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Huawei Servers Win Enterprise Customers

By Qiu Long, General Manager, Server Product Domain, Huawei IT Product Line

In an era that requires scalable computation, faster networks, and convergent storage, IT systems must be upgraded to meet the demand for creating value in face of changing business environments. As cloud computing, Big Data, and advanced network technologies affect the creation of new business models, legacy IT systems face pressure to keep up with the transformation.

Server systems that offer rapid deployment, flexibility, scalability, energy efficiency, reliability, and low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) are the obvious preferred choice for enterprise data centers.

Continuous Innovation

Huawei began operating a server business over ten years ago to enable our carrier customers to phase out expensive midrange computers. As the business grew, Huawei began to roll out custom servers with converged architectures that catered to the service needs of enterprises. These innovations included: the industry’s first PCIe SSD acceleration card, which transformed the development of Input/Output (I/O) computing technology; the high-density X8000 server that redefined the server landscape for large data centers; the E9000 blade server that integrates computing, storage, switching, and management subsystems; and, specifically targeting the obsolescence of mid-range computers, the Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (ATCA), and the RH5885 V3 and RH8100 V3 that were the first mission-critical rack servers to deliver more Reliability, Availability, and Serviceability (RAS) than midrange computers.

•Mission-critical replacement: The RH5885 V3 and RH8100 V3 servers compare favorably to midrange computers in RAS performance and feature hot-swappable key components to ensure high availability and reliability. Huawei plans to roll out a server series with 16 or more sockets in the near future to further expand its support of mission-critical applications.

•Cloud computing: The high-density X8000 rack server and X6800 cloud-based data center server are designed to maximize rack space utilization by allowing higher densities of high-performance computing and storage nodes to be installed in each rack.

•Big Data: As the industry’s first convergent blade server, the E9000 integrates computing, storage, switching, and management subsystems to form a powerful infrastructure platform. In addition to offering high density deployment of computing and storage nodes, the E9000 consumes much less power, and is easy to install, manage, and maintain. Huawei value-added components include ES3000 PCIe SSD high performance storage cards to enhance and optimize server performance.

Huawei’s commitment to innovations such as these will continue to help customers tackle the challenges created by changing business conditions.

High Quality and a Low Failure Rate

Thanks to strong hardware engineering capabilities, a mature Integrated Product Development (IPD) process, stringent component selection procedures, and strict testing standards, Huawei is able to deliver the most reliable servers in the world. With a failure rate 15% below the industry average, Huawei servers reduce maintenance costs and help Huawei win the trust of customers worldwide.

•High reliability and availability: High reliability and availability are built into all Huawei servers. Our servers have adopted BIOS-based memory migration techniques and an industry-leading memory hot-swapping technology that is independent of the operating system.

The servers possess integrated link-level fault tolerance and retry capabilities. The Quick Path Interconnect (QPI) links between processors, and between processors and memories, support retransmission of erroneous data and active-standby failover when link failures occur.

Huawei guarantees its server performance through its Global Compliance and Testing Center (GCTC), the world’s leading professional testing and certification center. Empowered by teams of experts in devices, interconnection, and energy-saving design, as well as sound testing practices in well-appointed laboratories, Huawei is able to deliver servers with outstanding quality and performance.

•Good usability: Huawei servers are designed with ease of maintenance and usability in mind. Featuring a modular and redundant architecture, Huawei servers support tool-less installation and hot-swap of memory modules, PCIe cards, hard disks, fans, power supplies, and DVD platters that can be replaced without interrupting services.

Developing Data Center Servers

Huawei servers are designed for customers who are building cloud-based data centers or simplifying their existing IT systems. Huawei’s full line of servers and related solutions include RH-series rack servers, E-series blade servers, X-series data center servers, and application acceleration solutions that utilize other value-added components. These servers and solutions help customers build advanced and efficient IT platforms, improve business performance, and increase internal operational efficiency.

Huawei servers are designed for flexibility and ease of use, including simple and efficient integration with existing systems. These features prepare customers to meet increasingly complex business challenges and embrace new opportunities for steady and continuous business growth.

With more than 400 active partners in the global server industry, Huawei remains dedicated to helping customers build efficient, green, and stable cloud-based data centers. Huawei is committed to a professional, trusted, future-oriented server strategy of relentless pursuit in customer-centric innovation to help businesses excel and embrace a promising future.

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