Mid tier storage , It has always occupied half of the whole enterprise storage , What is its future innovation direction , It is also the focus of thinking in the industry in recent years .
Just as data becomes the oil of the new era , The whole society is accelerating towards digitalization . Mid tier storage with a wide user base , In the digital transformation of enterprises, they are also given a new mission , That is, how to help users cope with the storage challenges brought by the explosive growth of data 、 Make full use of data value .
On the other hand , In the past few years , Midrange storage has always been criticized , It seems to have fallen into “ The dilemma of innovation ”, Far less dazzling than high-end storage . A few years ago ,Gartner Just cancel the high end 、 Midrange storage and other Magic Quadrant evaluation , Integrated into a universal array Magic Quadrant ;2020 In 2005, we further integrated all flash memory array and universal array , Launched the magic quadrant of primary storage .
Behind this seemingly unscientific , It's more like midrange storage accelerating technological change 、 Signals of self-renewal . for example ,Hitachi Vantara Recently, I put a big move , Officially launched a new mid tier storage product ：VSP E590 and E790, In performance 、 Energy efficiency and intelligent management have brought unprecedented changes , by “ Mid tier storage ” Injected a whole new meaning .
Why mid tier storage is still important
“ In the past, core data was divided 、 Non core data . Now , All the data is important , All need to be well stored and managed . With PACS Take the data , In the past, I paid more attention to it 、 Emphasize the importance of capacity ; Now all kinds of digital applications are enriched , Doctors need to call at any time PACS Data in the system , Except for capacity , performance 、 Reliability is also important .”-- Last year, a top three hospital CIO It's impressive .
This is a part of the current digital transformation of Qianxing Baiye , It also reflects that users have higher requirements for data infrastructure represented by mid tier storage in the process of digital transformation . Unlike high-end storage, which focuses on industry leaders , Midrange storage has a wider user base , Its responsibilities and functions are becoming more and more prominent .
First , After a long test of the epidemic , The uncertainty faced by enterprises in the future is becoming a normal , Business is also accelerating toward online and digital , Data infrastructure, such as mid tier storage, is an important carrier of enterprise data , It is becoming an important guarantee for enterprises to deal with uncertainty .
secondly , With the digital transformation of enterprises, it has entered the deep water area , Hybrid cloud is becoming the first choice of more and more enterprises , The flow of data between clouds will become more frequent , And mid tier storage will become the data flow hub for medium and small enterprises in a hybrid cloud environment .
in addition , In the digital age, the pursuit of data value of enterprises is rapidly improving , Middle end storage plays an indispensable role in the process of enterprise data value mining and implementation .
“ Different from the simple business model of the past , Now small and medium-sized enterprises also need to face PB Level data requirements , And the cost 、 complexity 、 New technology and a series of challenges . All of these drive midrange storage to accelerate innovation .”Hitachi Vantara Xie Yong, chief technology officer and head of technical sales in China, said .
There are these important trends in midrange storage
all the time , High end storage 、 There is a clear distinction between mid tier storage and low-end storage 、 The boundaries are clear . There are some reasons for this , Some manufacturers have formed high-tech enterprises through acquisition and integration 、 in 、 Three lower product lines , Each product line uses a different operating system 、 The underlying microcode and functions ; The more central reason is , The amount of data in the past 、 Application scale 、 The complexity of the business is unmatched , At that time, it's easy to adopt high-tech services according to the application type and scale 、 in 、 Low storage .
obviously , Between these different products “ Divide and rule ” The situation is breaking . big data 、 The explosive growth of new applications such as artificial intelligence , Is profoundly changing the midrange storage . Take a new first tier city in Western China as an example , The third ring road alone has 6000 road 4Mb High definition video devices , Tens of millions of bayonet pictures need to be stored every day ,ETC Intelligent transportation is eager for fast performance of image recognition . so to speak , future PB Level data volume will also become a new normal for medium and small enterprises .
