Huawei has revealed a variety of products and solutions at the 2014 Huawei World Congress. Among the technology and solutions revealed was Huawei’s future-oriented Service Driven-Distributed Cloud Data Center (SD-DC²). Embodying innovations in cloud, Big Data and data management, this data center, according to Huawei, assists enterprises build service-driven IT infrastructure that feature key capabilities such as service awareness, business intelligence and unified management. In addition, SD-DC² is open and interoperable with products from third-party vendors, enabling customers to better cope with the fast-changing and dynamic IT environment and to accelerate innovation.
Zheng Yelai, President of Huawei’s IT Product Line, stated that: “Rapid developments in the digital world are redefining information technology. We will see increasing mobility-based data consumption, Internet of Things (IoT)-based data collection, Big Data-based data analytics, and cloud-based data sharing in the near future. Enterprise IT consumption models are also changing: the equipment-centric model is evolving into one that centers on applications and services, and independent data management and operation and maintenance (O&M) will evolve into unified management and operations. Future-proof enterprise data centers will need to be service-driven.”
According to the company, SD-DC² enables efficient operation and management of both traditional and new services, as well as allows more flexible sharing and allocation of IT resources through service awareness, and ultimately supports customers in making business transformation and innovation more agile.
Huawei also revealed the FusionSphere 5.0 open cloud platform and the OceanStor converged storage system, both of which are key components of the SD-DC² architecture, according to the company.
According to Huawei, FusionSphere 5.0 cloud OS is based on OpenStack architecture and delivers comprehensive software-defined data center capabilities and boosts management automation capabilities. It also supports the application of cloud-based carrier services and Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV). Through standard OpenStack architecture and application programming interfaces (APIs), enterprises have the flexibility to select third-party OpenStack-based cloud products and services, and effectively resolve the vendor lock-in challenge, which limits the breadth of cloud services and products or solution providers that a customer can use.
Designed for enterprise and carrier customers, Huawei’s FusionSphere cloud OS has been built with the intention of helping customers deploy server virtualisation, private cloud, public cloud, and hybrid cloud services on demand. As revealed at the 2014 Huawei World Congress the company stated that it has built more than 120 cloud data centers based on the FusionSphere cloud OS in 42 countries and regions for customers across industries – including public sector, telecom, energy, finance, transportation, healthcare, education, media, and manufacturing – supporting the integration and optimization of existing data centers and service platforms, and enhancing service system reliability and IT operating efficiency.
Huawei OceanStor is a converged storage system and features five key convergence capabilities. First, by converging SAN and NAS, OceanStor reduces investment costs by more than 15% and improves space utilization by 50% over traditional systems. OceanStor also supports the convergence of equipment from multiple vendors, achieving smooth data migration, and enabling customers to boost utilization and protect their existing storage asset. In addition, the system’s converged performance and capacity make it possible to quickly adapt to service needs, switching nimbly between SSD and HDD to achieve the ideal balance between performance and capacity. The convergence of high-end to entry-level storage enables efficient data flow through different data storage levels according to its value to maximize the value of that data, and reduces the cost of utilization by 60%. Lastly, with a converged data lifecycle, where primary storage and backup storage is integrated, customers do not need to purchase dedicated backup software and backup servers, and can achieve data backup within second-level.
The 2014 Huawei World Congress is underway at the Shanghai Expo Centre from 16-17 2014.
Editor: Darryl Linington