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Storage

Huawei launches new members to OceanStor Dorado all-flash storage family

Ronald Raffensperger, CTO, Enterprise Data Center Solutions, Huawei, launches OceanStor Dorado3000 V3 entry-level all-flash storage

During MWC19, Huawei launched the OceanStor Dorado3000 V3 entry-level all-flash storage system and the OceanStor Dorado Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) mid-range and high-end all-flash storage.

The storage systems meet the demands of database, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), Virtual Server Infrastructure (VSI), and other scenarios, facilitating data centers of customers in finance, manufacturing, and telecommunications sectors to step into the all-flash era.

It is crucial for enterprises to future-proof their infrastructure by adopting the all-flash storage that meets their fast-evolving business needs. Since the launch of the OceanStor Dorado V3 all-flash storage series in 2016, Huawei's all-flash storage has experienced wide market acceptance.

According to Gartner's 2018 Q3 statistics, Huawei achieved the highest revenue growth rate in the global all-flash market. Huawei's OceanStor Dorado V3 mid-range and high-end all-flash storage (including OceanStor Dorado5000 V3, OceanStor Dorado6000 V3 and OceanStor Dorado18000 V3) is the industry's first to fully support the NVMe architecture. NVMe enables faster communication between Solid-State Drives (SSDs) and a host system, and offers sharp latency decreases, which brings quality data services to customers. As the fastest all-flash storage, the OceanStor Dorado mid-range and high-end all-flash storage achieves an industry-leading 0.3-millisecond latency.

The OceanStor Dorado3000 V3 launched today leverages industry-leading FlashLink technology to ensure stable performance even during peak hours. The intelligent multi-protocol interface chip supports industry-leading 32 Gbit/s FC and 100GE front-end protocols, while Huawei's intelligent Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) manages CPUs, memory, and other components in a unified manner to shorten fault recovery time from two hours to ten minutes.

The OceanStor Dorado3000 V3 with comprehensive enterprise-class features uses global wear-leveling and Huawei's patented anti-wear leveling technologies to ensure robust SSD reliability. Its innovative RAID-TP technology tolerates simultaneous failures of three SSDs. The gateway-free active-active solution ensures 99.9999 percent availability. In addition, the Converged Data Management (CDM) solution enables cloud-enabled gateway-free Disaster Recovery (DR) and backup, as well as minute-level service recovery on the cloud. High service availability is ensured through multiple reliability protection technologies.

The OceanStor Dorado3000 V3 also adopts industry-leading inline deduplication and compression technologies to cut the costs of energy consumption, cooling, management and maintenance, reducing overall OPEX by 65 percent. This allows customers to significantly reduce costs while deploying devices in a large scale.

In addition, the OceanStor Dorado3000 V3 is compatible with more than 300 mainstream storage devices as well as 98 percent of IT infrastructure in the industry, without the need to change existing services. It helps achieve a smooth upgrade, simplifies O&M, and accelerates data center transformation.

William Dong, Director of Enterprise Data Center Marketing & Solution Sales Department, Huawei Enterprise Business Group, said: "Huawei has 17 years of R&D experience in storage technologies. We have used this extensive experience to develop the entry-level OceanStor Dorado3000 V3, enabling enterprises to benefit from an all-flash platform at a low entry point without sacrificing performance and scalability. We have leveraged all-flash storage to help customers in many industries build efficient data storage capabilities and will continue to innovate to meet their ever-increasing storage requirements."

Huawei fires back at the US Government

Huawei also took action last week against the US government claiming that the ban imposed by the Trump Administration goes against the US’s own constitution.

Deputy chairman Guo Ping said that the specific section prevents Huawei from serving its US customers, damages its reputation and deprives the vendor of opportunities to serve customers outside the US.

Huawei filed suit against the US on Wednesday arguing that last year's defence bill unfairly bans only Huawei and ZTE, while other companies that manufacture their equipment in China are not. It also alleges that the ban violates the US Constitution's separation of powers and violates the company's rights of due process.

Other countries following the US example

Countries such as Australia that in August 2018 informed the Chinese vendor it was banned from providing 5G technology to Australia.

Later, Huawei went to call the Australian Government's actions as "politically motivated, not the result of a fact-based, transparent, or equitable decision-making process".

In early February, Reuters reported that was a group of lawmakers from Italy’s ruling coalition pushing the government to ban Huawei Technologies from supplying equipment for the roll out of the 5G network.

In Britain however, Vodafone said any move by Britain to bar equipment made by China’s Huawei from all parts of new 5G networks would cost it hundreds of millions of pounds and “very significantly” slow down the deployment of the new technology.

The head of Britain’s National Cyber Security Center said last month that the country was able to manage the security risks of using Huawei’s equipment and it had not seen any evidence of malicious activity by the company.

Making a case

Glen Nager, the lead counsel of the action, explained the lawsuit is based on three aspects of the US Constitution: the Bill of Attainder Clause; the Due Process Clause and the separation of powers embodied in the Vesting Clauses.

The Bill of Attainder Clause prohibits legislation that is both selective and imposes punishment.

"The Complaint argues that Section 889 violates this constitutional proscription, because among other things it selectively bars only Huawei (and one other entity) from providing certain products to the Federal Government, its contractors, and federal loan and grant recipients," Nager said.

The Due Process Clause, he explained, requires “due process of law” before anyone is deprived of life, liberty, or property. Huawei will argue that Section 889 stigmatises Huawei by "selectively insinuating that Huawei is subject to Chinese Government influence and is a security risk".

Under the Vesting Clauses, Congress has the power to make rules, not to apply those to individuals.

"The complaint argues that Section 889 violates the Vesting Clauses and the separation of powers embodied in them by effectively adjudicating Huawei’s supposed connection to the Chinese government, instead of allowing the Executive and the courts to make that judgement," he explained.

The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court in Plano, Texas.

The Chinese government's State Councillor Wang Yi, announced support for the Huawei move saying that Chinese companies should use "legal weapons" and not be "silent lambs" news reports said.