Huawei releases OpenStack-based cloud disaster recovery solution

At the Huawei Cloud Congress 2015, Huawei released the industry’s first OpenStack-based cloud disaster recovery solution. This solution provides disaster recovery capabilities for cloud data centers that employ an open architecture. In addition, the solution helps telecom operators and large-sized enterprises provide disaster recovery services for tenants.

The company also launched FusionSphere 6.0, an enterprise-class cloud operating system, which helps customers deploy virtual servers, private clouds, public clouds, hybrid clouds, desktop clouds, and NFVI.

Characterized by openness and convergence, OpenStack-based cloud data centers have attracted an increasing number of enterprise customers and have been actively put into use. The construction of cloud data centers as well as open IT system architectures and ecosystems requires disaster recovery capabilities to be provided for cloud data centers and disaster recovery to be provided as a service for tenants.

To provide comprehensive disaster recovery for cloud data centers that employ the OpenStack architecture, the cloud disaster recovery solution, released at the Huawei Cloud Congress 2015, incorporates Huawei’s mature Disaster Recovery Data Center Solution (Active-Active Mode), that was released in September 2014, as well as cloud management platform ManageOne, disaster recovery management software BCManager, storage service platform OceanStor DJ, OpenStack interface extensions, virtualization, active-active storage feature HyperMetro, and virtual machine backup software eBackup.

Huawei’s cloud disaster recovery solution provides disaster recovery services for tenants through an operation management platform provided by Huawei or a third party. Tenants or service departments can configure a disaster recovery service level agreement (SLA) such as active-active, active-standby, and data backup in a self-service manner, shortening the disaster recovery construction time from months to minutes.

Service departments can also perform disaster recovery drills on their own, simplifying maintenance and minimizing the recovery time objective (RTO).

Huawei has maintained rapid growth in the cloud computing and data center fields. By the end of August 2015, Huawei had constructed a total of 660 data centers across the globe, 255 of which are cloud data centers. As OpenStack keeps receiving popular recognition, Huawei is increasing its investments in OpenStack.

Huawei claims its cloud disaster recovery solution is the industry’s first solution that implements disaster recovery across data centers based on the OpenStack architecture.

Enterprise-class Open Cloud Operating System FusionSphere 6.0

FusionSphere is an enterprise-class cloud operating system, which helps customers deploy virtual servers, private clouds, public clouds, hybrid clouds, desktop clouds, and NFVI, enabling key services on cloud and facilitating continuous production innovation.

Joy Huang, vice president of Huawei IT Product Line, said “FusionSphere is designed to help enterprises overcome challenges encountered during different IT transformation stages, making enterprise business and workflows agile and efficient to deal with changes in the markets, lowering investments on IT assets and human resources.”

The concept of open source is employed in the FusionSphere 6.0 components, architecture, and ecosystem, allowing customers to have more choices in software. Huawei FusionSphere 6.0 keeps pace with the open-source OpenStack community, complies with the native OpenStack standards, and supports OpenStack application programming interfaces (APIs). Third-party applications developed based on native OpenStack can run on Huawei FusionSphere 6.0 without any changes made.

With its contributions to the OpenStack community, Huawei ranked 7th in the latest official Kilo version project. Its contribution covers from resolved bugs and reviews to architecture evolution and innovation.

Huawei also takes steps in the open-source container field and is among the founding members of Open Container Initiative (OCI) project and Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF).

Developed based on the OpenStack architecture, FusionSphere 6.0 integrates resource islands, centrally manages existing enterprise resources, such as physical servers and third-party hypervisors, makes these resources shareable in a converged resource pool, and automatically allocates them on demand. FusionSphere also provides infrastructure as a service (IaaS) for tenants and upper-layer applications through unified service catalogs and APIs, elastically scaling service load and flexibly deploying services for enterprises.

Cloudification of key enterprise services depends on the security of the cloud platform. Huawei FusionSphere 6.0 provides end-to-end disaster recovery and backup solutions that support host replication, storage replication, and VIS active-active disaster recovery, which builds reliable cloud. In addition, the SDN solution with software and hardware builds service-oriented network, automatically manages virtual and physical networks, and supports dedicated IT service operation.

Till now, Huawei FusionSphere has been deployed in over 80 countries and regions, serving more than 1000 customers from various fields, including telecommunication, finance, governments and public sectors, energy, transportation, health care, education, media, and manufacturing.