next-generation data center

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Is the world ready for next-generation data center facilities?

When it comes to the next-generation data center, what does it really mean for organizations? Is it a data center that is fully automated with minimal human intervention or is it one that is energy efficient and environmentally friendly? Or is the next-generation data center just meant to be simplified?

For Huawei, it’s all of the above and more. Despite the challenges the company is facing from regulatory issues in the US and now seemingly Canada, innovation is still at the heart of Huawei. The tech company is already leading in several fields in the data center industry and is now seemingly about to set the benchmark for the next-generation data center.

In fact, Huawei has revealed what it feels is the definition of the Next-Generation Data Center Facility, and also unveiled PowerPOD 3.0, a brand-new power supply system, in Dongguan, China. The new rollouts, based on the collective wisdom and joint efforts between the Huawei Data Center Facility Team and industry experts, reaffirm Huawei’s commitment to building low-carbon, smart data centers. The system reduces the footprint by 40%, cuts the energy consumption by 70%, shortens the delivery period from 2 months to 2 weeks, and lowers the SLA fault rate by 38%.

According to Charles Yang, Senior Vice President of Huawei and CEO of the Huawei Data Center Facility Team, technical experts and industry authorities have reached a consensus on the four characteristics of next-generation data center facilities after extensive and in-depth discussions. The four characteristics of the next-generation data center are sustainable, simplified, autonomous driving, and reliable.

Charles Yang SVP Huawei & CEO of Huawei Data Center Facility Team (Source – Huawei)

To be sustainable, Huawei believes next-generation data center facilities need to be fully green and energy-efficient while maximizing the recycling of all data center materials, ensuring a fully eco-friendly and environmentally sustainable data center ecosystem. Sustainable data centers can be achieved by utilizing green resources – electricity, land, and water – and maximizing the recycling of used materials throughout the life cycle.

In addition to the extensively-used Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE), other indicators, including Carbon Usage Effectiveness (CUE), Water Usage Effectiveness (WUE), and Grid Usage Effectiveness (GUE), will also be used to measure data center sustainability.

When it comes to simplifying data centers, Huawei believes it’s all about having simplified architecture, power supply, and cooling embody the evolution of the data center facility. Simplified architecture brings innovative forms of buildings and equipment rooms while simplified power supply reshapes components and links. Simplified cooling maximizes heat exchange efficiency by changing multiple heat exchanges to one heat exchange and shortening the cooling link.

With autonomous being the future in almost everything, it’s no surprise that the next-generation data center has to be autonomous driven as well. From Operations and management (O&M) automation, and energy efficiency optimization, to operation autonomy, automation in data centers will reshape the management of data centers’ operation and maintenance.

O&M automation also enables engineers to complete the inspection of 2000 racks in 5 minutes remotely. The energy efficiency optimization means an optimal cooling strategy can be delivered via 1.4 million original combinations within 1 minute, achieving smart cooling. Operation autonomy maximizes the value of resources.

And of course, the next-generation data center needs to be reliable. Reliability from the sense of having proactive security and secure architecture to ensure high quality and sustainable development of data centers. Proactive security means using big data and AI technologies to implement predictive maintenance from components to data centers, based on the visibility and perception of all domains in the data centers.

Automatic fault response means it will take only 1 minute to spot a fault, 3 minutes to analyze, and 5 minutes to recover. Secure architecture means security will be ensured at various levels, such as components, devices, and systems. At the system level, the E2E visualizable, manageable, and controllable platform enables the system availability to reach 99.999%.

In the pursuit of the next-generation data center, technological innovation will be a key force in ensuring sustainable development. As such, Huawei expects to continue making breakthroughs in products and technologies through continuous investment in R&D and with extensive cooperation with customers, ecosystem partners, and industry organizations.