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Huawei OceanStor is the #15 ranked solution in our list of best All-Flash Storage Arrays. It is most often compared to Dell EMC Unity XT: Huawei OceanStor vs Dell EMC Unity XT

What is Huawei OceanStor?

OceanStor Dorado V3 is the industry's first all-flash storage that puts NVMe into commercial use. It is specially designed for enterprises' mission-critical businesses, meeting the most-demanding performance and reliability requirements of databases, VDI, server virtualization, and SAP HANA.

Huawei OceanStor is also known as OceanStor Dorado V3 All-Flash Storage System, OceanStor 18000 V3 Series Storage Systems, OceanStor 6800 V3 Storage System.

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IT Manager at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Good availability, stability, and it is competitively priced

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the availability."
  • "The upgrading process needs improvement. Deploy it and notify the customers when new versions and stuff comes out. I don't think they're doing that well."

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case of the 6400 and 6800 is as flash in our private cloud and the 5400's we use for backups in private cloud.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the availability. 

What needs improvement?

The upgrading process needs improvement. Deploy it and notify the customers when new versions and stuff comes out. I don't think they're doing that well.

In the next release, they should have encryption. Compliance is a very big thing in security. If we got encryption in the boxes, clients would be satisfied. We'd also like to see deduplication, compression, and NVMe capabilities. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's stable. What we're currently working on is very stable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We've got about five or seven clients that are using it.

How are customer service and technical support?

We struggle a bit with technical support with the language barrier. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup of the 55-5400 didn't take long because the guys knew already how to deploy. The 68's took long. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Pricing is very fair. It's competitively priced. 

What other advice do I have?

I would rate it an eight out of ten. 

I would recommend it to someone considering it. Pricing is very competitive and the routing is very good. 

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner.
EG
Systems Technician at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5
Has sped up our operations and it is easy to maintain and support

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution has improved our organization by speeding up our operations."
  • "The deployment took a little longer."

What is our primary use case?

We use it as primary storage for our Virtualization environment (vmware) under HP Blade system. We store the VM and the data on int (SQL Server, etc).

How has it helped my organization?

The solution has improved our organization by speeding up our operations and increasing the scale of operations (growth capacity).

What is most valuable?

I like the solution's speed and the use of SSD technology. If I have to compare it to what we had before, I would say that it's easier to maintain and to support (on top of performance). It offers great capacity.

it servers not only as SAN but also NAS. The conectivity has a lot of options and prepares us for the use of Ethernet 10Gbit.

The configuration (web interface) is very simple and the dashboard provides all the basic information (health, etc) in a glimpe.


For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using Huawei OceanStor ( /products/huawei-oceanstor-reviews ) for about nine months now.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We haven't experienced any problems since we started using the solution a few months ago. I hope that this continues. Considering that this is a new technology and not a fast prototype, I don't think there will be any stability problems.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

According to their specifications, the scalability is very good. We didn't have to scale yet, but in the future we might add more disks.

How are customer service and technical support?

So far we never had to call support. We currently have a contract who is available 24 hours a day with four hours response time. But as we haven't used it before, I don't know if it's really good or not.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We had an Hitachi SAN AMS 2100 system, that provided us a great service along a lot of years, but that at the moment was completely obsolete (limited FC speed, disks starting to fail frequently, low relative capacity). The storage was not in par with the new servers and their capacities. The main cause of removal was the lack of official support. 

How was the initial setup?

The deployment took a little longer. The installation and setup were just like any other product. It was not complex at all. We want everything to run smooth, so deployment took us about a week or two. But it could be done in two days' time, it is just that we preferred to be more secure and going step by step. In our case, we were moving a lot of data from the old system to the new one and we did this one thing at a time. So that is why it took so long.

What about the implementation team?

We use a vendor team with great expertise in the solution.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Pay attention to other systems with licensing. This system included everything in perpetual mode. Setup cost and time is very simple. As a new player price is very competitive.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There are many different companies and products out there and we did look at a few of them, like HP, Dell, PureStorage and IBM but in the end the best quality-price ratio made this product the winner.

What other advice do I have?

It would be very pretentious to give advice to anyone since the product is very simple and easy to use and we have it only for less than a year. I think the system has more features than we are using right now. Fortunately we have not the opportunity to check the quality of the service as till the moment we have not any problem. 
Perfection is difficult to achieve, so on a scale from one to ten, my rating is nine. F

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Remigiusz Gorecki
Data Center Presales Engineer at Integrated Solutions
MSP
Good synchronous and asynchronous features but it needs better management features

Pros and Cons

  • "The initial setup was straightforward."
  • "The management is not a good feature in all of Huawei products. It's not easy or simple. Huawei has some problems with management and handling storage information from one interface."

What is most valuable?

The replication, both the synchronous and asynchronous are the most valuable features. 

What needs improvement?

