Huawei FusionStorage is a distributed storage solution offering support for block, file, and object access. Beginning as a block only storage solution with limited functionality, FusionStorage has evolved into a more complete system with the 8.0 release in 2019. FusionStorage has now matured into a highly scalable storage solution that offers exabyte level capacity and can support a virtually unlimited number of objects, while also providing block and file access support.
FusionStorage is available as software, as well as a system based on ARM64 processors running on Huawei Servers. The FusionStorage system utilizes both HDDs and SSDs that are compatible with NVMe, SAS, and SATA. FusionStorage access is enabled over Ethernet and InfiniBand.
FusionStorage uses a ring architecture based off of the MIT chord peer-to-peer distribution protocol. S3 and Swift object storage APIs are supported, along with iSCSI, SCSI, and OpenStack Cinder for block access. NFS, CIFS, and SMB can be used for file access through the use of a gateway such as Pansura, Veritas Access, or SoftNAS.
FusionStorage offers a long list of features including object level deduplication and compression, data encryption, and asynchronous replication. It also features read caching, erasure coding, WORM based immutability, and object versioning, among other features.
With the 8.0 update, FusionStore looks to be a competitive offering in the object storage marketplace. Key competitors include Scality RING, IBM Cloud Object Storage, Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage, Cloudian HyperStore, DDN WOS, and HGST ActiveScale.
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