Huawei OceanStor Dorado V3 Overview: Flash Native Storage
#Huawei launched their #OcenStor Dorado V3 last fall during their HUAWEI CONNECT annual event in Shanghai, China. We were on hand for the launch and were able to learn first hand of Huawei’s vision for the next generation of SSD adoption in the enterprise. Huawei describes this as the fourth generation of flash storage, where all flash arrays are not only able to take full advantage of SSD media to deliver excellent latency; they’re also able to leverage data reduction technologies to ensure cost-effective capacity delivery targets are made in a relatively small rack footprint. First though, a step back. Huawei is obviously well known in China, where they hold the top market share in storage revenues and capacity. Huawei is also a significant player in Europe, where they have major operations in Germany, contributing to a top 5 status globally in unit shipments While these are important growth areas, Huawei also sees much promise in North American markets. We’ve engaged with Huawei many times in the past, reviewing both SSDs and the Dorado 2100 G2 a few years back. What we find interesting is they’re one of the few storage vendors that are highly vertically integrated; Huawei makes their own SSDs for instance, circumventing the typical need to dual source drives for their arrays and giving them more control in drive design and firmware development. None of this has happened overnight, Huawei has been investing in research and development since 2005 giving them 12 years of experience with flash storage. A diversified technology base and product portfolio attests to Huawei’s commitment to developing solutions based on all flash media to satisfy the mission-critical requirements of the enterprise.