Huawei has launched the first Dedicated Enterprise Storage Service (DESS). Powered on Huawei’s Storage-as-a-Service (STaaS) solution, DESS moves mission-critical businesses to the cloud in support of building optimum hybrid clouds featuring enhanced collaboration between and utilisation of on- and off-premise resources through much improved flow of data. The new service helps enterprises accelerate their cloud agendas for storage services.
Huawei released its STaaS solution in March 2017. The DESS release is an important part of the STaaS portfolio from the technology conglomerate. Powered on a public cloud platform, DESS provides enterprise-class storage in an ‘as-a-service’ format in support of pain-free moves to the cloud. The Huawei solution is able to allay concerns and overcome the technical bottlenecks in the transition with zero data loss and improved security and reliability. Enterprises can now rest assured that their mission-critical services will have access to the performance they need, whenever they need it. The STaaS solution provides cloud-based data backup, hot/cold data tiering, and a long list of other utilities.
The service-driven model is the essence of cloud computing. However, even in the whole IT-as-a-Service push, most enterprises still rely on administrators to execute manual operations when provisioning storage resources due to the complexity of systems. The level of automation remains rather low at most enterprises and storage services largely lack clear service-level objectives and metrics. Perhaps some enterprises find it hard to let go of the “familiarity” of complex data storage management and are somewhat reluctant to adopt the transformations and innovations at the service layer. CIOs are also hard pressed to solve the issues in moving mission-critical services to the cloud and are concerned over moving service data into public cloud profiles. They are also challenged to find the right mix of private and public cloud resources and how to make use of and maintain full custody of both pools. Revamps in the application system are extremely complex as well and risks run high. As such, some enterprises have slowed down their cloud adoptions.