Huawei: Data Management Engine Review

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Huawei Technology Co. is a Chinese multinational and a leading global provider of communications and IT infrastructure and smart devices.

Founded in 1987 and based in Shenzhen, China, Huawei is ranked No. 49 in the Fortune “Global 500” and says it serves just over 250 companies of the world’s top 500 companies.

Huawei offers dozens of business and consumer products, ranging from personal devices to cloud computing and connectivity.

This review of Huawei Data Management Engine (DME) software focuses on what Huawei offers in the data management and processing market:

Huawei and the data management market

The data management market encompasses products and services concerned with collecting, keeping, and using data as a valuable resource efficiently, securely, and cost effectively. 

In 2018, the global data management market was valued at $812.6 million. With a growth compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23.8%, it’s expected to reach $4.5 billion by 2026.

In 2020, Huawei had 20.5% of the global data management and storage market with its modular data centers, an increase from 12.7% in 2017.

Top software in the data management market and Huawei competitors include:

  • Oracle Recovery Manager with 26.24% market share
  • PL/SQL by Oracle with 23.32% market share
  • Transact-SQL by Microsoft with 9.94% market share
  • SAP HANA with 5.70% market share
  • Oracle Real Application Clusters with 4.33% market share
  • Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio with 3.92% market share

Huawei Data Management Engine key features

Huawei’s Data Management Engine is a smart storage management platform that’s able to handle a wide range of applications.

  • Converged Functions: Simplified multi-device storage management with a single login to the software interface
  • Converged Devices: Unified storage network management that allows for end-to-end automatic resource provisioning, topology generation, and performance analytics and that boosts management efficiency
  • Outside Compatibility: Huawei’s DME is compatible with mainstream storage devices from multiple vendors
  • Open APIs: Provides 100+ APIs, such as service catalog, data life cycle management, and service-oriented capabilities to third-party platforms
  • Standard Protocols: 100% compliance with representational state transfer (RESTful) API specifications
  • Intelligent Provisioning: Flexible service provisioning that’s service-level agreement (SLA)-based and supports device-based and app-based resource provisioning
  • Intelligent Operations and Maintenance (O&M): Predicts risks from multiple avenues with an accuracy of over 90% and automatically resolves 70% of performance and capacity issues

Huawei Data Management Engine key benefits

As an intelligent data management engine, using Huawei’s DME comes with many benefits:

  • Enables complete data storage life cycle management
  • Provides a unified user interface
  • Works with open APIs and cloud synergy
  • Improves operation efficiency of data centers
  • A data storage throughout its life cycle
  • Simplified the O&M requires for storage management

Huawei Data Management Engine use cases

As one of the big players in the global data management market, Huawei has provided its products and services to various companies to help them better manage their databases.

Sarawak Energy

Sarawak Energy is the electric utility company in the Sarawak state in Malaysia. With more than 500 employees and about 700,00 customers, the company is exploring new solutions and alternatives in renewable energy.

In order to catch up with the future, Sarawak Energy decided to digitize its entire business. Partnering with Huawei, it was able to upgrade and refresh its legacy network devices, using robust data storage and management solutions.

“We aim to be a digital utility by 2025 to better serve the people of Sarawak, and by having a culture of openness to the changes, we can move forward together towards a successful transformation,” says Sharbini Suhaili, CEO, Sarawak Energy.

“To achieve more efficient and cost-effective work processes and service delivery, we have embarked on a suite of corporate-wide process improvement and enterprise-modernization initiatives under the Pinnacle Programme.”


Ankabut is the National Research and Education Network based in the UAE. It connects education institutions with other education networks around the globe, including more than 35 educational institutions and 80 campuses.

Cloud technology is an important part of the collaboration. By working with Huawei, Ankabut deployed full cloud stack solutions, including software-defined networking (SDN), a cloud platform, a high-speed data center network, and high-performance all-flash storage.

“Huawei’s technology enables us to offer cloud services to our partner institutions throughout the UAE, which makes the academic process more efficient, reducing expenses and boosting collaborative work to benefit education and research facilities alike,” says Fahem Al Nuaimi, CEO, Ankabut.

Huawei Data Management Engine pros

Here are some advantages to using Huawei Data Management Engine, as reported by some users at review sites:

  • Easy to use and simple user interface
  • Built-in automation for storage management
  • Built-in API support
  • In-depth product documentation and knowledge base
  • Affordable and flexible Huawei price points
  • No setup fee
  • Centralized data management automation across the company

Huawei Data Management Engine cons

Despite being a well-recommended product with many pros, some users at review sites say Huawei Data Management Engine has its fair share of cons:

  • Lack of free trial
  • Poorly rated customer service from Huawei
  • There’s a learning curve to leverage the full potential
  • Heavy software
  • Limited data provisioning customization
  • Requires high management network bandwidth
  • Isn’t compatible with Opera, Brave, and Vivaldi web browsers

Huawei ratings

Huawei’s enterprise products and services are known for their high quality. Huawei’s products have consistently high ratings by users and clients on review sites:

Huawei Data Management Engine cost

Operating primarily in emerging markets, Huawei’s business and enterprise solutions are more affordable compared to its competitors.

As for the cost of Huawei Data Management Engine, Huawei offers pricing on a case-by-case basis to provide solutions that are tailor-made to fit a company’s needs.

For Data Management Engine pricing, you’ll have to contact Huawei directly with your company’s information and provide a budget estimate, with options ranging from under $50,000 to over $500,000 with an option to choose “uncertain.”

Anina Ot
Anina Ot
Anina Ot is a contributor to Enterprise Storage Forum and Datamation. She worked in online tech support before becoming a technology writer, and has authored more than 400 articles about cybersecurity, privacy, cloud computing, data science, and other topics. Anina is a digital nomad currently based in Turkey.

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