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Huawei Data Center Integration Service: Making the Construction of Data Centers Quick and Cost-Effective

By Shang Jigang

Data is indispensable, it is like a fuel for the digital economy, and data centers are like the engine that unleashes the energy contained in the data. Now that cloud computing has been fully extended to the edge, data centers play a more important role in determining the application experience and the level of service quality. People are constantly exploring greener and more energy-efficient engines. IT professionals are exploring more environmentally friendly ways to reshape data centers, such as with shorter construction periods and providing higher economic benefits. The data center integration services provide a promising solution.

Traditional data centers cannot meet the diversified and adjustable service requirements of users.

In the era of connectivity, massive amounts of data are aggregated, developed into algorithms, and turned into key factors that form the basis for business logic and decision making. It is fair to say that data will become the most basic input for production in the future. It is the main fuel for the digital economy. Data centers integrate data, algorithms, and computing power to become the core engine of the digital economy. Both cars and data centers share a similar history of pursuing greater efficiency. For example old car engines consumed a large amount of fuel, and the heat efficiency was only about 20%. This produced large quantities of pollution. Traditional data centers are similar to these outdated car engines. Their energy consumption is high, while production efficiency is low. Because of this, traditional data centers are bound to be upgraded or reconstructed.

A 1% increase in the heat efficiency of a car engine requires tremendous effort from numerous engineers. Since the complexity of a data center is no less complicated than a car engine, improving data center efficiency can be considered equally difficult. A traditional data center requires a long construction period, huge investment, and complicated management, even though it lacks flexibility. Even a minor change affects the whole data center. Traditional data centers no longer meet customers' requirements for high cost-effectiveness, flexibility, and efficiency. New data centers must be constructed in line with future service development needs. Huawei is one of the pioneers of the new data center "engine". Huawei’s data center infrastructure integration service solution shortens the construction period from two years down to six to eight months, achieving fast construction and rollout. In addition, this solution has been designed to have a flexible architecture that supports on-demand capacity expansion. This solution has great advantages in terms of energy savings, environmental protection, and management efficiency.

User requirements have become diverse and changeable. Therefore, a full-stack and full-scenario one-stop solution is required. Huawei is a world-leading enterprise that can provide integrated solutions covering chips, hardware, software, systems, and integration service. Huawei has a rich experience with turnkey projects, and has earned a good reputation in the industry.

Fast deployment and green operation: Case study of Huawei’s data center integration service

Dubai International Airport is the world's largest international passenger and logistics transit center. Rapid business growth has overloaded the original data center. With the Expo Dubai 2020 approaching, the Dubai International Airport is in urgent need of new technologies and innovative methods to improve its capacity. IoT is the magic formula that makes airports smart. However, IoT generates massive amounts of data that needs to be transmitted across a full-coverage network. Therefore, a powerful data center is required to provide data transmission, storage, and computing.

The goals are clear, but the challenges are significant:

First, new technologies and functions need to be implemented, and Tier III design and construction certification is required to ensure high security.

Second, because there is no available building at the airport that can be used for the construction of a new data center, the new system must share space with the old system as it takes over services.

Lastly, the new data center must be delivered and put into use within one year.

Obviously, it is a difficult task. To deal with this complicated situation, Huawei is using the FusionModule1000B prefabricated modular data center solution. The solution consists of 23 containers, covering functions such as data transmission, storage, computing, and it is equipped with in-row precision air conditioners and highly efficient modular UPS products. The total power can reach up to 1 MW. The solution meets Tier III design and construction certification requirements. In this way, all Dubai International Airport needs to do is provide an empty space. After the modules arrive, they can be quickly deployed and put into use. The reliability of this solution reaches 99.98%, and the annual average failure time is only 1.6 hours.

