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Huawei OceanStor 2600/2200 – Product Brief

Last updated August 31st, 2019 for updates to EvaluScale table. Concise 7 page review of entry level SAN product Huawei OceanStor 2600/2200. Covers highlights, potential, usage, and commentary on strengths/weaknesses. Product Brief includes EvaluScale Reviewing Methodology. Download the free Product Brief now!

Overview

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.

Usage

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.

  • Characteristics
    • Block and file access support.
    • Performance – Performance features added include multi-core processors, internal PCIe 2.0 busses, and use of caching and solid state technology.
    • Availability – Dual controllers provide non-disruptive HA.
    • Replication for BC/DR – Both asynchronous and synchronous remote replication is available as is the ability to make local and remote LUN copies.
  • Applications
    • OceanStor systems are targeted at applications that use block and file I/O.
    • The OceanStor systems include thin provisioning, snapshots and replication at no additional cost.
    • Additional cost software licenses are available and support the entire suite of software.
  • System environments
    • The Huawei OceanStor systems provide block storage accessed using Fibre Channel (FCP) or iSCSI with standard drivers on host systems.
  • Deployment and Administration
    • The installation of OceanStor is designed for IT users familiar with storage systems. For customers without the required knowledge, reseller or Huawei service specialists can be used.
    • Management is provided through a management console for multiple nodes, a Replication Director to manage disaster recovery software, and multi-pathing software called UltraPath.
    • Remote Management and Call Home support is also available and is enabled through a Cloud Service.

Evaluator Group EvaluScale™: Huawei OceanStor 2600 & 2200 – SAN Storage

Evaluator Group product review methodology “EvaluScale” assesses each product within a specific technology area.  The definitions of the criteria and explanations of how products are reviewed can be found in the  Evaluator Series Evaluation Guide. Download the product brief now to view the Evaluscale for this product.

Evaluator Group Opinion: Differentiating elements for Huawei OceanStor 2600 & 2200

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.


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