Huawei Storage Consolidation Guides Carriers in Achieving Sustainable Growth

Mobile connectivity is the ''new utility'' that has created tremendous new opportunity and growth points. The popularity of providing applications and services to users through the Internet has impacted carrier revenues, forcing them to consider how to turn the situation around and improve their bottom lines.

Carriers must think out of the box to increase revenue and reduce expenditure. When it comes to boosting income, carriers need to develop new services, understand customers, and provide excellent digital services. They must abandon traditional voice-based revenue models, and transform IT systems from costs centers into profit centers. Reducing expenditure needs new technology that allows carriers to consolidate or renovate internal IT resources, lower OPEX, and sustain growth.

Consolidate to Accumulate

Carriers' IT support systems, which support billing, sales, pricing, network management, and other core services, have traditionally been siloed, because each system uses an exclusive set of IT system resources. This has led to data silo issues, where different support systems are unable to share resources and support systems are constructed based on the highest computing and storage demands. As a result, the average utilization of system storage resources is less than 50 percent.

Meanwhile, the coexistence of multiple heterogeneous storage devices requires different management platforms, complicating management and raising OPEX. The cost of maintenance and spare parts for out-of-warranty equipment is very high, keeping OPEX high. Old storage devices with shaky storage performance and capacity cannot support some services or be expanded.

For example, the data center consolidation programs of the US and Australian governments will help them save US $5 billion and US $1 billion, respectively. Carrier CIOs require sustainable development by consolidating data centers and, as part of that, storage.

Jumps in Carrier Service Performance Through Storage Consolidation

Carriers' main operational support systems are BSS, OSS and VAS. BSS comprises customer relationship management (CRM), billing, and business intelligence (BI) systems. These core service systems are very demanding on service response and service continuity, and even more so on storage performance and availability.

Services have passed from 1G, 2G, and 3G over the last 20 years to the current 4G standard in network speed. Services in the 1G era were dominantly voice while those of the 3G and 4G era are mainly focused on data. In the shift, requirements on storage performance have also gradually increased as the loads on CRM, billing, and other systems has risen 10 times over. Backed by its demonstrated technical expertise and decades of dedication to helping telcos realize their agendas, Huawei launched its storage consolidation solution to help achieve the high levels of performance required in the carriers of today. The solution integrates Huawei OceanStor mid-range and high-end storage and SSDs, helping carriers implement cross-service and cross-device data flow, eliminate data silos, improve resource utilization, and reduce OPEX.

The high-end OceanStor 18000 V3 featuring SSD arrays are suitable for large-scale service requirements while mid-range OceanStor V3 appliances, also featuring SSD arrays, provide the best choice for less intense deployment scenarios. According to actual tests, in CRM service cases with 1000 concurrent users, using Huawei OceanStor 18000 V3 high-end storage, with a 10% SSD configuration, and Oracle databases processing the OLTP transaction loads could double the total number of users supported while cutting latency in half. In VDI cases, desktop startup time for 1000 users is reduced 50% after deployment of Huawei OceanStor 18000 V3 high-end storage with a 10% SSD configuration.

It is worth noting that OceanStor 18000 V3 integrated with SSDs achieved 3 million IOPS during SPC-1 testing and a ten-fold improvement in service response as compared to conventional systems. The responsiveness and other metrics are five-times that of the industry average. Huawei's continued investments into developing SSD powered storage solutions over the long-term are precisely what enable such achievements.

Huawei OceanStor 18000 V3 high-end storage

Huawei SSD Storage Products Accelerate Service Response

Beyond a doubt, flash is the most popular solid-state memory used in enterprise-class storage solutions today. Huawei SSD products were released into the market back in 2010. Huge amounts of shipments have been made to enterprise customers since then as Huawei has continued to accumulate extensive expertise in the field. Costs are largely determined by the controller and flash memory chips going into the SSDs. Huawei is the exclusive vendor able to develop its own SSD systems, components, and controller chips; demonstrating industry-leading technological capabilities and cost advantages in SSD drives with ownership of core patents in the field.

On September 19, 2015, Huawei and Micron signed a memorandum of understanding in flash development, which gives Huawei a strong support regarding flash technologies. With stronger error correction capabilities in the ECC algorithms, Huawei flash service life is increased by about 60% as compared to industry averages.

Huawei SSDs

Keeping Growth Sustainable

HDSS keeps pace with the latest development trends in storage technology, with Huawei regularly releasing new products to satisfy ever-escalating storage response needs. Huawei has won recognition from many top carriers including DT, TLF, VIVACOM, MTN, Etisalat, China Mobile, and China Telecom.

Huawei's storage consolidation solutions consolidate carriers' current storage resources, enabling cross-device and cross-system data flow and data sharing for Big Data mining. Consolidation simplifies storage management, helping customers reduce management, operations, and expansion costs; accelerate service TTM; and achieve sustainable business growth.