Pinnacle, Huawei offer true data centre transformation


Johannesburg, 23 Oct 2019
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Fred Saayman, Huawei Business Unit: Executive at Pinnacle ICT
Fred Saayman, Huawei Business Unit: Executive at Pinnacle ICT

The widespread use of cloud today means businesses need to pay more attention than ever to the state of the data centres they are using, irrespective of whether it is on-premises or in the cloud. In both cases, they need to ensure the technology they are using is capable of keeping up with their competitors, particularly in a world that is driven by digital transformation. 

Through Pinnacle, SA's leading ICT distributor, forward-thinking companies are turning to the Huawei OceanStor Dorado V3 all-flash storage system, which guarantees outstanding performance, reliability, convergence and efficiency for data centre transformation. It offers 4 million IOPS and 500μ latency and consumes 75% less power, reducing TCO by up to 70%. 

In fact, these systems were specifically designed for enterprises' mission-critical services. They harness the power of FlashLink dedicated to flash media to achieve 0.5ms stable latency. The gateway-free HyperMetro feature provides an end-to-end active-active data centre solution, which can smoothly evolve to the geo-redundant disaster recovery (DR) solution to achieve 99.9999% solution-level reliability.  

Moreover, inline deduplication and compression maximise the available capacity, meeting all the requirements of enterprise applications such as databases, virtual desktop infrastructure, and virtual server infrastructure, helping a wide range of industries evolve smoothly to all-flash storage. 

OceanStor Dorado V3 promises a slew of benefits, including outstanding performance, by offering high throughput at a latency lower than 0.5ms, greatly improving service processing efficiency and reducing the time window required for batch service processing. This is particularly useful for banks, customs and securities institutions. 

It also offers scalability, by supporting both scale-out and scale-up to flexibly meet customers' requirements for performance and capacity. Users can scale out the system by adding controllers, while the IOPS and bandwidth increase linearly with the number of controllers, and the latency remains unaffected. To improve capacity, users can scale up the system by adding disk enclosures.  

It terms of reliability, this design is implemented at the component, system and solution levels. Low-density parity-check inside flash chips and RAID between flash chips, provide chip-level failure protection. In addition, flash-dedicated technologies such as the Smart Matrix multi-controller architecture, innovative RAID 2.0+ and RAID-TP, and FlashLink eliminate single points of failure, tolerate a simultaneous failure of three disks, and improve the longevity of flash chips. Finally, the gateway-free active-active solution achieves zero recovery time objective and recovery point objective in the case of a site failure, ensuring business continuity.  

OceanStor Dorado V3 also promises convergence and efficiency. Inline global deduplication and compression allow the product to reduce capex by 75%, while providing the same available capacity as traditional storage systems. Remote replication between OceanStor Dorado V3 and Huawei converged storage systems can form a disaster recovery network containing both all-flash and traditional storage systems. Finally, heterogeneous virtualisation enables OceanStor Dorado V3 to take over resources from third-party storage systems.  

Another compelling benefit is the fast and cost-effective cloud disaster recovery the solution offers. The CloudReplication and CloudBackup features backup production data to the cloud without any external gateway, providing a fast, cost-effective, and maintenance-free cloud disaster recovery centre.

About Pinnacle 

Pinnacle is South Africa’s leading ICT distribution company built on the foundation of entrepreneurial spirit. We offer our clients a broad range of world-class technology products seamlessly delivered across an expansive footprint. Everything we do is underpinned by our technical expertise, drive and determination. Pinnacle is an authorised and exclusive distributor for many leading vendors, allowing us to be the first to market the latest technology and ideas available. 

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Website: https://www.pinnacle.co.za/

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