Huawei Unveils FusionSphere 6.0 Cloud Operating System for the Enterprise

By Laura Stotler, TMCnet Contributing Editor  |  September 25, 2015

An open source, enterprise-class cloud operating system is an extremely important tool for any enterprise interested in making a seamless and painless migration to the cloud. Huawei (News - Alert) is focusing on this enterprise niche with the launch of its FushionSphere 6.0 OS, geared toward helping enterprises deploy and adopt a variety of cloud and virtualization solutions.

FushionSphere 6.0 is designed to facilitate deployment of virtual servers along with private, public, hybrid and desktop clouds. It also helps enterprises adopt NFVI, an important component for enabling cloud services and an agile and flexible network architecture. An open source design also gives enterprises a broad choice of software components and compatibility with OpenStack standards and APIs. That means that the OS will work with any third-party apps developed on OpenStack without any tweaking or changes.

In addition to OpenStack, Huawei is a founding member of the Open Container Initiative (OCI) and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. These open development standards are a major part of FusionSphere 6.0, which works by integrating resource islands and centrally managing enterprise resources like physical servers and third-party hypervisors. All resources are part of a shared converged resource pool and may be automatically allocated on demand for efficiency and agility.

The OS also offers IaaS through unified service catalogs and APIs, and can elastically scale service loads to deploy services as needed for tenants and upper-layer apps. Additional features include disaster recovery and backup with support for host and storage replication and VIS active-disaster recovery. It also enables SDN by automatically managing both virtual and physical networks with support for dedicated IT service operation.

"FusionSphere is designed to help enterprises overcome challenges encountered during different IT transformation stages, making enterprise business and workflows agile and efficient to deal with changes in the markets, lowering investments on IT assets and human resources," said Joy Huang, vice president of the Huawei IT Product Line.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi