At HUAWEI CONNECT 2016, Huawei released their next-generation all-converged cloud storage solution, FusionStorage 6.0 Built upon a fully distributed architecture, FusionStorage 6.0 provides on-demand data services, superb performance and capacity, flexible infrastructure, and cloud-oriented interoperability, helping customers easily tackle challenges as they move to the cloud.

Over the past few years, Huawei has launched distributed block storage, distributed file storage, and distributed object storage systems. These types of distributed storage have gained increasing popularity in the market. For example, distributed block storage has over 14,000 nodes and has been used to build Huawei cloud resource pools for 450,000 virtual machines (VMs) and dozens of database systems. Distributed file storage supports mobile phone cloud platforms and has delivered more than 600 PB of backup space for hundreds of millions of users. Distributed object storage provides services for Open Telekom Cloud and delivers efficient and reliable data archiving services for world-class enterprises.

Single-type storage systems in complex cloud environments can often cause numerous information islands and unbalanced hardware resource utilization. They cannot deal with challenges presented by having multiple businesses on a cloud platform. To solve these problems, FusionStorage 6.0, designed specifically for cloud infrastructures, expands upon the product advantages and deployment experience of its previous generation. The new release innovatively converges block, file, and object storage and to enable businesses to quickly access structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data.

Using the symmetric distributed architecture, FusionStorage 6.0 can accommodate up to 4096 nodes and provide EB-level capacity and 10 million IOPS to smoothly move SAP HANA and other critical enterprise businesses to the cloud. Meanwhile, it also supports mainstream virtualization software products and provides open APIs. This allows distributed storage to fit into OpenStack-based cloud infrastructures and Hadoop-enabled Big Data ecosystems.

The unified system management platform features a data service subsystem (DSS). The DSS provides fine-grained tenant management using SLA-based multiple storage resource management and automated resource provisioning features. This automation and the enhancements to data services and O&M management keep data center personnel from worrying about complicated software and hardware resource management so that they are free to handle other tasks. Services that used to require one week can now be placed online in as little as one hour, significantly shortening TTM.

“The ever-changing nature of cloud businesses creates many challenges for data management. What types of data are involved? Are data capacity and storage performance enough for business growth? Are public or private cloud architectures used?” said Fan Ruiqi, President of Huawei Storage Product Line. “With extensive technical experience with distributed block, file, and object storage, Huawei launched FusionStorage 6.0, the next-generation all-converged cloud storage, to provide all types of data storage services for applications on demand. Holding fast to the concept of ‘Data-as-a-Service,’ Huawei helps customers step into the cloud era with technological innovation.”