“ The challenges for medium and small businesses are very complex , The cost of trial and error is very high , And there's a lot of cost pressure , There's not enough system managers .” Xie Yong said frankly ,“ These realities drive that mid tier storage must be cost-effective 、 An effective tool to improve productivity , And it has to be simple to use .”
The specific term , The current midrange storage mainly reflects the following important trends ：
firstly , Midrange storage is bound to be more comprehensive . For example, some highly available double live technology 、 Asynchronous disaster recovery and other functions of high-end storage will also appear in the middle end storage ; in addition , Midrange storage is in capacity 、 performance 、 There will also be a new leap in efficiency ,PB Class capacity 、 Higher IOPS、 The lower delay will be in Webmaster blog More and more mid tier storage is emerging .
second , Intellectualization will be an important trend of midrange storage . Different from leading enterprises , The size of management teams in medium and small businesses 、 The skill level of personnel is uneven , Determines the management of mid tier storage 、 The operation will need to be simplified ; And by AI Ability Injection , Improve the intelligent level of storage system , Simplify management and operation , It will be very suitable for the user's requirements of mid tier storage .
third , Data infrastructure such as mid tier storage is no longer a “ Isolation and closure ” The individual of . As more and more users adopt hybrid cloud , Data flow will become the norm , Data in devices and devices 、 The flow between clouds will become more frequent , This drives the midrange storage with a common storage operating system, which will help break the barriers between storage devices , Let the data flow , It's more conducive for enterprises to go to the cloud 、 Disaster recovery and other work .
As a leader in enterprise storage ,Hitachi Vantara In recent years, we have been trying to decentralize some functions and technologies of high-end storage to mid tier storage , And gradually explore a new way for mid tier storage in the technical level , Leading the development trend of midrange storage .
Hitachi Vantara A big move
“ You can't be radical about , Simply and rudely decentralize high-end storage functions and advanced technologies to mid tier products , It can help medium and small enterprises to improve .” This is what Xie Yong said ,“Hitachi Vantara The idea is to provide a unified storage product , Using the same underlying microcode and storage operating system , Unified management of all storage infrastructures , At the same time, some of the advantages and functions of high-end storage are applied to the middle end storage .”
in fact ,Hitachi Vantara Two heavyweight midrange storage products released today ：VSP E590 and E790, For the whole midrange storage market , Represents the future direction of midrange storage .
These two products revolutionize midrange storage in five dimensions ：
· The first is to provide excellent performance ,VSP E590 The highest IOPS Can be up to 400 ten thousand ,E790 It can reach 680 ten thousand , And the minimum delay of the two is 66 Microsecond , It's the best in the industry ;
· secondly , Two products are in 2U Space can provide more than 1PB Effective capacity of , It can also further expand the capacity through storage virtualization , Let the mid tier storage really enter PB Class Era ;
· Third , Two products can offer 100% Data availability for , Suitable for various business environments , It provides a great guarantee for the business of medium and small enterprises ;
· Fourth ,20 The deployment can be completed in minutes , It has a very simple management function , So that users can quickly start and use , Extremely efficient and practical ;
· Last , Two products are also available 4:1 Data reduction capabilities of , To provide users with a very high rate of return on investment .
Xie Yong said ：“Hitachi Vantara Take the lead in NVMe Introduced to mid tier storage , And with Hitachi Ops Center, Provides many intelligent cross platform features , Including full path performance optimization 、 Smart debugging 、 Automation engine, etc , Point to point solutions to various storage challenges faced by users .”
Facing the future , Enterprises will enter the post epidemic era , Digital transformation is bound to accelerate further , There will only be more storage challenges for all kinds of enterprises 、 Not less . In this trend ,Hitachi Vantara Powerful innovation for midrange storage , Undoubtedly, it has brought a new voice to the market . Who says there's no innovation in midrange storage , Midrange storage will have a broader stage in the future .