The Huawei OceanStor Dorado V3 all flash storage systems are the OceanStor 5000, 6000, and 18000 systems with only flash devices installed. The name change designation is strictly to meet some arbitrary classification requirements as all flash arrays.
Huawei SSDs are used in the Dorado systems. The following is general information as all flash storage. More detailed information is in OceanStore product analysis for the individual products.
Huawei has a wide range of storage products and the Dorado systems are the all-flash offerings to compete with other vendor systems. The Dorado models are traditional dual controller storage systems with active-active operation for performance and high availability. Storage devices in enclosures are connected either with 12 Gb/s SAS or PCIe using NVMe protocol. Huawei uses their own SSDs and make a point of their knowledge and control of those devices in the systems.
Connectivity for block access is through Fibre Channel, InfiniBand and iSCSI. The system uses a traditional RAID group architecture that has been adapted with storage pooling for thin provisioning. The maximum capacity is limited by number of device enclosures supported.
Advanced features of the OceanStor Dorado systems include:
The Huawei OceanStor Dorado V3 all flash storage systems are designed for use in environments with high performance demands and supporting multiple workloads running on the same storage system. The capacity and features set supported target the Dorado systems for acceleration usage such as databases, VDI, and server virtualization. The availability and resiliency designed into the system meet the expected storage capability for that market.
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The Huawei OceanStor Dorado systems are targeted to be used for critical performance demanding applications such as databases, virtual desktops, and server virtualization storage. The non-disruptive HA and resilience capabilities are significant features that enable the OceanStor system to meet the same expectations as primary storage systems.
The V3 generation of the Dorado systems have been a major advance, bringing many of the capabilities of the OceanStor systems to the Dorado line. Adding support for PCIe attached SSDs with NVMe protocol gets them ahead of much of their competition. The newest generation is V5 so we expect either the Dorado to be updated to V5 or be retired in favor of the other OceanStor systems adding PCIe using NVMe protocol for devices.
The Huawei systems suffers from lack of distribution in North America, which would expand opportunities and help with maturity from competitive demands. Currently, there is no encryption, which has become a checkbox item. Evaluator Group would like to see more customer use cases and experience with the system for a better understanding of maturity of the system and its features.