The announcement puts Huawei on the international map of service providers again. The company has been on the receiving end especially in the United States after it was considered "suspicious" over its motives by various federal agencies. The partnership with CERN has now put the company back on the "nice list", putting it at par with major cloud service providers. Earlier, HP, Oracle and Siemens have worked closely with CERN to offer support in aid of the LHE (Large Hardon Collider) based experiments.
Huawei is providing UDS cloud storage system to CERN. The self-healing UDS offers support for the large amount of data that CERN plays around with on a daily basis. UDS works well with exabyte level data which is around a million terabytes. This large scale object-based storage service uses ARM processors along with affordable SATA based discs. It also offers support for Amazon S3. The Chinese networking giant had earlier provided a 384-node variant of UDS to CERN in 2012. Huawei had only released UDS to the enterprise market in September last year.
The partnership will allow CERN to continue its large scale experiments without worrying about storage, retrieval or backup of its precious data. CERN needed a service that could help manage an enormous amount of data both reliably and cost-effectively in the long term. The three year run with Huawei will give it a lot of room to build a strong partnership. On the other hand it will help Huawei in reviving its images of being the poster child of good cloud storage providers globally. Huawei’s cloud storage had successfully passed quality and performance tests at CERN last summer in 2012.
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