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see also:- Huawei Symantec - editor mentions on StorageSearch.com


Editor's update note:- October 2012 - the Huawei Symantec business identity (mentioned in earlier content below) terminated earlier this year. The enterprise SSD product line (which originated with Huawei) still exists, however. It's new name is - OceanStor Dorado2100.


Who's who in SSD? - by Zsolt Kerekes, editor - March 2012

Among other things - Huawei Symantec markets a 2U FC SAN SSD called the Oceanspace Dorado2100 - which includes a RAID array of 24x 2.5" SAS SLC SSDs internally which can deliver 170,000 IOPS with under 800 microsecond latency and an internal bandwidth of 5.6GB/s.

The Oceanspace Dorado is a tier 1 storage system with no single point of failure which has hot swappable modules and redundant datapaths and controllers. Usable storage capacity is upto 2.4TB (list price around $65K-$70K) .

Huawei Symantec's rackmount SSD is an example of what I call open (versus) proprietary architecture - in that the internal SAS SSDs are industry standard form factors - even though they are made by Huawei Symantec.

In the tier 1 SSD market it's interesting to see just how different the internal architectures are. Huawei Symantec 's Oceanspace is very different to Violin Memory's 6000 series (big architecture, based on proprietary memory modules) and Kaminario's K2 (open architecture based on industry standard blades with Fusion-io's PCIe SSDs inside the flash versions). Yet all 3 companies are addressing the same legacy enterprise storage customers.

For other competing / alternative suppliers take a look at these directories:- high availability enterprise SSDs, FC SAN SSDs, rackmount SSDs, auto tiering SSDs, and the SSD buyer guide.

Huawei also markets a range of PCIe SSDs called the Tecal ES Series.
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Huawei Symantec mentions in SSD market history

In July 2011 - Huawei Symantec launched its first SSD system - a 2U FC SAN SSD with hot swap features, ans 2.4TB usable capacity implemented by a RAID aray of its own design 2.5" SLC SSDs. The Oceanspace Dorado2100 has 800 microsends access time, 170,000 IOPS, and 8x 8Gbps ports with 2 controllers and multipath connections.

In January 2012 - Huawei Symantec published an SPC Benchmark report (66 pages pdf) for its high availability FC SAN rackmount SSD - the Oceanspace Dorado2100. A 1 terabyte (approx) usable protected (mirrored) SSD system (2.4TB raw) delivered over 100K SPC-1 IOPS at a market price of $0.90/SPC-1 IOPS.

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Huawei Symantec publishes SPC-1 results for Dorado2100 SSD
Editor:- January 12, 2012 - Huawei Symantec has published an SPC Benchmark report (66 pages pdf) for its high availability FC SAN rackmount SSD - the Oceanspace Dorado2100.

A 1 terabyte (approx) usable protected (mirrored) SSD system (2.4TB raw) delivered over 100K SPC-1 IOPS at a market price of $0.90/SPC-1 IOPS. Click here for summary (pdf)

Editor's comments:- these SPC reports are very technical and the $ per SPC-1 IOPS headline figures include a lot of detailed factors including 3 years of 4 hour on-site response warranty etc.
storage ORGs directory ... But the documents also include market prices for everything which goes into these calculations. From which we learn that a 2.4TB Dorado2100 SSD system with 16x 8Gbps FC ports costs about $52,000.
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