The Huawei OceanStor 2600 and 2200 storage systems are entry-level systems with advanced features and capabilities supporting block and file access. Huawei has a wide range of storage products and the 2600 and 2260 systems have the same functionality as the OceanStor 6800 V3. The 2200 is a traditional dual controller storage system with active-active operation for performance and high availability. The 2600 is a scale-out configuration with 2 to 8 controllers in a paired arrangement. Storage devices in enclosures are connected with 12 Gb/s SAS. SSDs and HDDs are supported in any combination.
Connectivity for block access is through Fibre Channel, FCoE and iSCSI. File access is through Ethernet and support NFS and CIFS/SMB. The system uses a traditional RAID group architecture that has been adapted with storage pooling for thin provisioning. As an entry-level system, the maximum capacity is limited by the number of device enclosures supported with a total of 500 or 300 devices, including the devices in the controller enclosure, depending on the model.
The Huawei OceanStor 2600 and 2200 systems are general purpose storage systems designed for use in environments with multiple workloads running on the same storage system. The capacity and features set supported target the systems for entry-level environments. The availability and resiliency designed into the system meet the expected storage capability for that market.
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The Huawei OceanStor 2600 and 2200 systems are targeted to be the primary storage system in entry-level environments. The non-disruptive HA and resilience capabilities are significant features that enable the OceanStor system to meet increasing expectations from entry-level customers.
The software and architectural compatibility with other OceanStor systems allows customers to replicate data to and from other OceanStor systems. This also allows customers to have a seamless management and procedure environment across different platforms and locations.
The system does not support tiering of LUNs to clouds/object storage or file-based tiering. The features of the NAS implementation are not up to the level of native NAS systems and the explanations of the capabilities are somewhat unclear.
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.