While fending off America's accusations that it backdoors its gear for Beijing, Huawei has upgraded its FusionStorage software to v8.0 in hope of providing all the different storage resources a data centre needs from one silo.
FusionStorage is a scale-out, distributed system which integrates the local storage resources of up to 4,096 x86 servers into distributed storage pools, to provide multi-protocol resources to applications. It claims six "nines" reliability; 99.9999 per cent, self-adaptive deduplication and compression capabilities, asynchronous replication technology and a latency as low as 0.5 milliseconds.
Huawei reckons customers want a single storage resource covering all their storage needs, from background applications to mission-critical applications. It claims v8.0 is the first distributed storage system in the industry to support critical enterprise workloads and achieve a "one data center, one storage" goal.
V8.0 FusionStorage supports block, file, object, and, newly, HDFS, and database protocols. Here's how it all glues together:
Meng Guangbin, Huawei’s president of the intelligent storage and data management domain, boasted, "The next-generation FusionStorage 8.0 leverages convergence across five dimensions to remove the barriers between enterprise data.” And we know you're just dying to find out what those five dimensions are, so:
- Support of both core and emerging enterprise applications.
- Data lifecycle management from generation, usage, and management, to backup and archiving.
- Integration of edge, private, and public clouds on one platform.
- Converged management.
- One-stop deployment through converged protocols.
Huawei says the Internet of Things (IoT), 5G, cloud, artificial intelligence, and other technologies pose scalability and management challenges to traditional centralised storage with silo-like deployment. It would have you understand FusionStorage unifies these silos and is the Lord of the enterprise data centre Storage Rings.
You can check out a general FusionStorage description here if you're so inclined. ®