The digital economy has generated more data than ever. This places higher demands on data storage for businesses to run their business more intelligently, smoothly, securely and sustainably. In this interview, Michael Fan, Manager of Data Storage Solutions Sales Department of Huawei Enterprise BG, discusses storage trends and how Huawei is addressing the looming challenges and business needs of the industry.
The main problem facing many enterprises today is to increase storage capacity according to new business needs, while storage scalability is usually measured in terms of capacity and performance. Can you walk us through the highlights of Huawei’s storage solution?
Fan: Unpredictable business growth requires storage to provide simple linear increases in performance as capacity is added to meet ever-changing business needs. Huawei OceanStor Dorado all-flash storage can be expanded up to 32 controllers, and its IOPS can reach up to 21,000,000 linearly as the quantity of controller enclosures increases, matching the performance needs of future business development.
Besides the main storage, the Huawei OceanStor Pacific Series uses a distributed, software-defined architecture that linearly increases system capacity and performance through scaling hardware nodes, eliminating the need for complex resource scheduling. The system can be easily expanded to thousands of nodes (4,096) and EB-level capacity, meeting users’ business growth needs. It also provides automatic load-balancing policies to evenly distribute data and metadata across nodes, removing metadata access bottlenecks while ensuring system performance in large-scale expansion scenarios .
Additionally, OceanStor Pacific uses intelligent I/O priority scheduling, large I/O passthrough, small multi-level I/O cache, different cores for different workloads, and QoS to provide users high bandwidth and high performance with low latency. The OceanStor Pacific Series can easily meet a wide range of I/O, latency, bandwidth, and capacity-intensive workload needs, propelling your data centers into the future.
Data centers and ICT technologies were once seen as an effective way to reduce carbon emissions, but recent research shows that globally, data center energy consumption was around 416 terawatts, or about 3% of all the electricity produced on the planet. So how can data centers become compatible with sustainability and climate protection? And how will Huawei address these concerns in its products and solutions?
Fan: The United Nations Environment Program reports that to reach a temperature control target of 1.5°C (centigrade), global carbon emissions will need to decline by 7.6% per year over the next 10 years. years. To address these challenges, Huawei suggests any flash data center in any scenario. The goal of this solution is to build a faster, more reliable and above all greener data center. A 1.2TB SAS disk consumes 7 watts of power, which is equivalent to a 7.68TB SSD. If we use an SSD to replace a SAS disk, the power consumption saved in one year, converted into carbon emissions, is equivalent to planting about 150 trees. Plus, our OceanStor Dorado all-flash array can save cabinet space. If we use all-flash bays to replace HDD bays, the cabinet space can be reduced by at least 50%. This has been confirmed in many cases. For example, a European operator replaced 55 HDD bay cabinets with 9 OceanStor Dorado cabinets. A Latin American bank replaced 20 sets of hard drive arrays with 10 sets of OceanStor Dorado.
Data can be lost or destroyed in an emergency or disaster. What should organizations do to improve their data protection and disaster recovery (DR) capabilities?
Fan: As the value of data — and the threats to it — continue to rise, finding an effective data protection solution is more important than ever for both public and private organizations. With the evolution of more and more applications for data, the requirements for the level of protection, objects, performance and scale have increased considerably. Comprehensive protection throughout the data lifecycle is now paramount.
Huawei’s full-lifecycle data protection solution provides DR, backup, and archive services to help businesses cope with the growing volume of diverse data that powers the digital world. Powered by the latest state-of-the-art technologies, it ensures no service interruption, no data loss and long-term information retention. The solution implements full disaster recovery of hot data, rapid backup and recovery of hot data, and hot archiving of cold data throughout the data lifecycle. Designed for the digital world, it delivers intelligent all-scenario convergence.
Storage faces external security challenges, as ransomware attacks have increased in number and complexity, as well as internal threats, as an employee with the necessary privileges could access secure data and potentially corrupt or corrupt it. destroy. How does Huawei deal with these threats?
Fan: Huawei’s anti-ransomware solution effectively protects against ransomware attacks with multi-layered protection. For example, OceanStor production storage uses the pre-configured blacklist to catch viruses and uses snapshots for anti-tampering. OceanProtect backup storage quickly restores data with backup copies and uses air-gap technology to create a data isolation zone for rapid data restoration with snapshots or backup copies in the zone. It is an ideal choice for enterprises to ensure information security and operation stability.
In addition, asynchronous/synchronous replication and active-active solutions between storage systems meet requirements for data protection, data movement, and data sharing. To meet the data sharing requirements of unstructured information, Huawei’s distributed storage system allows access to the same copy of data through multiple storage access protocols (CIFS, NFS, HDFS, and S3), reducing thus the inefficiency and loss of time caused by data migration. Huawei storage and data protection products provide intelligent ransomware scanning and detection, secure snapshots and WORM to protect data against ransomware. With all these storage technologies, Huawei storage can easily handle all data security risks.
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About Michael Fan
Michael Fan is currently Manager of Data Storage Solutions Sales Department of Huawei Enterprise BG. He is responsible for international data storage and solution sales, including but not limited to strategic planning, market selection, sales strategy development and achievement of sales targets.
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