Why Use Storage as a Service


Feb 26, 2024


Storage as a Service (STaaS) enables enterprises to pay only for what they use, greatly reducing fixed asset costs.

Disaster recovery (DR) resources are also charged on demand. This means customers who require robust service continuity no longer need to build their own DR centers, saving costs in air conditioning, fire protection, moisture-proofing, and electricity facilities and O&M.

Specifically, for applications such as big data analytics and AI, STaaS helps enterprises handle traffic surges with ease via fast capacity expansion.

In addition, enterprises can acquire solutions specially tailored to their application types across the entire data lifecycle. This eliminates the need to purchase multiple types of storage devices, which reduces total cost of ownership (TCO).

In terms of data protection, enterprises can enjoy up to 12 nines data durability, ensuring zero data loss. Enterprises can choose different forms of data protection services on demand, such as backup, local DR, and cross-regional DR, without having to invest in many types of software and hardware.

STaaS helps enterprises reduce the number of O&M experts needed for storage, backup, and DR. Enterprises do not need to coordinate projects and locate faults across vendors. Instead, service providers can quickly locate and rectify faults.

Another key aspect is that enterprises can easily access new features such as ransomware detection by adding service types, without needing to buy new devices.

In summary, STaaS resolves the issue of high initial investments and O&M costs for enterprises and provides immediate access to new storage features and services, making it an ideal choice for enterprise storage.

Huawei Storage as a Service

Huawei Storage as a Service (STaaS) includes the following services:

1.       Elastic Volume Service (EVS) provides highly reliable, high-performance, persistent block storage for Huawei Cloud servers like Elastic Cloud Servers (ECSs) and Bare Metal Servers (BMSs).

2.       Scalable File Service (SFS) provides high-performance file storage (NAS) with on-demand scalability. SFS also allows shared access from multiple cloud servers.

3.       Object Storage Service (OBS) provides secure, stable, high-performing, and infinitely scalable object storage that can help a vast range of industries reduce costs and monetize data.

4.       Storage Disaster Recovery Service (SDRS) provides disaster recovery (DR) across availability zones (AZs) for servers. If a fault occurs in the source AZ, users can quickly recover services in the target AZ. This service achieves a recovery point objective (RPO) of 0 for your layout, greatly reducing total cost of ownership (TCO) in your DR profile, and simplifies your DR orchestration and management processes to cut service interruption times and reduce losses.

5.       Cloud Backup and Recovery (CBR) backs up data stored on Huawei cloud severs, disks, databases, desktops, SFS Turbo file systems, files and directories on local and cloud servers, and on-premises VMware environments to protect against virus attacks, accidental deletions, and software or hardware faults.

6.       Dedicated Distributed Storage Service (DSS) provides users with dedicated, physical storage resources. Powered by data redundancy and cache acceleration techniques, DSS delivers high availability and durability with stable low latency. By flexibly interconnecting with various computing services such as ECS, BMS, and Dedicated Computing Cluster (DCC), DSS offers first-class performance for a wide range of applications, including HPC, OLAP, or hybrid workloads.

7.       Volume Backup Service (VBS) provides online backup for EVS disks without the need to stop or restart servers. VBS allows data restoration from backups, offering protection against virus attacks, accidental deletions, and software and hardware faults.

8.       Cloud Storage Gateway (CSG) is designed for enterprise data tiering. Applications in a customer's data center access the gateway through the NFS protocol. Data tiering is implemented with the gateway's local cache disks and object storage.

9.       Cloud Database (GaussDB) is a next-gen enterprise-class relational database product. Built on a decoupled storage-compute architecture, it works with Kunpeng processors, NoF networks, and OceanStor Dorado storage to provide full-stack high availability. Cluster-level faults are completely isolated in the dual-AZ active-active system, achieving an RPO of zero.

10.    Cloud Container Engine (CCE) is a high-performance, high-reliability service that enables enterprises to manage containerized applications. CCE supports native Kubernetes applications and tools, allowing enterprises to easily build container runtime environments on the cloud.

Customers can select storage resources with different capacities, performance levels, and DR levels suited to their applications. The preceding types of services provide diverse and accurate specifications to minimize TCO.

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