The management is not a good feature in all of Huawei products. It's not easy or simple. Huawei has some problems with management and handling storage information from one interface.

Technical support needs improvement. It would be helpful if there was more support in my country. I'm from Poland and there's no big Huawei support here. We are a country and we have only two technical people from Huawei. Sometimes it's not enough.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Sometimes, we have problems with the storage controller, but after adjusting it works fine. Generally, it's a very good solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support could be a problem. We have no big problem with the storage, but we do have problems sometimes. I have Huawei service with my license. In our country, there is no support center and generally, the support center is in China. Sometimes there are language barriers.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. The time it takes to deploy depends on the configuration. It can take a few hours if you are including mounting the storage and bigger deployments with the many controllers can take longer. It can take up to three days, depending on architectural complexities.

What about the implementation team?

I'm an integrator, so I only sell it and deploy the solution in the customer environment.

What other advice do I have?

The customer should know what he wants and the person who manages the storage should outline the needs. You should be aware of what the seller wants to sell and what he wants to do. But this is relevant to every storage product. As a seller, it's very important to not promise the customer better than what the solution delivers. OceanStor is the best Huawei product for the data center.

I would rate this solution seven out of 10. I've never had a storage solution that I've wanted to give more than an eight to. There is no solution without disadvantages.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner.
ITCS user
IT Support Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Consultant
The possibility to split disks into domains also provide a way to get the best "money saving" over "performance" ratio using tiering of disks, so you can use the right tier for any application

Pros and Cons

  • "If your virtual machine that resides on it completely fills the storage space, thanks to it's built-in function of all-zero data space reclamation, you just have to ask to System Engineer to run a zero-free on hosts (thin provisioned) and you will get more space instantaneously."
  • "Unfortunately, this product doesn't support Flash Disks, but it's IOPS capacity is a great compromise."

How has it helped my organization?

Once we had to implement a completely new environment and we didn't need to buy another storage because of it's flexibility.

If your virtual machine that resides on it completely fills the storage space, thanks to it's built-in function of all-zero data space reclamation, you just have to ask to System Engineer to run a zero-free on hosts (thin provisioned) and you will get more space instantaneously.

What is most valuable?

The horizontal scalability up to eight members and the possibility to distribute disks in domains made it my choice, it's perfect for any purposes because there is no waste of space.

The possibility to split disks into domains also provides a way to get the best "money saving" over "performance" ratio using tiering of disks, so you can use the right tier for any application you want to run on.

For example: for a server that only need to stream videos (sequential reading) you will create a mixed tier using SSD for caching and HDD for backend storage.

What needs improvement?

Unfortunately, this product doesn't support Flash Disks, but it's IOPS capacity is a great compromise.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The kernel stability makes it the best choice for preventing disasters, every member in cluster also had at least two active intelligences for redundancy, but in my experience, I never encountered any kind of problem. I think this hardware can last 50 years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Absolutely not, as explained previously, with it's up to eight members for cluster, you can also start a new cluster if you need to expand the business over and over.

How are customer service and technical support?

Unfortunately (or not), I've never had to interface with it, not even for an initial setup. It's really easy to implement in any existing environment.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

The company for which I set up the system was born with this core solution.

How was the initial setup?

Absolutely not, the product work out-of-the-box, you just need a knowledge about networking (in case of ISCSI) and FC protocol (in case of FiberChannel LUN provisioning that was my case).

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

This product value matches its price.

What other advice do I have?

It's the best co-worker you could have with you! And he never gets holidays.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
it_user711933
Service Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
The product is designed to have always HA (High Availability) with redundant network and processors.

Pros and Cons

  • "Stability: The product is designed to have always HA (High Availability) with redundant network and processors."
  • "Configuration complexity and the tools available."

How has it helped my organization?

  • High storage capacity integrated with the core business.
  • Possibility to create new virtualized IT services connected to this storage.
  • Possibility to share very high quantity of information between high quantity of users.

What is most valuable?

Stability: The product is designed to have always HA (High Availability) with redundant network and processors.

Scalability: Willing to integrate high quantity of volumes from different protocols for storage/HD (SAS, SCSI, etc.).

Compatibility: Fully compatible with network based storage both TCP/IP for NAS and FC (Fiber Channel) for SAS.

What needs improvement?

Configuration complexity and the tools available.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No. Very stable, once it has been properly configured.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No. Very scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

Could improve. There is a lot of documentation, fairly complete, but the technical assistant in my experience could improve.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

No. Just using before an open-source-based solution and not scalable.

How was the initial setup?

The configuration process is very complex, and the proprietary tools/software available for configuration are kind of tricky to install and run.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's roughly affordable.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes. HP and EMC. Those are considerably more expensive than OceanStor.

What other advice do I have?

Check for the new version (V3). It seems to have some interesting features and improvements on the configuration process.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:
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