.


Intelligent Management and Scheduling


With resident management and scheduling modules, HUAWEI storage systems feature acute system awareness, simplified management of storage systems on web pages or from mobile terminals anytime and anywhere, and improved management efficiency.



Convergence for Future

Protocol Convergence


Most HUAWEI storage systems support various interface protocols including Fibre Channel, SAS, Internet Protocols, and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE). Therefore the storage systems can serve various upper-layer applications. This makes planning of deployment easier and less risky.


Product Technology Convergence


Huawei applies the multi-controller technology of high-end storage systems to mid-range and low-end storage systems. As a result, mid-range and low-end storage systems can provide value-added features that were delivered by high-end storage systems only, and can smoothly scale out from dual controllers to more controllers. This helps customers maximize their ROI. In addition, high-end, mid-range, and low-end HUAWEI storage systems can be managed on the same management interface, improving management efficiency.


Lifecycle Management Convergence


HUAWEI storage systems integrate functional units such as data storage, analyzing, and archiving units to achieve data lifecycle management within one storage system. The storage systems support scheduled data migration between the units. This greatly reduces the management pressure in big data scenarios, facilitates decision-making, improves efficiency, and promotes data values.


Wider Convergence


Multiple HUAWEI storage systems can be integrated together to form customized E2E solutions. In addition, HUAWEI storage systems can be interconnected to HUAWEI computing, network, and security devices to form highly integrated systems that are easy to manage and use.



Summary

The following table compares Huawei's intelligent and convergent storage with traditional storage.


Item HUAWEI Traditional
System architecture Distributed SAN, NAS, and object storage with scale-out architecture Scale-up (for most traditional storage systems)
Data distribution Two-layer virtualization; data distribution by logical disk Data distribution by physical disk-based RAID group
Management and scheduling Resident management and scheduling module; management from web pages or mobile terminals Independent external management software
Interface Support for various interface types Support for limited interface types
Relationship between high-end, mid-range, and low-end storage Application of high-end technologies to mid-range and low-end storage systems; smooth scale-out of mid-range and low-end storage systems Strict separation of high-end, mid-range, and low-end storage
Data lifecycle management Data storage, analyzing, and archiving within one storage system; scheduled data flow in the system Different storage systems for storage, analyzing, and archiving to achieve data lifecycle management
Wider convergence Support for integration of multiple HUAWEI storage systems and integration of HUAWEI storage systems with computing, network, and security devices Poor interoperability between storage systems and other devices