Thanks to its modular design, Huawei was able to build the Dubai International Airport data center in nearly half of the time it takes to build a traditional data center. The climate of the Middle East is hot. However, the in-row precision air conditioners, highly efficient modular UPS products, and aisle containment inside the modules allows the PUE to be below 1.6, reducing energy consumption by 30% compared with traditional data centers. In addition, Huawei's advanced NetEco management system reduces management costs and simplifies O&M. After the new data center goes online, almost all aspects of the Dubai International Airport will be covered by the IoT. The new data center is supported by big data and cloud computing technologies and the efficiency and quality of all airport services have been improved, from flight information displayed and baggage handling to enterprise goods transportation. In addition, with the improved services, the modular design can be expanded at any time or adjusted as required, which ensures efficient operations of the Dubai International Airport.

Tianjin Zhenyun Technology and Development Co., Ltd. is a platform company. Its campus is based on the IDC cloud computing center. Tenants on the campus have urgent data service requirements. In addition to high reliability, tenants also require control of investment and operational costs and they need to ensure leading-level PUE is achieved. To meet these requirements, Huawei provides a modular data center solution featuring high reliability, high efficiency, and simplicity. This solution uses digital, networked, and intelligent technologies to ensure high reliability, security, quality, and energy efficiency. The magic formula for this particular situation is the micro-module data center solution, which facilitates fast deployment. All of the modules have been preinstalled and pre-commissioned at the factory, and can be flexibly expanded. 92 micro-modules (2,918 cabinets) are deployed within just four months. In terms of security, the equipment room complies with the Tier III+ standard. The power distribution system uses the 2N configuration, the cooling system uses the N+1 configuration, and the core load system uses the 2N configuration. The data center is based on Huawei's technical services and has leading advantages in power consumption control, security, and manageability. Since deploying Huawei's modular solution, Zhenyun Technology has improved its brand value and gained recognition from users.

West Africa's Cloud Exchange (DimensionData Nigeria) is a system integration and end-to-end virtual computing company with annual revenue of over USD 7.5 billion. To quickly seize the cloud computing market, the Cloud Exchange needed to launch data center services in a short period of time, and build a high-end data center brand with high reliability. Also, similar to Dubai International Airport, the company did not have a building that was dedicated to the data center’s construction. Huawei provided an integrated service solution covering consulting and design, integration implementation, test and verification, Uptime certification, O&M enablement, and maintenance. The FusionModule1000B prefabricated modular data center solution was used. 11 containers were integrated and commissioned in the factory, and 80 cabinets were delivered within two months. Thanks to the same advanced cooling solution, the PUE is lower than 1.5, even when the data center operates near the equator. The PUE of local traditional data centers is above 2.0. In addition, Huawei met the Tier IV high-reliability design standard, and positioned the data center as a high-end brand in the ISP industry in Nigeria.

Accelerating data center upgrades, and helping industry customers conduct service innovation

The Dubai International Airport, Zhenyun Technology, and the Cloud Exchange are typical examples of global data centers. Service volume is rapidly growing, and new types of services continue to emerge, and traditional data centers need to be improved. Old data centers need to support current services, and new data centers need to be built to support future services. However, often there is no place for them to be deployed. In the future, old data centers will have to be integrated into new data centers.

As the digital and intelligent transformation accelerates, advanced technologies are being used to solve efficiency problems. The emerging digital economy brings vitality to the global economy. According to the World Internet Conference Blue Book, the global digital economy is worth nearly USD 13 trillion. According to 2018 Global Connectivity Index (GCI), the scale of the global digital economy will reach USD 23 trillion by the end of 2025, an increase of nearly 80% compared with 2017. The rapid growth also means that the economy is about to undergo a large-scale transformation and upgrade, and a new digital economy era is about to arrive. With all of this in mind, irrespective of the current difficulties, it is urgent to begin upgrading and reconstructing data centers.

Huawei's industry-leading data center integration service brings customers the full benefits of flexible architecture, short time-to-market, energy savings, and features that provide brand value. This helps industry customers quickly and economically obtain an environmentally-friendly yet powerful digital engine designed for the digital era. In this way, you can focus more on service innovation and customer requirement fulfillment, and also share in the USD 23 trillion economic dividend brought by the new digital era.

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